Wines that Rock: Douro, Ladies and Gentlemen

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Douro. For a long time a selection of Portuguese grape varieties have been used almost solely for Port. And who could blame them? Port is amazing! But we will save that for another time. Right now Douro is gaining popularity for their red wines, and as our global appetite for decadent, full bodied, meaty, hearty red wines increases Douro will surely be on the lips of many a wine a lover.

Douro is the wine equivalent of sitting in a log cabin, and putting your feet up by the fire after a long day of skiing. You’re exhausted, and you need something to massage your body from the inside

So a quick wine lesson thanks to Wikipedia about what black grapes are found in the Douro region:

The principal grape varieties of the Douro region include the black grapes Bastardo, Mourisco tinto, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (the same as Spain's Tempranillo), Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional

The last varietal, Touriga Nacional, is one we are particularly fond of, because as far as red wines go, Touriga Nacional carries Douro to a whole new level. So we focused on wines that were either 100% Touriga Nacional, or predominantly Touriga Nacional in their blend. Boy, were we happy we did!

Douro wines can be quite similar to Port, as they would be coming from the same grapes. You get a lot of the Port-y sweetness, the fruitiness, and a little bit of the smokiness as well. They have a bitter, very tannic aftertaste that is powerful, but not at all overwhelming. That little dry sensation you feel on the mouth is just enough to leave you wanting more.

Douro wines can be quite similar to Port, as they would be coming from the same grapes. You get a lot of the Port-y sweetness, the fruitiness, and a little bit of the smokiness as well. 

There is something just so warm, so comforting, so relaxing about drinking Duoro wines. It sends beautiful warm sensations deep into your core, straight to your belly. It brings back memories, and sentiments of sitting in front of a fire, whether at a barbecue, or indoors on a cold winter night. It harks to something so primal in us, that we cannot help but sit in silence in the presence of our loved ones. Douro is the wine equivalent of sitting in a log cabin, and putting your feet up by the fire after a long day of skiing. You’re exhausted, and you need something to massage your body from the inside we present to you Douro ladies and gentlemen, a true wine that rocks!

 

Wines That RockDamian Priday