Dão Ribeiro Santo 2014, Portugal
A lovely harmonious medium-bodied wine with pure damson and dark cherry fruits.
Perfect with duck breast or pork dishes.
I have just finished a tasting of wines from the Dão region for a piece in the Irish Times. I suspect this will feature strongly. Dão is one of the best-known wine regions of Portugal, but until recently, often produced very average wines. This has changed over the last decade; if you enjoy light to medium-bodied wines, then this is well worth checking out.
€14.95 from Fresh Outlets, La Touche, Greystones; The Coachouse, Ballinteer; Power & Co, Lucan, D Six; Nectar, Sandyford; McGuinness Wines, Dundalk; Green Man Wines, Terenure; Corkscrew, Chatham Street.
Dao Jardim da Estrela 2014, Carlos Lucas
Available from Clontarf Wines; Browns, Portlaoise; JJ O Driscoll, Ballinlough; O Learys, Cootehill; Hole in The Wall, D7; www.quintessentialwines.ie Quintessential Wines, Drogheda, for €12.95.
Lovely soft juicy blackcurrants and red cherries. Refreshing and ripe, with no tannins. Ideal everyday wine with all kinds of red and white meats. A stuffed filet of pork or bacon with parsley sauce both sound good.
I like Dao. When properly made, it is light and refreshing with very tasty dark cherry and plum fruits. There are expensive versions, and some of these are very good. But most are incredibly cheap given the quality and offer great value. These are very food friendly wines that won’t break the bank; perfect for a wet Wednesday. This one is made from three local grape varieties, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) and Alfrocheiro.