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5 DOs from Iberian Peninsula and their best food pairing

 TAGS:The Iberian Peninsula gives us endless possibilities to pair its culinary offerings with its excellent wines. I am a fan of most of them both and so in the following lines we will do a review mini pairing guide style going through 5 denominations of origin from the peninsula with their best culinary combinations.

We will start by DOCa Rioja. My proposal is Azpilicueta red wine and potatoes with chorizo stew. Chilies cannot be missed for this combination which for me is irresistible even during the summer. The Azpilicueta is a typical Rioja wine and gives the aroma and exact sweetness to the strong flavors of such a delicious and easy dish with which we match it here today.

Do Rias Baixas: Organistrum, from Bodegas Martin Codax. It is perfect to pair with any delight coming from the sea as everybody was already imagining. For example some grilled clams, a fish stew or a good plate full of cockles. Caution: one bottle is not enough, this wine is highly addictive, like happens with seafood.

DO Jerez: Lustau Solera Reserva, ideal for desserts. This is the best way to put the finishing touch to a great evening. Here everyone can let their sweet tooth instincts take over but I would recommend some ?tocino de cielo? (a heavenly mixture of egg yolk and sugar which cannot be any better).

Portugal is also part of the Iberian Peninsula, so let’s finish this mini food pairing guide with two of their wines.

From DO Douro: Quinta da Soalheira, a wine which mixes three grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz from vines over twelve years old. It is an excellent representative of the wines from Douro region. I would combine it with a ?canja a Doentes? (a type of soup which is cooked with chicken meat) or with a ?bacalhoada? (cod and potatoes, not to be confused with the ?feijoada?, a meat dish similar to a stew and therefore much heavier than the other one).

And from DO Porto: Vista Alegre, Bodegas Vallegre, perfect for desserts. I hereby would make a selection tasting including some of the most famous Portuguese sweet treats like candies from Setubal, with that orange taste, Belém pastries and a black bolus portion, chocolate could not miss in this pairing, because I think it’s the flavor that best goes with Porto wine and the one which contributes best to highlight its nuances.

Tawny Porto

 TAGS:Among the main types of Porto wine you can get the White Port, Ruby Port and Tawny Porto. The Porto is a fortified wine produced in vineyards of the Douro River Valley in Portugal. This wine is actually produced 100 kilometers far from the city of Oporto, but it received this name because, since it started being exported from this city to the rest of the world.

Tawny Porto is a brick-colored wine with aromas of nuts, coffee notes and coconut. It is the result of making a blend of wine from different vintages, with more than 3 years of aging in oak barrels for a lighter and soft taste for the most demanding palate.

 Its light and persistent taste with flavors of delicate flowers and fruits, is ideal to serve with nuts, candies and cookies, so you can serve it after dinner with dessert at a family gathering or with friends.

The average age of this drink is more than 25 years, depending on its kind it has an alcohol content of 19.5% and is sold in a presentation of 75 cl.

Recommended for consumption on a minimum temperature of 15degrees Celsius and a maximum of 16 degrees Celsius, this will allow Ferreira Tawny Port wine taste at its best.

The origin of the word Tawny comes from the English Tawny blend; Tawny?s blenders are wines made by aging in oak, during its long aging in oak barrels the wines get aromas of nuts, spices and dried fruits irresistible to those who taste it later.

Within the categories of Tawny Porto we can find:

  • Tawny Reserve, aged for 7 years, it has aromas and flavors balanced between the fruit flavor of the barrel aging. It is ideal for dining with friends or to accompany cheeses.
  • Old Tawny: Wines present in their mix can be 10, 20, 30 or 40 years old, the older they are, the greater its complexity, and cost.
  • Colheita: this wine comes from a specific vintage and their aging is a minimum of 7 years in oak barrels; it has an intense aroma and complexity.

To serve a port wine you can use short type glasses or liquor glasses in quantities of 2 ounces.

Do not miss this delicious wine with a good company or buying a bottle and keep it for that special occasion you may have planned, you will be the best host and please your loved ones with a touch of elegance. These are our recommendations:

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Graham’s is one of the classic marks of Oporto, a unique flavor from our Portuguese neighbors.

 TAGS:Buy Oporto Graham's Tawny 6,56?

 TAGS:Oporto Dalva Tawny 1LOporto Dalva Tawny 1L

A fresh and soft Porto, modern sap to Oporto.

Buy Oporto Dalva Tawny 1L 7,55?