Bring This Red to Your Next Cookout

Bring This Red to Your Next Cookout

A lovely Portuguese red, from the superb 2015 vintage

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Europe was dancing in its cellars in 2015 – across the continent, from Germany to Sicily, healthy harvests prevailed. Portugal, after so-so years from 2012-14, was very successful. The early releases are just now coming to market. Today’s wine, from the historic Port producer Dow, announces good things. It’s Vale Do Bomfim, composed of numerous indigenous grape varieties that will help make your summer grilling a reason to celebrate.

2015 Vale do Bomfim, Douro DOC $13 srp

Dark garnet/crimson in color. The bouquet is warm and calm with a ripe blend of dark plum, blackberry, roasted meat and charcoal underpinning. Flavors are medium-bodied and still integrating. Richness is evident on the palate, with a quasi-sweet impression due to optimal ripeness. A bit simple, but most satisfying. (40% Touring Franca, 25% Touring Nacional and a 35% field blend of varied grapes.) Drink now-2020.

89/100 points, good value

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.