RKS Wine: Dão Memories

My last media trip to a wine region was to the Dão in Portugal. You know those days prior to COVID. I must have visited over a dozen wineries all in beautiful settings. I think the star grape was Encruzado which makes a beguiling white wine. For what we see in Ontario the Douro leads the Portuguese pack followed by Alentejano. The Dão regrettably is way back.

The bizarre topography of the Dão: Photo Robert K. Stephen

This Evidência is a blend of Encruzado, Malvasia Fina and Bical. On the nose tangerine, apricot and guava kissed by minerality. On the palate a dry and smooth wine. Just when you might think it lacks character there is a sudden updraft of blood orange. A short finish. This would suit white fleshed ocean fish or grilled chicken breast that has been marinated in beer, smoked paprika, merquen and a hint of Saigon cinnamon.  For vegheads an Umbrian Carbonara might do the trick or some Turkish green beans. A decent quaffer on those hot summer days and at $12.95 an inflation beater.

This a creature of stainless steel with no oak.

Parras is a huge producer of wines throughout Portugal. They have a 100% Encruzado so I can only hope we see it in Canada so you may be able to share my fascination with that grape all on its lonesome.

(Evidência 2020, DOC Dâo, Parras, Portugal, $12.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 25244, 750 mL, 13.5%, RKS Wine Rating 89/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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