Christmas is a time that exudes magic and celebration. It's time to gather the family around the table, share laughs, memories and of course, good times with a bottle of wine! In this article, we will explore five wines that cannot be missed in your home during this festive season, elevating flavors and sharing in this special season!
Pacheca Porto 20 years old, an irresistible classic
Quinta da Pacheca is recognized for its traditional wines that transport us to the true essence of the Douro. Using traditional grape varieties from the region, coming from Vinhas Velhas, comes Pacheca Porto 20 anos , a Tawny resulting from a batch of several Port Wines that aged in casks over many years, in the cool warehouse of Quinta da Pacheca. During its aging, the wine loses color and becomes brownish and its aromas acquire notes of oxidative aging. This Port has a bright amber-brown color, with aromas that exude elegance and evident notes of dried figs, nuts and caramel. In the mouth it is extremely smooth, with an acidity that gives it a lot of freshness. This option is great to be drunk slightly chilled, at the end of the meal, accompanying caramel praline desserts, dried fruits or egg sweets, perfect for this Christmas!
Ortigão Baga sparkling wine, toast with Bairrada in your glass
Quinta do Ortigão , located in the heart of the Bairrada wine region, has been a pioneer in the production of quality sparkling wines since 1948, reflecting the hard work of 4 generations passionate about the world of wine. One of the most authentic sparkling wines is Ortigão Baga , produced from vineyards located in Anadia, between the Caramulo and Buçaco mountains, just 50 meters above sea level. This sparkling wine, perfect for toasting special moments, has a salmon pink color and aromas of red fruits, with the predominant aroma of cherry and cassis. In the mouth, it displays fruity notes and lots of freshness, with a balanced finish and excellent mouth volume. In addition to being ideal for celebrating toasts, we suggest pairing it with white meats and salads, to enjoy a true explosion of flavors!
Herdade da Rocha Dueto, the best of two Terroirs
Herdade da Rocha Dueto Tinto was born from the passion for the two most emblematic wine regions in Portugal, Alentejo and Douro. Produced by Herdade da Rocha , a producer recognized for producing distinct and superior wines from Vila do Crato, Dueto is made from Syrah, planted in Herdade Alentejo and from old Douro vines, dotted with typical grape varieties from the region, with a clear color. in ruby tones. Its floral aromas, very ripe fruit and perfectly harmonized spicy notes make it irresistible! In the mouth, this wine surprises with its complexity and freshness, as well as being a strong ally with meat dishes, fatty fish or even alone, being very pleasant.
Gáudio Reserva Tinto, bottled Alentejo
Since 2007, the Alentejo wine producer, Ribafreixo Wines , located in Vidigueira, has sought to focus on producing excellent red and white wines, bringing wines with an Alentejo soul to the market. Gáudio Reserva Tinto , a wine made from 60% of the Alicante Bouschet grape variety, 30% of the iconic Touriga Nacional and 10% of the Tinta Miúda grape, comes from the region's Mediterranean climate, which is heavily influenced by the Atlantic. This wine presents aromas with notes of black fruits, some floral, mint, toast and green coffee, and in the mouth it shows balance and a set of solid and robust tannins that ensure a lot of pleasure and longevity. We recommend pairing it with aged beef, or with a game meat stew such as venison or pheasant, and even with a good aged cheese!
Caminhos Cruzados Reserva Red, a wine from a new Dão
Coming from the Dão wine region, Caminhos Cruzados Reserva Red is produced by the producer Caminhos Cruzados , which has a permanent ambition to make modern, complex and authentic wines, in addition to reinventing Dão with each bottle. This wine is made from 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Alfrocheiro Preto, coming from vineyards located in the sub-region of Terras de Senhorim, between the Dão and Mondego rivers. Its color is garnet red, with a strong personality, and its aromas are fresh, with notes of jammy and spicy black and red fruits. In the mouth, it displays a lot of complexity and elegance, with firm and delicate tannins. To accompany a meal, this wine pairs well with goat meat, duck rice, game meat and even rojões, making it a great option for the Christmas table!
The wines suggested here are just a selection of the many oenological treasures that Terras & Terroir has to offer, and which will certainly add a special touch to your celebrations. Toast to the magical moments of this Christmas with us, with wines that elevate the senses and make every moment even more memorable!