Wine of the Week

Dow's Vale do Bomfim is a great match for dinner

Wine of the Week
Photo by Wes Marshall

Dow Vale do Bomfim

We all love a bargain, and I'm constantly hunting wines for this column that outperform their cost. During the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival (which, by the way, deserves the highest kudos for delivering more fun and value than it has in several years), the president of Premium Port Wines, Peter Scott, was in town and anxious to show off his Portuguese dry red wines.

Portugal's fame around the world comes from its sweet wines – Port – but only recently has it been exporting some of its better dry wines. Because these wines are made from grapes that most folks haven't heard of and can't pronounce (Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Nacional, in this case), their prices remain low compared to the quality.

The wine we tasted was Dow's Vale do Bomfim, which can cost anywhere from $9 to $15, depending on the store and whether it's on sale. In a blind taste, you might guess it at $25-30. The flavors are decadently rich, but the wine still has all the things foodies treasure about European wines: moderate alcohol so that it doesn't dominate the food flavors, soft but powerful tannic grip to make meat flavors burst alive, vibrant acidity for palate cleansing, and powerful dark berry and plum aromas to add complexity.

Dow's Vale do Bomfim is available at most Twin Liquors and Spec's.

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