Some of the world's great wine values now are coming from Portugal's rising dry wine industry, and this 2013 Vinha do Rosário red from Casa Ermalinda Freitas is a stellar example. Grown in the sandy soil vineyards of the Fernando Pó region on the Setubal Peninsula just south of Lisbon, this wine is a blend of Castelão and Touriga Nacional - two classic Portuguese port grapes - with syrah and cabernet sauvignon.
Is there any moment more hopeful than that first pour of sparkling wine splashing into your glass? The swirl of tiny bubbles, doubling back in a creamy rush of foam, blooms to the surface beneath our noses as the wine world's most emphatic offering of something glittery and gorgeous to come.
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