Meia Pipa—half a barrel—refers to the small barrels used for aging this ripe and juicy wine that combines the local Castelão with Cabernet and Syrah. It has great red berry and cranberry freshness, the Cabernet giving just the right amount of structure.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.