Dão Sul wines are produced by a star-studded team of Portuguese winemakers, including Virgilio Loureiro, professor of enology at Lisbon University. They have produced a series of classics from the granite landscape of Dão. This wine has deep purple color and aromas of black dusty fruit. There are big tannins, but also opulent, sweet fruit with black-currant and cherry flavors. Spices and herbs complete the mix, along with the essential acidity. —R.V.
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.