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Critic and journalist Dave McIntyre selects this special wine from a shortlist of wines not to be missed in the United States.

Vinha da Coutada Velha Red is the highlight of The Washington Post. A weekly selection of wines from the US publication, carefully criticised by journalist Dave McIntyre.

Vinha da Coutada Velha
Alentejo, Portugal

"Every time I sing Portugal’s praises for producing great quality and affordable wine, another example drives the point home. This is a blend of aragonez (a Portuguese name for tempranillo), trincadeira, syrah and cabernet sauvignon, so it combines native grapes with international standards. The result is a spicy mix of red and dark fruit flavors, anchored by an appealing earthiness. This wine is delicious by itself but really calls for hearty meats and sausages." - Dave McIntyre