Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Jan 30, 2012 Real Companhia Velha Porca de Murça Tinto 2009 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestReal Companhia VelhaPorca de Murça Tinto 2009 Douro, Portugal $11-13 +114322 available in BC Liquor Stores or select private liquor retailers www.realcompanhiavelha.ptReaders of DRINK will know that for this first month of 2012 I’ve been focusing on value wines – wines that ring in under $17 max (most for much less) and that have quality far outnumbering their price tag. This Portuguese red certainly qualifies. Portugal, famous for their wines for centuries, is synonymous with fortified wines – the Vintage, Tawny, Ruby ports and the like. But Portuguese wines didn’t start out that way. Documents exist detailing Portuguese table wine shipments to England as early as the 12th century. For hundreds of years, this export-oriented wine had a long boat journey down the Douro River to the coast and over to England, and by the time the wine reached its destination, it had often begun to oxidize. Shippers learned that the addition of spirit to the wine aided in preservation and stability, and the tradition of fortifying Portuguese wines began.But not all Portuguese wine is ‘port’. Dry table wines, like this one, are often a value find because very few people know about them. Therefore, demand is not high and the price is kept low. How low? How about a solid and interesting daily drinking red for $11? A blend of traditional Portuguese grapes (the same ones found in fortified port) Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca, this entry level Porca de Murca is the top selling wine for Real Companhia Velha, with over 1 .2M bottles annually (!) No oak here – this is fresh red cherry and black plum, with earthy herbal notes, soft tannins and sweet black pepper on the finish. Uncomplicated and simple to drink, but not entirely simplistic – there is balanced depth of flavour here. Burgers, pizza, pork-decked sandwiches would fare well.87 Points*January DRINKs will focus on budget-friendly selections, all ringing in under $17.Portugalwine review SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.