TOURIGA NACIONAL: PRIDE OF PORTUGAL
Touriga Nacional is Portugal’s most popular work horse red grape. An essential varietal in the production of port wine, it produces characterful, full bodied red table wines in most of Portugal’s wine growing regions as well. In fact, it is known by twenty different names, depending on the region. The Quinta de S. Sebastiao estate is located a half hour north of Lisbon in the beautiful, rolling hills of Arruda. Elevations from 70 to 450 meters above sea level, coupled with cooling Atlantic breezes, add freshness, elegance and charisma and characterize the contribution of the region’s terroir to the wine. Deep garnet in colour, aromas of blackberries and hints of mint contribute freshness and structure on the palate. Enjoy now or lay down for a few years. While pairing with red meats would be the obvious choice, we still have wonderful memories of being served this wine at a local restaurant near the winery. Obviously very popular, judging by the packed house, open-fire grilling slabs of bacalhao (cod) were basted liberally with olive oil from local Quintas and seasoned with an assortment of spices to add a piquant counterpoint to the fish’s flesh. What’s not to love about this local combination of textures, flavours and aromas!