Like many Douro dry red wine producers, Casa Ferreirinha was born from the Ferreira Port house in Portugal. For 250 years, this estate has been producing outstanding Portuguese wines. Vineyards are situated in multiple areas of the Douro Valley in parts of the Lower Corgo, Upper Corgo, and Douro Superior. The steep terraced vineyards are planted on schist soils to a combination of the traditional Port varieties; Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela, and Tinta Barroca.
Chateau Peyrassol, is located in the hills of the “arriére pays”, or backcountry, of the Var, north of St. Tropez and Hyères between the villages of Le Luc and Flassans-sur-Issole. Eighty hectares are planted to vineyards, which are cultivated on dry, rocky clay and limestone based soil. No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or fungicides are used in the vineyards. This “prestige” cuvée red is a blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon with some Syrah in the mix.
This Spanish Grenache from the region of Navarra, just east of Rioja is a location where you can find delicious reds off the beaten track. The Navarra is less known than Rioja, its neighbour to the west, but that hasn’t stopped David Sampedro, winemaker and owner of DSG Vineyards, from dragging it into the limelight. Grenache has everything you need to please a crowd and pairs well with late summer fare; full, rich, strawberry and blackberry jammy fruit, with enough acidity to taste bright and fresh.