The 2017 (13.5% alc.) is an easy to drink wine with a dark ruby red color in the glass. There are aromas of earth, spice and black fruit. The wine has a smooth taste of ripe fruits and toast, with light tannins and just the right amount of acidity.
The grape varietals used to produce this pleasant-drinking wine include Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bigode Red Blend wine from Lisbon, Portugal is an interesting sipper that catches your eye on the store shelf with a whimsical label of a dog sporting a rather large bigode (the word for mustache in Portuguese). The wine is a product of Portuguese winemaker José Neiva Correia who established DHJ Vinhos well over a decade ago, and has grown his enterprise to 40 different wine brands and over 100 types of wine.
If you’re not familiar with Portuguese wines, or even if you are, it would be worth your time to try a bottle of Giesta. I acquired two bottles of the 2014 vintage red blend wine from a wine club we were trying out and opened one on a recent Saturday evening to drink with a seafood pasta dish that Paul was cooking “ala minuto” (meaning he was making it up with whatever ingredients we had on hand).