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Portuguese Red Blend Wine Review
By Carol A. Wilcox Photo by Paul Wilcox
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. Correia comes from a Portuguese viticultural heritage and is as committed to promoting best practices in agriculture as he is in experimenting with different varietal combinations, resulting in a diverse portfolio of wines.
Bigode Red Blend 2016 (alc.12.5%) is a widely distributed wine intended to be easy to drink and unpretentious. Grapes used in this vintage include Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Franca.
The color is ruby red when poured into the glass. There are aromas of earth, spice, plum and cherry on the nose. The taste is fruit-forward with ripe red fruits and a mellow cinnamon spice at the finish, with light tannins and mild acidity.
It's a nice wine to sip on its own or with tapas, hard cheeses or entree salads with cured meats or seafood. You can serve it at a party and it won't disappoint.
Bigode Red is distributed throughout the United States and is a very nice wine for the price point. You can find it at Cost Plus World Market or other wine stores for $9.00 to $14.00 a bottle.