BEST VALUE UNDER €15
Poças, Coroa d’Ouro, Douro, Portugal (2014) — €10
Retail outlets: The Grape Vine Glasnevin, The Drink Store Manor St, Martin’s Fairview
Poças (note the soft ‘c’) are an underrated but excellent Port house now imported by Comans and this is their inexpensive red wine from the Douro. Fruity and fresh with touches of tobacco and spice, round and ripe so would work well at 10-12C for a warm day.
Colossal Reserva, Lisboa, Portugal — €14.99
Stockists: Ardkeen Stores, Vintry, Redmonds, Martins, McGuinness Dundalk, Independents
Lisboa, around Lisbon, has similar grapes and styles to the wines of Alentejo — the region is always excellent value. A blend of tourga nacional, syrah, tinta roriz and alicante bouschet, this is full flavoured, fruity and solid with lingering soft tobacco and violet tinged dark fruits.
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde DOC 2015 — €12.99
Stockists: JJ O’Driscolls Ballinlough, Vanilla Grape, Independents
The Vinho Verde region is just over the border from Galicia in Norhern Portugal with similar grapes — Alvarinho, Loureiro (used here) etc. Citrus, floral and tropical touches, balanced and fruity with a subtle but noticeable spritz on the palate that adds extra zing and freshness.