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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.

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