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Wine of the week: Maria Sau­dade R200 ex­clu­sively on the wine list of Adega restau­rants es­ária Évora, the bare­foot diva from the Cape Verde Is­lands, sang in the pa­tois of the midAt­lantic about long­ing. Or “sau­dade”, as they say in Por­tuguese. Long­ing for a fish­er­man, a lover, for youth, for the past.

The Por­tuguese have a whole cat­e­gory of mu­sic to cel­e­brate this melan­choly feel­ing: fado, played slowly on a gui­tar, ac­com­pa­ny­ing a woman’s mourn­ful voice. One must-do when vis­it­ing Lis­bon is din­ner in a fado café.

It was a Por­tuguese vinho verde rosé that slipped into the top six at our weekly Well­sFaber blind tast­ing at the Taj Ho­tel in Cape Town last month. Our tastemaker Ton­gai favourably rates this blend of Vin­hão & Al­varel­hão grapes. Fresh and fruity, and with un­der 10% al­co­hol, Maria Sau­dade makes a per­fect lunch date.

Try a bot­tle with peri-peri prawns, roast chicken or oc­to­pus stew, or, for a real treat, with a plate of grilled sar­dines with coarse salt. This is the kind of wine that makes you long for Mozam­bique.

The coun­try is a for­mer Por­tuguese colony and even to­day Por­tuguese cul­ti­vars are more pop­u­lar in the bars and

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