Sunday, June 22, 2014

WCOW'14: Match 4

Match 4Sunday, June 22nd
Countries: USA VS. Portugal
Theme: Field Blends

USA - 3
Portugal - 3

The Wines

USA: Cameron Hughes 2011 Lot 391
Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $19.99
Alcohol: 14.2%

Portugal: Vinhos Borges 2010 Quinta de São Simão
Availability: BCLDB signature stores
Cost: $17.99
Alcohol: 12.5%

The Results

Cameron Hughes Lot 391
Food Friendliness:      
Cameron Hughes Lot 391
Quinta de São Simão
Cameron Hughes Lot 391
Expression of Terroir:       
Quinta de São Simão
Quinta de São Simão


Last minute heroics have kept Portugal's World Cup of Soccer dream alive, but in the cellar, the match-up was even from the get-go. Both wines make for interesting, unique and memorable experiences. The Cameron Hughes wine is juicy-goodness and certainly the ripe, intense, 'sweet' red wine that folks should be flocking towards (instead of Apothic Red). And the Quinta de São Simão is everything you could want from an affordable, rustic red blend that blends both fruit and savoury characters together. No winner, perhaps, but most importantly, no loser with these two fine wines.

 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014

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