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Trincadeira

If you like Carignan, Grenache or Dolcetto.

Although Trincadeira is one of the most widespread Portuguese grape varieties, it shows best in hot, dry and very sunny areas, which makes it perfectly suited to regions such as the Alentejo. It is not easy to grow, as it is prone to irregular yields and disastrous molds. But in most years Trincadeira yields great wines with excellent acidity, soft tannins and abundant, intense aromas of black plum and jammy blackberry. These wines are often elegant and well balanced.

A Trincadeira blended with Aragonês in the Alentejo or with Touriga Nacional in the Douro, where it is known as Tinta Amarela, will result in a very engaging wine.

Food Pairing with Trincadeira:

A very fun grape, this varietal is rarely seen as a single varietal but adds a nice texture and soft floral note to the wines of which it is a part. As it is not as robust as many of the grapes its associated with, Trincadeira can help tone them down to produce more balanced wines. When it comes to food pairing, think soft cheeses, simple pork, lamb, and poultry (poussin, Cornish hens, and even turkey) dishes. Meals featuring paprika, pimento, or other sweet/smoky spices also pair well. Finally, rich grain based dishes (sauced polenta, cheesy grits, and creamy risottos) can be excellent matches, as can a plate of charcuterie (pates, saucissons) or Italian salumi (various salamis, coppa, and the like).

Asian duet: Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salad

European duet: Paella with chicken, shellfish, and saffron

American duet: Argentinean empanadas stuffed with beef, onions, olives, and raisins