Lately, Portugal -- and not only the Douro region -- has been turning out some terrific dry red wines at intriguing prices. And this Cabriz Reserva from an estate that’s just shy of two decades old, is a stunning example of the values that can be found in Portuguese wines. Bright and juicy, with full ripe flavors, this blend of three indigenous grapes has everything going for it -- including elegance and presence.
At less than $20, it’s a steal. Uncork a bottle and fire up the grill for a butterflied leg of lamb, duck breasts or burgers.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Region: Dao, Portugal
Price: About $19
Style: Bright and elegant
Food it goes with: Grilled butterflied leg of lamb, duck breasts or burgers
Where you find it: BottleRock in Culver City, (310) 836-9463, www .bottlerock.net; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, www.mission wines.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX, www.winex.com.