song pairing: “lonesome lover” – max roach

from: Dao, Portugal

grapes: touriga nacional

Whenever excitement turns into loneliness and inspiration descends into ennui and I find myself throwing a pity-party, I think about the resilient Touriga Nacional grape found in Dão, Portugal. It’s that ‘lonesome lover’ who pines for affection but always seems to be rebuffed in favor of other more famous red wine grape varieties. While it’s most notably used in port production, dry unoaked red wines on the richer side are celebrated locally, but every once in a while you encounter a contrarian like Carlos Raposo.  His Impecavel’s lightness defies expectations, taking a loner down an even lonelier road. I guess Touriga is just waiting for that perfect lover while holding her head high, confident in all the wonderful attributes she possesses. How could you not be confident when you’re considered the national grape variety of Portugal? So, when the loneliness sets in, I just channel my inner-Touriga Nacional, laugh, and pour myself a glass of…myself.


2021 Carlos Raposo ‘Impecavel’ Dao Tinto


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