In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz convene at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants, Incanto, to taste and discuss great port wines.
Theme: Great Port Wines
Wine: Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10 Year Tawny Port ($29.95)
Region: Pinhao Area, Cima Corgo sub region, Douro Valley, Portugal
Varietals: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao, Tinta Amarela
Alcohol content: 20%
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Background: The only Port company founded by a family of Douro winegrowers, A.A. Ferreira is renowned for its incomparable pairing of premium vineyards and colorful history. Located in the home of Port wine, the Upper Douro Valley, Ferreira's quintas have been officially classified amongst the best sites. Ferreira is the best-selling Port in Portugal, and commands over one third of the significant world Port market.
Wine Notes: Ferreira is unique in producing a single Quinta tawny. This wine shows an ideal fruit/wood balance, with nutty vanilla characteristics and soft, mature fruit.
Edward Ruiz, Wine Director at San Francisco's Incanto Restaurant.
Location: Incanto Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Situated in the heart of one of San Francisco's most charming residential neighborhoods, Incanto's rustic Italian setting, with its handcrafted stone, antique brick and woodwork, 16th century Latin parchments, and private dining room dedicated to poet Dante Alighieri, provides a uniquely warm and inviting dining environment.
Incanto's daily-changing menu honors old-world traditions including house-cured meats, unusual regional pastas, fresh local seafood and a commitment to sustainably grown and harvested produce. Incanto's award-winning wine program features one of the most diverse Italian wine lists in the United States and an ever-changing lineup of more than twenty wines by the glass, half-glass, half-liter, and flight.