Up in the Douro yesterday to visit Mateus Nicolau de Almeida in Meda and Foz Côa. But first things first: lunch!
Mirandesa beef – a variety from Miranda do Douro in the northeast of the region, on the border with Spain – incredibly flavourful and tender, some of the best beef you will ever have.
Bashed potatoes – boil your potatoes till only about half done – then drain off all the water, let them dry a moment. In a skillet with lashings of Douro olive oil, sauté the potatoes, giving them a good bashing down, so they are flattened like this…
Grelos – turnip greens, sautéed or braised – slightly bitter earthy flavour.
Quinta dos Romanos Reserva Douro DOC Vinho Tinto 2006 – one of the wines Mateus makes for Lucinda Todo Bom, a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Souzão. Beautiful deep ruby red with pink-violet rim, black and red berries and maybe violet on the nose, a very smooth well-integrated wine, with the depth and slight earthy note of the Souzão giving an extra dimension to the TN-TF blend. Highly recommended. For another opinion, in Portuguese, take a look at this review of the 2004 in the blog Pingas no Copo.