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Discover Silk & Spice Red Blend:
This clear red wine is a modern expression of the spices discovered by the Portuguese explorers in 1498 on the Spice Trail”. These explorations opened new and exciting flavors to the western world, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and pepper. This wine has unusual and rich tastes born from local Portuguese grapes and a unique terrain. Silk & Spice receives over 90 points from Wine Enthusiast for 4 consecutive years!
Intense ruby color, with a bright red border. The predominant flavors are ripe, cooked black fruit. Sweet vanilla notes and hints of mocha. The first impression in the mouth is rich and intense. Excellent balance of tannins and acidity, with a long and smooth finish.
Pork chops, beef stew, beef stroganoff, lasagne and comparable dishes are served with tomato sauces or barbecue sauces.
Silk & Spice represents the exceptional flavors made possible by the various Portuguese terroirs, local Portuguese grapes and spices and exotic flavors that were discovered in Silk & Spice’s trails to the Far East in the 1500s. It is a deep and rich red blend, characterized by aromas of ripe red fruits with notes of vanilla, mocha and spices. The local Portuguese varieties – Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Baga – make silk and spices.
The sticker illustrates a rethinking of the original 15th century map of the Age of Discoveries. It shows in detail the Bay of Bengal, the Portuguese coat of arms and the historic caravel of the time – all this symbolizes the bravery of sailors who traveled into the unknown and shared spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper with the world, as well as fabrics such as silk.
Oenologist Ant?nio Braga is director of oenology at Sogrape Vinhos. Initially, he assumed the role of oenologist at Quinta da Leda since 2007. There, in the Douro Superior, Ant?nio followed 10 harvests and made an invaluable contribution as the “right hand” of Luis Sottomayor, reinforcing the portfolio and prestige of Sogrape’s Douro wine brands. In recognition of his excellent work, new and wider responsibilities naturally followed, and in March 2017 Ant?nio Braga assumed responsibility for some regions of Sogrape Vinhos (Vignos Vernes, Dao, Bayrada and Lisbon), looking after a new team of winemakers.
Producer Notes: Silk & Space
Silk & Space is a drinks producer that is known for its unique and innovative approach to creating beverages. The company is based in San Francisco, California, and was founded in 2015 by a group of friends who shared a passion for creating high-quality, natural drinks.
The name Silk & Space is inspired by the company’s commitment to using only the finest ingredients, sourced from around the world, and its dedication to creating drinks that are both delicious and healthy. The company’s mission is to provide consumers with a range of beverages that are not only refreshing but also nourishing and beneficial to their health.
Silk & Space is best known for its line of cold-pressed juices, which are made using a unique process that preserves the natural flavors and nutrients of the fruits and vegetables used. The company’s juices are available in a range of flavors, including green juice, beet juice, and carrot juice, and are sold in stores and online.
In addition to its juices, Silk & Space also produces a range of other beverages, including kombucha, sparkling water, and herbal tea. All of the company’s drinks are made using natural ingredients and are free from artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.
One of the most famous drinks produced by Silk & Space is its kombucha, which is made using a blend of organic tea, sugar, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The company’s kombucha is available in a range of flavors, including ginger, raspberry, and lemon, and is known for its refreshing taste and health benefits.
Overall, Silk & Space is a drinks producer that is committed to creating high-quality, natural beverages that are both delicious and healthy. With its innovative approach to drink-making and its dedication to using only the finest ingredients, the company has quickly become a favorite among health-conscious consumers.
About the Producer: McDowell's
McDowell's is the world's largest alcoholic beverage brand in India. McDowell's #1. Whiskey alone is the second largest whiskey brand by volume after the official choice, also from India. The brand takes its name from Angus McDowell, a Scottish businessman who has imported cigars, tea and groceries to Madras since the 1820s. His company was acquired by the United Breweries of Vittal Malia in 1951. Malia founded its first distillery in Kerala in 1959 for create Indian versions of foreign spirits known as IMFL (Indian-Made Foreign Liquor). McDowell's first product was brandy. The #1 whiskey debuted in 1968 and the rum appeared in the early 1990s. Since 2006, McDowell's has been part of United Spirits. Diageo acquired a majority stake in this venture during 2013 and 2014. In recent years, the Scotch Whiskey Association has struggled to block the sale of McDowell's No. 1 whiskey outside India because of its Scottish name. The same applies to Bagpiper whiskey, also part of United Breweries. Diageo, which owns several Scotch whiskey distilleries, was ready for a change. Sales of the bagpipes abroad were small enough for Diageo to stop exporting altogether. Although only 2-3% of McDowell's sales were abroad, it was still about 650,000 cases a year. The main markets include Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Nigeria. Therefore, the name change to export markets was investigated and the word “Mr. Dowell #1” was introduced in 2018. The word "whisky" was also removed from labels. The SWA, however, did not try to get the McDowell name banned in India. Given that Diageo is also a majority shareholder in SWA, this is understandable.