Touriga Nacional is the principal grape of both Port wine and the Douro region from which it comes, though it is not limited to either. In fact we are seeing an ever increasing selection of table wines being made with Touriga Nacional, usually in a rather powerful style that blends the bright blue and black fruits of the grape with enough oak and extraction to produce a powerful, somewhat chewy wine. I think that Touriga Nacional is a great wine for game meats, but seeing as game can be challenging to find, and may not appeal to a broad range of palates it might be best to start out with something more familiar, and nothing makes red wine taste better than the all familiar Lamb Shank braised in Red Wine.
This is a beautifully simple and uncluttered recipe that allows on the slow cooked lamb, deeply flavored and meaty, to star. Touriga Nacional can have earthy and slightly gamy notes, which make it an ideal match for slow cooked meats like this. This lamb shank recipe would be a great main course for a wine dinner that compared various styles of wine. I think I’m going to have plan my 2013 Lamb Shank dinner this afternoon, featuring Touriga nacional of course!