I have known Howard (Bilton) for a very long time and there are few people in the world with an unquenchable lust for life and also a warp speed work ethic like this chap. Alongside a mightily busy job as Chairman and Founder of The Sovereign Group in Hong Kong, he also runs the Sovereign Art Foundation (SovereignArtFoundation.com) as well as his super wine company, Howard’s Folly, in Estremoz, in the Alentejo region of Portugal. This wine is the first rosé that he and his renowned winemaker David Baverstock have ever released and it is a cracker. With a red liquorice and red currant theme, this is a more serious style than many southern French “sweeter” numbers and with a more combative bite of sour cherries and cranberries and an upright stance on the palate, this is a fuller, foodier, more challenging wine. If you want to turn your brain off while you drink, by all means, head to the Riviera, but if you want to be turned on (in a vinous manner, of course) then Howard’s Folly will reward your senses while coping with food as flavor-packed as traditional grilled Portuguese sardines, caldeirada, cataplana or pork dishes like febras assadas or plumas Iberico and the awesome braised pork and clam dish porco à Alentejana. While I have yet to taste pregos or bifanas in the UK that compare to those found in Portugal, I would venture that this wine was made with these snacks, and all of the dishes above, in mind.