I have chosen Touriga Nacional for the October grape of the month. These grapes are almost exclusively grown in the Douro and Dão regions of Portugal. Touriga Nacional has traditionally been used as a port varietal, but it is now also used for table wines. The grape has dark, thick skin, which results in wine with a deep red color and strong tannins. The prominent flavors are berries, violets, and sometimes vanilla and/or mint.