#newwinethisweek Week 30 – Vinho Verde, Portugal
I know it often seems like we just make this stuff up and we’re doing a half decent job of winging it, but believe it or not we do work to a (very rough) plan!
Its my wedding anniversary this week; 8 years ago me and The Fish got married in the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal. I love the Portuguese people and the stunningly fresh seafood but more than anything I love their wine. This week’s #newwinethisweek is one of the most under-rated wines out there; say hello to the fabulous white wines of Vinho Verde.
Vinho Verde is actually a designated wine region located in the northwest of Portugal in an area traditionally known as Entre-Douro-e-Minho. The literal translation of Vinho Verde is green wine, but the accurate translation is “young wine”. Historically the wines were designed to be consumed young, usually within a year of bottling, but recent improvements in technique and technology has led to more complex and age-worthy examples coming into the market. Wines from the region can be red, white or rosé but it is famous for white wines and that is our focus for this week.
The grapes used to make these wines are local grape varieties including Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura, Avesso and Azal. These days many of the more serious wines from the region are made using Alvarinho, which is exactly the same grape as Albarinho, the more famous name from over the border in Spain.
Most Vinhos Verdes are light and fresh and often have a spritz of bubbles. The wines have marked acidity with lots of fruity and floral aromas and flavours and are just the ticket for a summer’s afternoon in the garden.
I think this one will take a lot of people by surprise and make it’s way into your summer repertoires… please enjoy and celebrate our anniversary with us!
So get yourself a bottle, cast your vote and leave your comments… Cheers & enjoy!