Vinho Verde often has a little bit of prickliness to it; because the wines are young, Portuguese winemakers pump carbon dioxide in the bottles to keep them fresh. This was no exception: it was effervescent in a thirst-quenching, Sprite-can-opening kind of way. It didn't go straight to the head, though, like its bubbly brethren are wont to do. I enjoyed it solo, but dreamt of sipping it on the hottest of days, outdoors at a late-Summer music festival like Lollapalooza. Now if I could just nab a ticket . . .
Boy, did I score a winner with this one! It's a wonderfully refreshing white with a slight effervescence. It has a light body, crisp finish, and fresh apple flavor. It's easy to drink and versatile. I've enjoyed it with everything from seafood to cheese to chicken tacos. It even tastes good alone.
It's the perfect bottle for picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor activities. I highly recommend you stock your fridge with this likable white. Has anyone else had it?
Easy to drink indeed. The nonvintage nine percent alcohol Vinho Verde wine — a blend of Azal, Pedernã, Trajadura, and Loureiro grapes — was so light in color it almost looked like water in a glass. At first sip it was crisp, almost weightless in body, and ever-so-slightly effervescent, with an apple-pear bouquet and a medium-dry finish. It was delightful on its own, but would've been even better with some grilled Spring vegetables and seafood at a sun-filled picnic. What's your favorite warm-weather wine?
Voted one of Wine & Spirits top 100 wines of 2009, the Quinta da Aveleda is a lush slightly effervescent white that has a pale amber color and crisp finish. Its fruity and mildly grassy taste would pair wonderfully with seafood. At just $7.99 a bottle the price is right for experimenting with a new wine and unfamiliar region.
Have you sipped Vinho Verde? What did you think?