The Classic Ease of Vinho Verde Wines--also known as part three, or the final chapter of the Vinho Verde Chronicles
Recently I was fortunate enough to visit the wine making region in Portugal called Vinho Verde. The Vinho Verde area is in northern Portugal, bordering Spain. The Vinho Verde region is known for crafting light, fresh, crisp, easy drinking whites. In fact, they are probably the easiest drinking wines in the world, with an equally easy price tag to match. The great value and low alcohol, coupled with the wines’ lively flavors and slight frizzante, make it my go to wine for outdoor activities.
Most Vinho Verde wines use either singularly, or in combination, these grapes: Arinto, Avesso, Loureiro, Trajadura, Azal and Alvarinho. There are reds, sparkling and aged wines coming out of the region, as I wrote about in parts one and two, but the traditional, easy to drink and afford wine is the most popular. Here are a few of my favorite classic Vinho Verde wines.
Casal Garcia. Whether you like white or rosé Casal Garcia’s wines are so consistently good you can’t go wrong. Fruity, off dry, refreshing, low alcohol, about 10% and even lower price, usually under $10, makes this the perfect wine to stock up on for the summer.
Vercoope has two whites that are sure to make an already wonderful summer that much better. The first is 100% Loureiro. It’s dry, fresh, assertive. Full of melon and citrus it’s the perfect wine to sit by the pool with or at an outdoor concert.
The second white from Vercoope is a blend of Alvarinho, Arinto a Loureiro called Vinho Verde Grande Escolha White Wine. It is completely yummy and quite food friendly, but still drinks great on its own.
Two whites from Casa de Vila Verde were standouts. Their Pluma blend 2017 was fruity and fresh with soft lemon notes and stone fruit and retails at about $10.
Their Tiroliro 2017 blend was a bit dryer with some earthiness, lovely lemon and nice minerality.
Quinta de Santa Cristina Vinho Rosé 2017. This off dry wine is full of bright fresh raspberry notes, with easy acidity on the finish. Retails for about nine dollars.
Another enjoyable rosé is from Vercoope. Vinho Verde Pavao Rosé. A fresh, young take on rosé. Juicy bubble gum notes, in a good way, make this off dry rosé fun. If you’re tired of overly serious rosé this one is perfect.
Two scrumptious rosés from Casa da Tojeira are the Tojeira Rosé and Portal da Tojeira Rosé. I found the Portal da Tojeira Rosé to be slightly sweeter, but both were absolutely delicious.
Casa de Vila Verde also had two delectable rosés. Their Pluma and their Tiroliro both 2017, were lovely. The Pluma was slightly off dry with raspberry notes. Their Tiroliro was a bit dryer with more acidity.