For the past year or so, since an eye opening trade tasting last year, I’ve had a soft spot for the wines of Vinho Verde. It’s Portugal’s largest and most northern wine region, sitting between the Spanish border to the north, and the famous Douro Valley to the south. For many years now wine drinkers round the world have a set picture of what the wines of Vinho Verde are: spritzy, acidic, light, white wines. But scratch the surface a bit more and you’ll find some real belters!
The theme of the weekend is the word “crisp”! Vinho Verde, no matter which one you end up buying, is almost guaranteed to be crisp, acidic, and a perfect wine for resetting your taste buds after every bite of your starters. So what to have with it?
Vinho Verde is that white wine that’s available everywhere. It’s THE Portuguese white. Well maybe not the most luxurious, but the definitely the best known, the most widely available, and, let’s be fair, one of the cheapest too. Sounds pretty appealing.
I’m really glad that we’ve gone for this one at some point during this year. Vinho Verde is that white wine that you must of heard of and is used as the benchmark of European aperitifs (that’s wines that kick off the night!).