Vinho Verde = Summertime!

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A diversified vineyard in Vinho Verde, Portugal

Vinho Verde mean “Green Wine” but don’t be confused. Verde does not refer to the color, but the fact that grapes are harvested before reaching full ripeness, preserving fresh aromas, flavors and plenty of acidity.

Located in the northwest of Portugal, the demarcated region of Vinho Verde is an area traditionally known as “Entre-Douro-e-Minho”.  Its limits are the Minho River to the north (bordering Galicia), mountainous areas to the east and south, forming the natural border between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean inland regions, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

One characteristic of Portugal’s northwest landscape is the trellised vines that cover the pathways and the vines interlacing with the trees at the edges of the fields. Most of the wine production still comes from this type of vines and its character is closely linked to the region’s natural conditions. This system also allows the full use of the soil, intercropping vines with vegetables. Although today you can find modern vine training systems, some wine growers continue with the traditional diversified method, lending a strange and beautiful embellishment to the fields of Portuguese ‘green wine.’

Vinho verde is generally light and fresh. Containing a small amount of CO2, it falls short of a semi-sparkling wines but provides a subtle and refreshing frizz. Vinho Verde has a moderate level of alcohol (around 9% to 12 % ABV).

Broadbent Vinho Verde

Broadbent Vinho Verde

BROADBENT VINHO VERDE is a blend of 50% Loureiro 40% Trajadura and 10% of Pedernã. With only 9% alcohol it has a bright and tenuous green straw color. On the nose, it has vibrant notes of flowers and tropical fruit. On the palate, it is delicate and delicious, with fresh lime citrus notes, and little, smooth bubbles that shimmer onto the palate with harmony and freshness. Dry, fresh, and sweet finish. Wonderful wine!

Try it cold, it is great for a picnic lunch or as aperitif on a relaxing evening of summer ($9.99). – Soledad Clavería

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