As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been kind burnt out on Rosé here recently. Which led me to
look for other alternatives this summer. About part way through the season during a tasting. I
discovered Portuguese Vinho Verde. A style that was previously unknown to me but has
provided me refreshment during these dog days of summer.
Vinho Verde literally means “green wine” as anybody with basic etymological skills would be
able to tell you. However, it more accurately translates better to “young wine” and is meant to be
drank within a year of bottling. The lack of age on this style contributes to its often slightly bitter
and crisp taste. It may be a white, red, or even rosé. The part of this style that intrigued me the
most though was that they are all slightly carbonated. In Earlier days this was done through
malolactic fermentation. (Science Bitch!) Now, for efficiency, most are being made with an
injection Carbon Dioxide which can lead to some tasting a bit gassy.
The bottle that sacrificed its young life in the name of this blog post was the Casal Garcia Vinho
-Color: Sun bleached straw. Nice carbonation bubbles. No legs whatsoever but that’s to be
expected at 9.5% ABV
-Nose: Melon and dry grass
-Flavor: Melon and Unripe fruit which makes it a tad bitter. Very fresh though and the bubbles
from the carbonation add a tingly and refreshing element all the way through the drink.
-Rating ⅗ – I’ve had better whites and I’ve had a better Vinho Verde this summer. That being
said this is a great intro to the style. The style itself is a very suitable option as a replacement for
Rosé especially if you’ve been burnt by the style as I have and Casal Garcia also makes a Rosé
option. So why not have the best of both worlds?