This week, I decided to try Vinho Verde. Portugal is famous for their incredible Vinho Verde, and I was lucky enough to get to try a few when I went to Portugal this year. This was before I started taking this wine course, so I had no idea how to describe what I was drinking or bother to wonder what I was even drinking.
“Spring flowers and fresh fruit essences are supported with bright acidity in this Vinho Verde from northwest Portugal. Literally meaning “green wine,” Vinho Verde translates as “young wine” in its native Portugal. This wine has a slight petillance, or baby-bubbles, allowing the Loureiro grapes natural freshness to dance across your palate. Enjoy with green salads, light cheeses and pasta dishes.”
The first thing I noticed when I took a sip of this bottle of Vinho Verde, was the acidic quality. The aroma and flavors make me describe my experience with the wine as fruity, specifically lemon, and floral. The acid can be a little overpowering at first, but after a few sips, you don’t notice it as much. I attempted to leave this bottle in my fridge for a few days after I opened it and put the screw cap back on, but it did not taste good at all. The freshness leaves the bottle and it tastes like pure acid, so I would recommend enjoying this bottle in one sitting to enjoy the fresh flavor that is it meant to have.