November 16, 2010 0

Go Green: Portugal’s Vinho Verde

By in Questions, The Butler Wine-Show

Portugal week romps on a pace with a film we made when the sun was shining…

Cameraman thought Vinho Verde (that’s how you spell it) was a type of wine, but its a region, at the Northerly, wet West point of Portugal where it meets Spain.

Its a place for fresh, zesty wines both red and white wines, but its the white that makes it back to these shores. (It pains me to say it, but Waitrose stock a fine example). you might know it: green wine, a little prickly fizz to it, not too high on the alcohol so you’re dignity remains intact for longer, and a really good, interesting alternative to Rose wines I find.

A cheap Vinho Verde will be under £8 and be a good glugger. But get the most recent vintage you can, these wines don’t keep.

Higher price Vinho Verde is a different beast altogether – we’ve one in the shop that will give a decent Chablis a bloody nose.

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