Vilacetinho Vinho Verde

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Fresh and perky with a modest alcohol content, this is a good value and fantastic addition to brunch and light dishes.

Estate: Casa de Vilacetinho is located in Alpendurada, in the Vinho Verde region of northwest Portugal. The estate consists of 30 hectares of vineyards with granite soils that overlook the River Douro.

Wine making: The winery is “state of the art”, yet many traditional methods are used to insure the wine is a natural reflection of their unique terrior.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with aromas of red apples and minerals. Subtle apple, pineapple and ginger notes wrapped around a delicate mineral core, backed by a slight effervescence, good acidity, and pleasantly dry finish.
*I could not find either vintage year or ‘non vintage’ on the label, it appears from their website it may be 2012, but I’m not confident to enough to include it.

Blend of Avesso, Arinto, Aza, Loureiro
Vinho Verde
Portugal
Bottled by Soc. Agr. Casa de Vilacetinho, SA
10% Alcohol
$7
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Vera Vinho Verde 2013

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Simple with a jaunty bend of fizz and acidity, this is a good companion with light dishes.

Winemaking: Vera Vinho Verde is the creation of winemakers Rui Abecassis and Bruce Schneider. The wine is produced at Casa do Valle by Luis Duarte, one of Portugal’s “preeminent vignerons”. Grapes were sourced from vines located at an elevation of 1050 feet in sandy loam, granite and schist soils from select blocks of Casa do Valle’s main estate vineyard.

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of apple and grapefruit. Apple and lemon notes along with a brazing acidity zipped through the slightly fizzy body, whilst minerals and grassy nuances comprised the clean finish.

60% Arinto, 30% Azal, 10% Loureiro
Vinho Verde
Portugal
Estate Bottled by Engarrafado Na Quinta
11% Alcohol
$8
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Este Vinho Verde Red 2011

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I picked up Este Vinho Verde Red 2011 since I had enjoyed the Rosé a few months back, and at only $4 [!], on the off chance it was terribly undrinkable, I wouldn’t be that upset. I ended up being surprised with its intensity, and loved the opportunity to taste something a little off the beaten path.

Adega Cooperativa de Ponte Da Barca was founded in 1963 and is located in the valleys of the Lima and Vez Rivers. It consists of 1100 associates and about 849 hectares. The cooperative has been awarded many honors for their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

Inky red-violet in colour with potent aromas of barnyard funk, artichoke and flinty minerals. Intense balsamic notes were brightened by vegetal tomato leaf elements in the slightly fizzy body, whilst prune and steely minerals comprised the compact finish. Concentrated and robust, this is a dense glass [even with only 10% alcohol] that needs to accompany a hearty meal.
Serve chilled.

I could not verify varietal percentage
Vinho Verde
Portugal
Bottled by Adega Cooperative de Ponte Da Barca C.R.L.
10% Alcohol
$4
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Gazela Rosé NV

On a snowy yet dreary afternoon I decided to give a pour to Gazela Rosé to accompany light snacks and hopefully bring a glimmer of brightness. Gazela Rosé is produced at the Azevedo Manor Estate, purchased by Sogrape in 1982 and located in the Vinho Verde region near Barcelo in northwest Portugal. Bottled immediately after fermentation to ensure freshness, the grapes are a blend of traditional Portugues varietals.

Coral pink in colour with aromas of strawberry and wet river stones. Strawberry and pink grapefruit flavours sparkled in the slightly fizzy body, whilst grapefruit and clean minerals comprised the zippy finish. Fresh and fruity with a modest alcohol content, this is a bright, perky glass great for sipping on its own or with light dishes and appetizers. [And a great value!]

Winemakers blend of Baga, Rufete, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca
Vinho Verde
Portugal
Bottled by Sogrape Vinhos
10% Alcohol
$5
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JM Fonseca ‘Twin Vines’ Vinho Verde


This summer Vinho Verde was my go to wine in conquering the heat and humidity. Fizzy, light, super easy drinking [with notoriously low alcohol content], and incredibly easy on the wallet, they are a fantastic companion for any type of summer activity, especially my favourite, sitting in the shade. Maria da Fonseca was founded in 1934 and is one of the most renowned wineries in Portugal. The estate focuses on crafting wines from indigenous grape varities, and is one of the leading producers of Portugese table wines. The ‘Twin vines’ was named for the current owners twin daughters, who represent the 8th generation of family winemakers.

Pale yellow with hints of green in colour, with aromas of fresh grass and lime. Lemon, apple and melon flavours zipped about and joined a bright acidity in the slightly fizzy body. Refreshing and light [with a modest alcohol content] this is a pleasant, uncomplicated sip for summer.

70% Loureiro, 15% Trajadura, 10% Pedernã, 5% Alvarinho
Vinho Verde
Portugal
Bottled by Jose Maria da Fonseca Vinhos
10% Alcohol
$7
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