Friday, August 21, 2009

Perfect for Summer!

This wine is something a little different. Twin Vines Vinho Verde from Portugal. Literally translated, that means "green wine" in spanish. It's a special kind of wine that I think only Spain produces. Green meaning new, it's aged only for a short time in stainless steel casks- so there's no hint of wood flavoring. It's made with 42% Loureiro, 39% Trajadura, 19% PedernĂ£ grapes- definately not the common varietals.

It's very light in color, and about 10% ABV. It's got a very light carbonation to it. It's very light and crisp, with fresh citrus flavors. It's mild and smooth, semi-dry with flavors of lemons, limes, starfruit, and a hint of green apple, with very light mineral flavors and decent acidity. I picture this going very well with fish and seafood that is common to portugal. With the mild flavor and alcohol, this is a wonder wine to enjoy in the spring and summer on a hot day- it would also be a decent wine to serve to people who aren't much into wine.

At 7 or 8 bucks a bottle, this screw-top from across the pond is a good value and a good wine. I give it 3 and a half corks (out of 5).

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