Today I slipped into this swanky (and empty) dinner place to get out of the rain and do some work - while I'm here I might as well have a glass of vinho verde.
In these situations I can't be too choosy and I expected to drink whatever they wanted to give me and not have much to write about. I was thrilled to see that I recognized the bottle from the wine shops back home but had not yet tried it. So here we go!
Vihno verde (pronounced veenyoo verde... rhymes with haired) is usually inexpensive, even in the states, and is easy to drink on its own or enjoyed with a meal. It's been a favorite of mine since my time frequenting A Casa Portuguesa in Barcelona and I always love trying a new vinho verde.
Tonight I'm drinking Quinta da Aveleda, a wine you can probably find in any wine shop anywhere in the world but one that's new to me. It's not letting me down. The color is so light it could be mistaken for water. But don't worry, it's not. The aroma is so fresh and so clean... overwhelmingly lemon and jasmine! In the mouth it is light but quite acidic (I've always been a fan of lemons) and has a persistent finish. Like many vinho verdes it has metallic notes, is young, and crisp. Great for a summer day... or a rainy St. Valentine's in Porto :)
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!
ps. Porto is crazy. Every place I've been for wine tasting in the past three days has given me at least one free glass of something to try. These people are lovely and quickly raising my expectations.