Sunday, March 12, 2006

Portuguese bubbly

Saturday night I went to a fun, new eclectic French cafe in my friend'’s neighborhood. At first I was annoyed with the short and pricey list of champagnes and California sparklers offered by the glass. But my mood picked up when I spotted a 2005 vinho verde by Alianca. I'’d never tasted this softly sparkling and inexpensive Portuguese wine, so I decided to take a $5 gamble. It's called vinho verde because it's bottled while young and "green." The wine was pale and clear with a golden green tinge and citrusy floral aromas. The first sip was startlingly tart, but the wine mellowed as my tongue warmed up to it. The vinho verde added a needed shot of acidity to salad with grilled and fried calamari and was brilliant with my main course of mussels with herbed frites. I had thought all vinho verde was white, but learned there are red ones too after reading a website by an association that represents the winemakers in this designated wine region. For a thorough primer on the subject of vinho verde, visit http://www.vinhoverde.pt/en/

1 comment:

FraternallyFermenting said...

Large props and welcome to a new great blog! I'll be looking forward to reading more and learning more about all things "bubbly". (By the way, should you wish, your blog name entitles you to comment on such things as Jacuzzi's, excitable young film starlets, all things soap including luxury bath additives.... amongst other things bubbly).