Happy Wine Wednesday! Aromas of orange blossom and that divine spritz in my glass…to the gorgeous Portugal we go!
Thrilled to add another country to the wine list, please welcome Portugal! This delightful white hails from the Monçao subregion of Vinho Verde and is an exact split of Alvarinho and Trajadura grapes at Quinta da Lixa. Most of the vines are trained to grow high on trellises and arbors to avoid the humidity and rot that can occur in the wet summer months.
Notably, Vinho Verde is the second most popular wine region in Portugal after their beloved port. Named for its freshness, it translates to “green wine” and is often mistaken for a grape variety. Much like a Côte du Rhone in France, it can be referred to by its region but it is important to remember it is made of different grapes. Best drunk young, grape varieties from the Vinho Verde region are embraced for their fresh and bright qualities.
Quite floral on the nose, it isn’t called aromas das castas (aromas of grapes) for nothing! Scents of orange blossom and peach are heavenly. Herbal and dry with notes of lime and orange citrus peel, this is slightly reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc. A bit of fizz from the Alvarinho gives it that necessary structure making this 2013 white crisp and refreshing with depth. Love that spritzy-ness in the summertime!
Give this fun one a try before the summer is over. Enjoy!
Vineyard photograph courtesy of Quinta da Lixa.