Well it might not be quite that big, but since we’re in the Olympic season, posts with these grandiose titles will exist for now. I got a few more to go.
I’ve stated this before, if it wasn’t for this blog, there are certain wines that I have never attempted or given a chance. I’m not one to discriminate but certain grapes haven’t always brought me satisfaction. And when trying multiple bottles that confirmation (or confirmation bias) would ring true.
This was either a new one for me, or just one that never stood out in the past. That’s going to change for now.
A small and spontaneous dinner (hence why the Olympics post is a bit of hyperbole) with a friend definitely lent itself to some vino. I brought one bottle (which I’ll get to next week) and she already had one picked out for tonight’s meal. I went in without knowing what was on the menu, which I prefer sometimes. It’s fun to be in the dark, it makes it all the more exciting.
To my delight, I present you the Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2014 from Portugal. This was a joy to sip. And sipping was an understatement, I nearly caught myself chugging this thing. Chugging and wine could not be more of an oxymoron.
That color, that fizz, that crispness, and everything else was so easy to drink. This was happening even before dinner was served. I needn’t get carried away, but I did. The conversation was going great that I forgot what I was doing. That tends to happen. And at the point the quality of the wine isn’t that important. But if the energy and company is awesome, and the wine is on par with that, it’s a double-bonus. And at $11.00, my dear friend got a steal.
Upon second viewing of my photos, I can see a greenish tint of my glass. If I’m mistaken, please let me know, but that could be part of the youthfulness of the wine itself. Vinho Verde is its own varietal and not the grape itself. More information can be found here.
Arinto is the grape. That’s a new one for me. But that’s where we get the lemony fresh taste in this wine. This is fantastic. Personally, we thought we got some pear and other citrus fruits, so the lemon is identifiable. Most importantly, this is a great wine.
My friend made an amazing dish of Tilapia and organic vegetables. The pairing of wine and food here is second-to-none. I’m craving and appreciating our feast that just took place hours ago.
For our friends in Baltimore, this bottle is available at Chesapeake Wine Company. And to fellow pals elsewhere, I found the North American distributor, Evaton USA. Their contact info can be found here. And finally, for the rest of the world, hopefully this link can lead you in the right direction. And here’s one more.
This is a wine that’s meant to be shared with everyone. Seriously, I may have become a convert. It’s one with a lot of charm and endearment.
I wish you all a great week and last few days of these Olympics!
Oh and part two of this decadent feast is next week!