I went back to see the last time I did a post exclusively to Vinho Verde. How funny that is one year ago today (or tomorrow depending on where we are) that this happened.
I’m grateful that I did or I would be kicking myself for not supporting and promoting this fantastic wine, that should never be taken for granted. In the context of summer wines this is one that may get lost in the shuffle to some. But I will attempt to not let that happen again.
All you need to know about Vinho Verde is in this link right here, to see how easy it is to drink, understand, and appreciate in many different settings.
Since the wines are traditionally lower in alcohol content, that means they’re much easier to drink, more accessible to people who don’t love wine but are willing to try, and can be complemented with a plethora of meals, snacks, or with nothing at all.
This most simple and peaceful of experiences takes me back to June, and a return to V-NO Wine Bar in the historic Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore. Surprisingly to me, I’ve made only one post in regards to this beautiful space, and that can be found here.
That day I was with friends. I’ve been here many times with friends. On this visit, this was for me.
After taking a peaceful stroll around the beautiful rowhomes and remembering how much I need to appreciate these cobblestone streets, I made my way to V-NO on this most gorgeous of Saturday afternoons.
I think I got there as soon as it opened, so there was some level of enthusiasm on top of the spontaneity.
I was welcomed by Jane, who I wish I had thanked sooner. She could not have been more accommodating. I told he about my blog, and she was happy to help. I took a lot of pictures but also helped her out in setting a few things up, since they just opened. Reciprocation is one of the joys of life, and makes us who we are.
Where is all this going? Well I wanted a wine, and in fact I got to try two. But for this weeks post I will focus on the Vinho Verde from Broadbent Selections.
Under the most peculiar of circumstances I think I would enjoy this wine. It’s so simple, so refreshing, and in many ways irresistible.
I was outside, alone, yet the entire world around me was moving along at the most endearing of paces. There were walkers, joggers, bicyclists, folks on the nearby pirate cruise, and my favorite friends on four legs (leashed of course) were in abundance.
For a while I forgot where I was. It felt like a utopia. It was a good hour or so of just being. Yes I did take a few pictures but then I put the phone away and just chose to be. That’s not the easiest thing to do in the world we live in, but I think I pulled it off without even trying.
This is what I think… As enjoyable and simplistic as this wine was, it resonates with me much deeper than I or anyone else can explain. Yes it was a simple glass of wine but to me something else was going on here. And that part is just for me eyes and ears. I know you know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been there.
There’s something about this wine, and not that just that beautiful label that drew me in. And I’ve had this one several times before but not like this. In the past it just was a wine I had and then I moved on and did something else. This could have been any wine in this session but it was this one for a reason. It tasted better than ever.
Now I may have this again and it just goes back to being a good wine with fruits of summer and that clear color is nice to look at, and then that’s it. But at least for this day, this hour, this place in time it will mean more than even I’ll ever know.
And this wine can be found just about anywhere. I’ve seen at so many stores for under $10. Just another reason to love this.
Thanks to Jane for being so awesome, the universe for looking out for me, and to Broadbent for presenting to me on this most picturesque of days.
More for on V-NO click here.
For more on Broadbent, here is their story, their massive list of wines, and their contact information.
We’ve still got a lot of Summer left and I hopefully have more wines to discuss that fit the season.
And Part 2 might be next week.
Thanks so much.
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