in vino veritas
Many wine drinkers are familiar with Vinho Verde, which is a white wine from Portugal that has been produced for more than 2,000 years.
Contrary to what many people say, Vinho Verde does not mean “green wine”; Verde refers to it being a young wine. Vinho Verde does normally have a slight green tint to it however, and it’s an easy-drinking, low alcohol wine.
Recently, I tasted my first Rosé Vinho Verde wine from a producer called Casal Garcia and I really like it—especially the low price: $9.99.
This is a very light, somewhat fizzy and effervescent wine the color of strawberries. The wine is quite fruity, with the taste of watermelon, raspberries, and strawberries—a tad on the sweet side but with good acidity. It’s made from Vinhão, Azal, and Borracal grapes.
As I mentioned, it’s low in alcohol (9.5 percent), which makes it a nice choice for sipping in hot weather—a perfect Labor Day wine.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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