Vinho Verde wines are hot right now! This white, fizzy blend from Portugal has recently been growing in popularity. It is light, young, and very inexpensive, under the $10 range. Many say this wine is the perfect hot weather wine. We tasted several Vinho Verde wines at a recent Portuguese wine tasting in San Francisco with mixed results. While shopping at K&L Wines this past week, the store employees were touting two Vinho Verde wines. I snapped them up and decided to do a side-by-side comparison.
Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde 2012 – K&L Wines $8.99
K&L Wines calls this the “Ultimate summer white.” My August issue of the Wine Enthusiast says “Dry and delicious, this is very food friendly.” It gives the wine 90 Points. I think the best part of this wine is the aroma. It reminds me of walking in a flower garden. It is certainly refreshing in style and grows on you with each sip. The wine has a bit of fizz to it that gives the wine a thirst-quenching character. I think this wine is well made and I’ll rate it at 88 points.
Cave Messian “Santola” Vinho Verde – KL Wines $8.99
This is a non-vintage version of a Vinho Verde wine. I love the aroma of this wine, but the rest of the wine is very unexciting. For the same price the Aveleda Vinho wine is a much better choice. 85 Points.
Although I like Aveleda Vinho Verde wine, my palate would rather have a good Albariño or Riesling. For example, Burlingame BevMo has the refreshing Rancho Sisquoc Santa Barbara Riesling on sale for $8.37 a bottle. I reviewed this wine previously and think it is head and shoulders above either of the above two Vinho Verde wines I sampled. I realize it’s a totally different wine, but if it is “refreshing” that you are after, the Rancho Sisquoc in my opinion is a much better choice. I thought the Rancho Sisquoc was a good deal at the winery for $12 but BevMo has given us a steal at $8.37!
The New York Times did a recent tasting and review of Vinho Verde wines. The article gives a good explanation of Vinho Verde wines.