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From Reverse Wine Snob: Casa de Vilacetinho Loureiro

Reverse Wine Snob is taking us back to single varietal Vinho Verde. He says, “the 2015 Casa de Vilacetinho Loureiro begins with aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and a pleasant floral note on the nose. Tasting the wine reveals a refreshing mix of pineapple, peach and honey with a round, soft and smooth mouthfeel and lively acidity.”

Get the whole review: http://www.reversewinesnob.com/casa-de-vilacetinho-loureiro

Discovering Single Varietal Vinho Verde

You are probably familiar with the tasty blends from Vinho Verde. Did you know there are single varietal wines as well? That’s right (it’s ok to do a double take), try some single varietal Alvarinho or Louriero to get up close and personal with the different characteristics of the many varietals from Vinho Verde.

Watch what Lauren Sloss has to say on these exciting single varietal wines.

 

Are you interested in trying a single varietal Alvarinho? Check out wines from Reguendo de Melgaço.

Reverse Wine Snob: “Afectus Loureiro – Sweet and Sassy”

Reverse Wine Snob brings us another great review of  something a little more unique and special. The Afectus Loureiro is a single varietal wine made exclusively from the Loureiro grape. This variety grows extremely well in the sub-region of Lima. You can read more about Lima in Reverse Wine Snob’s post from last week.

 

Get his full review of this “sweet and sassy” wine here: http://www.reversewinesnob.com/afectus-loureiro

Back to the Blends

While Reverse Wine Snob has been focusing on some of the less traditional single varietal wines in his recent posts, today he brings us back to the blends.

“The Campelo Vinho Verde Branco begins with a pleasant aroma of apple, pear and some floral notes. The wine tastes fresh, fruity, slightly fizzy, fun and very refreshing. With 5 g/L of residual sugar and good acidity the tart apple, pear, citrus and grapefruit notes have just a touch of sweetness. This one is honestly just a pleasure to drink with great, full fruit flavors that aren’t always easy to find at this low price. It even has a bit of stony/flinty minerality that leads into the fresh finish full of tart citrus notes that last and last.” – Reverse Wine Snob

To get the full review, check out his blog post: http://www.reversewinesnob.com/campelo-vinho-verde-branco#more-36267

Sommeliers Speak Vinho Verde: Thinking Outside of the Food Pairing Box

We all know that seafood pairs really well with Vinho Verde wines, but they are very versatile with a wide range of food so we asked Sommelier Chris Horn to recommend a food and wine pairing that was a little out of the box.

Chris suggests this grilled shrimp & lemon skewer with green & fried chickpeas, corn and piri piri sauce paired with either a single varietal Loureiro or Avesso wine!

Join the conversation using the hashtag #SommsSpeakVV

 

 

Domesticate ME!’s Recipe for a Healthy Holiday

“So, yeah. I’m aware that this isn’t the most “seasonally appropriate” post, but you know I like to buck convention. Plus, I’m working an important angle here. As tempting as it is to consume primarily cheese, chocolate, and bourbon from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, it’s best to be a responsible human being and balance one’s indulgences with some good, nourishing meals. And that, friends, is where this delightful superfood salad comes in. #breaktheinternet

This salad tastes like I want to feel during the holiday season: light, bright, and just a little bit spicy. The salad itself is a smorgasbord of color and texture, and the foolproof broiled salmon pracspicy-asian-salmon-salad-vinho-verdetically melts in your mouth, but it’s the dressing that’s the real star here. Semisweet with a solid kick, you’re going to want to douse anything and everything in the umami-flavored awesomeness. And you should. (It does double duty as salad dressing and fish marinade in this recipe, but it would also be great on everything from soba noodles to roasted cauliflower. Just throwing that out there.)

If you’re not a salmon fan, feel free to apply this recipe’s easy broiling technique to your favorite firm white fish, or sub chicken cutlets or flank steak for the salmon, and cook the meat in a grill pan or cast iron skillet. Vegetarians and vegans, definitely try this with tofu or seitan if you like. You must always do you.

Given that it’s Vinho Verde Month here on Domesticate ME!, I created this recipe to pair with one of my favorite Vinho Verde Wines, the Afectus Loureiro 2015. What I’ve come to love most about Vinho Verde whites is that their great acidity and light body make them the perfect accompaniment to meals that are notoriously tricky to pair with wine, especially Asian-inspired dishes that are heavy on the spice. A chilled glass of the refreshing, citrusy Afectus Loureiro balances the sriracha-induced heat in this salad, and better yet, it transforms the entire meal into a celebration.

So get thee to the grocery market and wine shop, and share this salad and a bottle of Vinho Verde with the people you love. ‘Tis the season, after all.” – Domesticate ME!

Get the recipe and other amazing tidbits from Domesticate ME! here: http://domesticate-me.com/spicy-asian-salmon-salad/

 

Portuguese 101: How to pronounce Vinho Verde Grape Names

Ordering wine can be hard enough without having to stumble over how to pronounce a certain grape name or region. Vinho Verde’s grape names may look intimidating, but they are actually easy to say. Here, locals break down some of the most common ones for you:

Alvarinho with Joana of Quinta de Santiago:

Espadeiro with Andre of Casal de Ventozela:

Loureiro with Pedro of Quinta da Aveleda:

Trajadura with Pedro of Quinta da Aveleda:

Vinhão with Andre of Casal de Ventozela: