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Thank you, Brooklyn!

More than 600 guests attended Saturday’s (June 17) sold out Vinho Verde Wine Experience at the beautiful Weylin in Brooklyn, which was bathed in dramatic Vinho Verde green.

With 21 Vinho Verde wineries pouring more than 100 wines, guests learned about the wine region in northern Portugal from our winemakers as well as educators guiding tastings from fun, educational booths. A continuous mini masterclass showcased the variety of whites and roses. Another display tested for “super tasters,” and highlighted components that make wine crisp. The music and dramatic lighting added to the party atmosphere.

Special thanks to our cuisine partners: Mokbar, East Coast Poke, Poppy’s Catering, El Super, Big Mozz, and People’s Pops. From Korean soul food to tacos and poke, the fresh bites paired well with the refreshing Vinho Verde wines.

We were joined not only by winemakers, but also by local retail, restaurant and importer professionals. The president and marketing director of the commission of Vinho Verde producers (Manuel Pinheiro, Carla Cunha) made the trip, as did a national Portuguese TV crew and newspaper correspondent, who captured the event and rise of Vinho Verde imports for their home audience in Europe.

Will we hold another Experience? We hope so! Stay in touch by subscribing to our email list (http://winesofvinhoverde.com/subscribe/) or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @vinhoverdewines

Reverse Wine Snob Highlights the Single Varietal Avesso

Want to branch out and be a wine pioneer? We have just the wine for your. This single varietal Avesso is not your typical Vinho Verde. Typically the Avesso grape is blended into wines to give the wine a fuller body. However, the 2015 Quinta de Linhares Avesso highlights the Avesso variety in all of its glory. Enjoy flavors of pear and grapefruit and a refreshing and lively mouthfeel.

“The 2015 Quinta de Linhares Avesso from Agri-Roncao Vinicola and winemaker Antonio Sousa begins with a pleasant aroma of pear and apple but it really takes off when tasting. Taking a sip reveals a vibrant and delicious wine with more pear and apple plus a good dose of grapefruit. This medium to full-bodied wine has great depth of flavor and a wonderful, lively mouthfeel. It ends long with plenty of lingering grapefruit and pear flavors. This is a very refreshing, lovely wine and definitely a variety to seek out.” – Reverse Wine Snob

Get the full review here: http://www.reversewinesnob.com/quinta-de-linhares-avesso#more-72728 

Fresh and Luxurious: A Review from Reverse Wine Snob

We’re throwing it back (it is #ThrowbackThursday after all) to the delicious single varietal Alvarinho. We’ve discussed how Alvarinhos differ from the traditional Vinho Verde blend but did you know that each Alvarinho possesses a unique personality? It’s true! This one is particularly fresh, but Alvarinho’s can also age for quite a few years.

“The 2015 Vale dos Ares Alvarinho from MQ Vinhos begins with a pleasing aroma of grapefruit, guava and other tropical fruit along with a little peach and honeysuckle. Tasting the wine reveals lots of honey-soaked, rich and fresh tropical fruit flavors as well as citrus, peach and apricot. The wine alse features a smooth, mouth-filling and luxurious texture. A bit of minerality leads into the dry, tart and delicious finish.” – Reverse Wine Snob

Get the full review and additional insight from Reverse Wine Snob here: http://www.reversewinesnob.com/vale-dos-ares-alvarinho#more-64594

The Diversity of Vinho Verde

We have one more surprise in store for you and we’ll leave it up to Lauren Sloss to tell you.

It’s All About the People

Who else makes up this vibrant region of Portugal? Virginia Miller tells us her perspective on the people of Vinho Verde. Heads-up, if it wasn’t already on your wine destination list, it will be now.

 

Check out this amazing eco-friendly resort for your next trip: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2016/12/02/hungry-concierge-monverde-hotel-portugal/

Surprising Sparklers

Surprise! There’s sparkling Vinho Verde. And it’s really quite delicious. Just ask Virginia Miller.

 

Intrigued? Try one of these two sparkling Vinho Verde wines.

Casal Garcia Sparkling White or Aphros Loureiro Reserva Brut

From Reverse Wine Snob: “Portal do Fidalgo Alvarinho – Delicate and Delightful”

Reverse Wine Snob is back with another review! This time he’s focusing on a single varietal Alvarinho. Find a sneak peak below, as well as a link to the full review!

“Today we’re back with another delightful Vinho Verde pick! Unlike the last wine we featured, which was a blend of several different varieties, today’s wine is a single varietal Alvarinho. You can find out lots more about this variety in our Grapes of Vinho Verde article.

The 2013 Portal do Fidalgo Alvarinho begins with a pleasing aroma of apple, pear and citrus. It’s a bit shy when first opened but don’t let that stop you (…) Better and better with every sip, this is a wine that’s hard to put down once you discover its delights!”

 

Get the full review: http://www.reversewinesnob.com/portal-do-fidalgo

Lift the Veil!

Sure, you’ve heard of Vinho Verde. Your friend probably brought it with you to the beach or you enjoyed it on the porch on a blazing hot summer’s day. You probably know the Vinho Verde that is light, bright and effervescent.

Well, you’re not wrong, but there’s a other whole side to the region and the wine that you might not know about. We invite you to learn about Vinho Verde through different eyes. Get ready to lift the veil and #GoVerde.

Watch Virginia Miller discuss her enlightening trip to Vinho Verde and one of the key components in our white wines!

Casa do Valle

Casa do Valle is located right next to the famous Cavez Bridge and spreads out along the hillsides of the Tâmega river. While the estate and property has been producing wine since the 18th century, Casa do Valle, Sociedade Agrícola was founded in 1987 to maintain and care for the Sousa Botelho estate. Casa do Valle continues to uphold the importance of tradition and modernity while making a “continuous investment in two key areas: viticulture – increase in area under vines, plantation of new grape varieties, improvement of the care of each vine; and Oenology – the introduction of new oenological practices in winemaking and improved techniques in the cellar.” Casa do Valle strives for excellence and innovation in their wines, which is evident in each bottle.

 

Learn more: http://www.casadovalle.pt/en/default.asp