Vinho Verde 2020, Adega de Moncao, Portugal
Summer in a glass - you can almost feel Portuguese sand in your toes as you sip.
Right. First things first. Vinho Verde (pronounced vaird) does not refer to the colour of the wine. The ‘green’ refers to the lush, verdant region where it is made.
And unless you’re sipping a vinho verde close to the wineries, chances are that any spritz comes from added C02 - to make you think you are drinking a wine fresh from the tank. Winemakers here make great wines to age, too.
This Vinho Verde though is for instant pleasure. Made by one of Portugal’s best co-operatives, it is fruity, light and uncomplicated. The perfect summer lunch wine, especially wtih leafy salads and grilled white fish.