Vinho Verde

(VEEN-oh VEARD-day) same as Albariño
(Ahl-ba-REE-n’yo)
Synonyms: Alvarinho (Portuguese), Albarín Blanco, Abelleiro, Albarina, Albelleiro, Alvarinha, Azal Blanco, Cainho Branco, Galego, Galeguinho, Paderna

Wine Name: Vinho Verde,

Background: In Portugal, Alvarinho, the same white grape as Albariño, but with a different name, produces a very light, low alcohol, unripe and acidic wine called Vinho Verde (literally “green wine”). It does not have the aromatics of the Rias Baixas Albariño but it is often made with a little “frizzante”, small bubbles that give a refreshing tingle to the palate. Occasionally some red grapes are thrown in to make it a rosé or pale red color. It can be a delightful summertime wine.

Classic Brands and Sources: Portugal (Vinho Verde): Casal Garcia, Gazela, Quinta da Aveleda, Quinta de Soalheiro, Luis Seabra

Characteristics:

Style #1 – Vinho Verde

Body – light to medium

Acidity – high

Sweetness – dry with frizzante

Tannins – low

 

 

Wine and food pairing guidelines:
pairs well with moderately acidic, light bodied dishes, saffron

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
seafood (especially grilled and slightly spicy), Cajun flavored dishes (e.g., jambalya, creole sauces), cerviche, chorizo, paella, sushi, lemon chicken, pizza, tomato-based acidic pasta, salads, vegetable dishes

Cheese Pairings:
Feta (sheep’s milk), Garrotxa, goat cheese, Gouda, Majorero (Spanish hard goat cheese) Mahon, Murcia, Bucheron (French goat cheese), Roncal, Tetilla, dry Jack cheese, cream cheese, Neufchatel

See also Appetizers that pair with Albariño