José Maria da Fonseca, The Spritzer Vinho Verde
Retailer: HEB (or check your local grocery store)
Oh, we fancy this year at YGOM!! In the spirit of trying new things in 2016…let me introduce you to one of my new “go-to” wines…Vinho Verde. #youcanthankmelater
Say it with me….”I (feel in your name) promise to step out of my normal comfort zone and try new wines in 2016.” *sigh* Now, you promise?? #pinkyswear
I’m on a personal (yes, it’s personal this year) mission to help my readers expand their palates and introduce you to some awesome wines that you probably wouldn’t try elsewhere.
Today’s post is specifically for my Moscato and Riesling drinkers. If that’s your thing, then that’s your thing, BUT I want you to start thinking outside the box. I get it…you like sweet flavors, but there are other wines that I assure you will satisfy your palate. So, say adios to that old thing and hello to a new friend that you won’t want to forget!
Vinho Verde! *swoon* I actually tried this white wine for the first time last year at my favorite restaurant, Oporto Fooding House and Wine in Houston.
Vinho Verde is a Portugese wine that is not allowed to mature. Vinho Verde means “green wine” but translates as “young wine.” It’s normally consumed right after bottling. The wine has a slight fizzle, which originally came from malolactic fermentation, in which tart-tasting malic acid is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid, but now is added by artificial carbonation.
José Maria da Fonseca Vinho Verde is very crisp and fresh. I could smell green apples with hints of citrus. I also got earthy undertones, but don’t let that keep you from trying this wine. Yes, you’ll pick up a little minerals in the scent, but this wine’s fruit-forward essence wins in the end.
So, this Vinho Verde is called a “spritzer.” I say that with quotations marks because when you pour the wine there is hardly any fizzle. #womp
Don’t expect this brand to be a sparkling wine. It doesn’t really have any carbonation.
Now, let’s talk about taste! There really is juxtaposition with the flavors in this wine. You get a bit of sweetness on the front end, followed by some tartness on the backend. Again, nothing to fear…this wine is very doable for my Moscato and Riesling faithfuls. Overall, this Vinho Verde is very soft and soothing on the palate. Definitely didn’t find it uber sweet, but quite enjoyable. I wouldn’t mind sipping on this every once in a while. It’s definitely a nice substitute for Moscato and Riesling, which is why I wanted you all (yes, I’m super proper thanks to my California roots, no ya’ll around here) to try it! Oh, and let’s not forget that this Portuguese wine is only $5.98 at HEB. (I dare anyone to call me a bougie wine drinker again…okay, maybe I am, but this is a great deal!)
Overall Rating: 3 Corks
Buzzworthy: José Maria da Fonseca Vinho Verde contains 10 percent alcohol, which may seem low, but don’t let that fool you! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a creeper on our hands…smh. At first, I was like this wine has zero effect on me, but then I started to definitely feel it after the second glass. So, sip cautiously wine luvhers!
I’m super excited about 2016 if you couldn’t already tell. I look forward to taking our wine journey to the next level. What are some new wines that you think I should try?