The past few days I have been down in Duck, North Carolina enjoying some perfect beach weather at my in-laws timeshare. Normally when it comes to imbibing on the beach I am a Corona and lime fan but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up and do something a little different. Vinho Verde is the perfect beach wine, delightfully refreshing with bright acidity and just a hint sparkle. Vinho Verde comes from Portugal and literally means “green wine”, referencing it’s youthful freshness rather than it’s color. The N.V. Broadbent Vinho Verde ($10.95) is made from 3 of the typical varieties used in the wine, 50% Loureiro, 40% Trajadura and 10% Pedernã. Fairly low alcohol around 9-10%, it is a very easy drinking and perfect for a hot day in the sand, the only thing that would make it better would be a screw top.
Nose: lime, lemon zest, slightly grassy
Taste: citrus, mineral
Mouthfeel: crisp acidity with a bit of sparkle
Finish: clean and not long lived
My notes don’t offer much variety in descriptors but where this wines shines is in it’s freshness. Imagine taking the sweetness out of Sprite and adding some acidity and alcohol and you have a Vinho Verde. On the beach I didn’t pair it with a foods but it would go well with a variety of salad combinations or a nice summer gazpacho. The next time you need something different, or if you have non beer drinker in your beach crowd, go for a Vinho Verde.