Wine Review: Broadbent Vinho Verde

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“I’ll Have the Enchiladas Vinho Verde”

Please admit that when you saw the title to this post the first thing you thought of (besides cheap wine) was Mexican food. Otherwise I will feel like an even bigger idiot. I knew what Vinho Verde was when I tried this wine, but I just can’t seem to get past the image of me standing in line at my favorite taco stand down the street ordering this. Anyway, a little background form the importer:

Vinho Verde, the most popular white wine from Portugal, is a deliciously refreshing, light wine with gentle spritz. “Verde”, meaning “green” (ed.-That’s for you dumb white folk) refers to the hints of lime color.  Broadbent Vinho Verde is the only Vinho Verde imported on a refrigerated container. The result is the freshest tasting Vinho Verde on the market. An ideal warm weather wine, excellent for lunch and picnics, this wine is equally as lovely as an evening aperitif. It makes a brilliant pairing with any fish, shell fish and poultry. “Is the world’s greatest pairing for a Caesar salad” according to wine writer Jordan MacKay (ed.- Who?). The label was painted by Alice, the niece, of Bartholomew Broadbent, when she was four.

The grapes in are 50% Loureiro, 40% Trajadura and 10% Pedernã [aka Arinto]

Hey, it’s almost like my review is done!

COLOR: You heard the man. It’s lime green. And pale. Looks like water. Am I even going to be able to get a buzz off this stuff?

NOSE: Limes again, some green apple, acidity, a little cream.

TASTE: Well this was a foofy little surprise. It’s almost like a Moscato d’Asti but minus the sugar. The bubbles are minimal but you quickly forget about them once the great acid hits you. Great lime fruit, apple, pear, a little rhubarb. Great fresh finish. They say you’re supposed to drink Vinho Verde’s within a year, and I can see why. The freshness is what makes it appealing. Flavors and bubbles bouncing everywhere. But a warning: As evidenced here in the last couple of sentences, this stuff will make you effeminate.

WITH FOOD: Again, you heard what the man said, and I have to agree. No question that this is a seafood wine. Probably the best seafood wine you can find because you have no oak, no butter, no over the top fruit, and great, biting acid. Able to penetrate even the richest shellfish in a single sip. I don’t know about the “world’s greatest pairing for a Caesar salad” line, because I don’t drink wine with salads like Jordan MacKay. Pansy.

Holy Crap! $9.99 at BevMo!

Wine Importer – Broadbent Selections (Note the awesome photos on the homepage)

If you’ve ever had a Vinho Verde, let us know what you think in the comments below!

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  4. Rui Travassos Says:
    September 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

    The name vinho verde (Green Wine) is about the ripe of the wine, not its color. The correct translation should be unripe wine. The process of brew is interrupted and do not go to the end has the other wines.

    There are Red “Green Wine” (Vinho Verde Tinto) which is more dificult to find but is a very good wine.

  5. Wine Welfare Says:
    September 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Hi Rui,

    Thanks so much for the comment. I love it when people can provide any kind of information or background on the wines that I miss and/or cite incorrectly. I had no idea that the “verde” in Vinho Verde referred to the “unripe”-nature of the fruit. Very interesting.

    Normally I would be the first one to admit when I am wrong about any of the info I give here on the site (because it does happen often), but in this case I’m off the hook because the quote about “verde” referring to the wine’s color is direct from the importer’s description!

    I now feel both informed and relieved. Thanks again and I hope you keep reading!

    Where in Portugal are you located?



  6. Pamela Says:
    May 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I tasted this a few weeks ago at Sante South in Jackson, MS and it was my favorite wine of the night. I tend to dislike oaky wines and it’s so hot here that finding something refreshing and not too sweet is difficult. This excited me. Loved it! Good to know I should buy it and drink it and not hoard it. haha

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