Wine Review: Broadbent Vinho Verde
“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.
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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