PEI Liquor - Late Summer 2018
QUINTA DA LIXA POUCO COMUM ALVARINHO B0149Z, 750 mL, $19.49
The Quinta da Lixa Pouco Comum Alvarinho from the Minho region is the latest addition to our Portugal portfolio. It displays both floral and citrus aromas which lead to tropical fruit notes on the palate. This lively Alvarinho shows complexity and balanced acidity and finishes with tangy and ripe flavours. Try this gem as well as these other great Vinho Verdes delivering crisp flavours and great value:
THE WINE OF SUMMER VINHO VERDE
ARTICLE BY: DEBBIE SMITH
Portugal is a land of diversity in regard to geography, climate and wine styles. From the rich fortified wines of Porto to the structured reds of the Douro, this is a country where wine is genuinely part of everyday culture. I had the opportunity to explore the verdant Vinho Verde region in March of this year. This is a cool area blessed with ample rainfall and known for producing high quality dry white wines with refreshing mineral and citrus notes. Many are best consumed young but some producers are experimenting with aging single varietal wines and the results have been exceptional. The passion, pride and commitment to the land and quality could be felt and tasted at each winery I visited. Vinho Verde is one of the oldest and largest demarcated wine regions in Europe with wine production dating back 2000 years. Named for its lush green landscape, Vinho Verde is located in Portugal’s Northwest, beginning just below the Portuguese -Spanish border and extending to the Atlantic Ocean. It is composed of nine sub regions each with unique microclimates which are the result of different topographical characteristics and the many rivers that flow through the region. White wine accounts for 86% of total production and typically is a blend of native grape varieties including Alvarinho, Loureiro and Trajadura. Flavour depends on the grape varieties used -
floral Loureiro, steely Trajadura, mineral Arinto, creamy Avesso, and the fine, mineral, Alvarinho. Most white Vinho Verde wines are characteristically light, crisp and aromatic, often with a light prickle of fizz. Red, Rosé and Sparkling wines are also produced in much smaller qualities. If you find yourself in the region, I suggest seeking out these unique and flavourful wines. Vinho Verde is often referred to as “The Wine of Summer,” and now is the perfect time to experience the invigorating and versatile wines from this region. The light body and lively acidity make these wines superbly refreshing beverages on the warmest of days. Gastronomic aptitude was a phrase I frequently heard during my visit and these wines have a natural affinity to pair with a variety of cuisines. Northern Portugal has an abundance of local dishes featuring seafood, meat, poultry, vegetables and cheeses often served alongside a chilled bottle of Vinho Verde. The high acidity and low alcohol style would pair particularly well with Island mussels, oysters and lobster.
SOGRAPE GAZELA VINHO VERDE NV 09521Z , 750 mL, $13.79
QUINTA DA AVELEDA
JOAO PORTUGAL RAMOS VINHO LOUREIRO 09653Z, 750 mL, $15.50
11799Z, 750 mL, $15.39
CELEBRATE LATE SUMMER 2018
CELEBRATE LATE SUMMER 2018
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