On my trip to Portugal a couple of weeks ago I became rather fond of Vinho Verde, young wine that hails from the North of the country. I've only tried the white variety but it comes in all the usual winey colourways. Tracking them down is just the excuse that I need to head back to the country that's newly on my favourites list.
It's probably sacrilege but it puts me in mind of the cheap as chips Lambrusco that I used to guzzle in my early twenties. It's got that slight fizziness, petillance I think that they call it. The bubbles are delicate, nothing like the blow your socks off variety that inhabit bottles of Champagne and Prosecco.
I'm not the only one who's developed a liking for this citrusy, fruity gorgeous stuff. Both Salty Dog and Mr Metrosexual were already fans. And I wonder if we're onto the next big trend? For typically this tipple is much lower in alcohol than most wines on sale these days. In an ever health conscious climate that's got to be a good thing. And for those who occasionally indulge heartily you can console yourself with the fact that the alcohol content is barely more than a couple of pints of strong ale. There you go. It's almost lemonade!
Anyway I was pleased to find this brand of Vinho Verde in the big Sainsbury's on the ring road. At just a fiver it's an absolute bargain.