Wine Tasting Video: Vinho Verde for Portugal’s National Day

Tomorrow, June 10th, is Portugal’s national day (and my dad’s birthday…). How about celebrating it with some va va Vinho Verde?

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2011, Portugal (£6.75-£7.50 Waitrose, Oddbins, Majestic, Booths, The Wine Society)
Bracing mineral-laden youngster, with sprightly citrus and apple fruit, a yeasty bite and a tingling spine of briny minerality. Perfect summer seafood wine. B+

Soalheiro Alvarinho Vinho Verde 2011, Portugal (~£16-£17.50 Fortnum & Mason, Uncorked, Butlers Wine Cellar)
On the richer and rounder end of Vinho Verde, but still only 12.5% alcohol, this has a lovely mix of crisp lemon and Grannie Smiths apple with fleshier fruit such as pear, peach and chirimoya, all underpinned by precise briny minerality. S

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