Vinho Verde Meets Homemade Sushi 

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Vinho Verde is a large DOC in the North of Portugal with nine subregions. They are nine sub-regions in the DOC. Each one is  named after either a river or a town. They are Monção, Melgaço, Lima, Basto, Cávado, Ave, Amarante, Baião, Sousa and Paiva.

The weather is cool and wet cool while the soils are primarily granite.  Much of the wine is white made with indigenous grapes and is light, fresh and often fizzy in the glass. Acidity abounds and these wines are perfect for seafood and light appetizers. They also make red wines.

I love Portugal and have been lucky enough to visit a handful of times. I’ve never been to this reason though and reading about it makes me excited to think about traveling there when possible. In the meantime, I am learning Portuguese. Hopefully by the time I get there I can say more than “the book is on the table.” It is an exciting country and one that has so many indigenous grapes it makes my head spin. I didn’t have any Vinho Verde on hand and used to get some from a local store. They had one wine and I ordered it for the #WinePW weekend. However, for a number of reasons I never got around to writing the post up so here it is, two weeks later than I promised but better late than never.

The bottle I ordered was from JM Fonseca and was called Twin Vines. Made from a blend of four grapes, 70% Loureiro,  15%  Trajadura, 10% Pedernā  and 5% Alvarinho. This blend of floral notes from the Loureiro, wet stony Trajadura, creamy Pedernā and mineral Alvarinho had a slight fizz and nice acidity. It was very reasonable in price, around $13 if memory serves but perhaps even less.

The winery was founded in 1834 by José Maria da Fonseca. Today the winery has 650 hectares under vine. Some 60% of their wines are exported and they have many brands, 34. “Periquita is the biggest brand, followed by Lancers, Alambre Moscatel de Setúbal, João Pires and BSE,” according to their website. Lancers played a role in my wine development I must say. My Mother drank it often when I was a girl, that and Mateus. Setubal was one of the first places I visited the first time I went to Portugal. I bought pottery I still have, candlesticks and drank Moscatel, if memory serves. The 6th and 7th generation of the family are now running the company. This wine is dedicated to the twin daughters of António Maria Soares Franco.


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I paired it with homemade sushi. The light fizz nature of the wine was perfect with sushi. I made kappa rolls and salmon rolls. Nothing fancy but something I do now know how to make. I slammed my finger in the garage door today and practically drank this whole bottle on my own to numb the pain. It worked like a charm and was a welcome friend for me.

The other #WinePW bloggers wrote these great posts about Vinho Verde. Check them out.


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