2017 Encosta do Xisto – Vinho Verde Loureiro, Portugal

This is made from the Loureito grape.  Green/silvery/gold in color.  The nose is steely with a nice lemony quality.  Just a bit of tropical fruit.  On the palate, this is slightly oily.  Light bodied.  Good acidity.  Just the faintest bit of spritz on it, especially the finish.  This retails for under $10 and is a great value.  Perfect for sipping before dinner or with lighter foods.  Drink in the next year or two.  

Portugal’s Vinho Verde Region: The Best of the Best

The irony of Portugal is that, though wine has been made here for centuries, most wine drinkers cannot name a single grape from the region, with the exception of port. When one hears Portugal, one tends to think of port wines and the city of Porto. But Portugal has varied wine regions within its coastal influences. Among white wines, it is broadly known as the Vinho Verde region.

Vinho Verde: Portugal's Largest Wine Region

The first thing you should know about Portugal's Vinho Verde wine region is that the name, which translates to "green wine," doesn't describe the color of the wine produced here. Instead, the name refers to the tradition of drinking Vinho Verde wines while they are young. In fact, the worst thing you can do to a Vinho Verde wine is save it for next year.