Day 13. Wine 5.
We are revisiting white because the last review was such a non-starter. And this time I chose a sure bet, a wine that I admit to loving even before I dissect it for you. I am biased on this one; I admit to having bought a case of it for the last three summers. Why? It’s crisp, light, thirst quenching and delicious. And cheap. Did I mention cheap?
The colour in the glass is very pale straw, with greenish tones, and there is evidence of that “slight soupçon of spritz” (bubbles) that marks most Vinho Verdes. Don’t get your hopes up with the initial froth that comes from the first pour, though. This ain’t no methode traditionale. But even a bit o’ fizz is good fun where you can get it.
On the nose, I am as trained as Pavlov’s dog at the first whiff of that bright citrus nose, with softer honeydew melon on top, salivating on cue in prep for the sip to come.
For me this wine is all about the palate… it’s like the most refreshing alcoholic lemonade imaginable. The very high acidity may not be to everyone’s taste, but for me, combined with the slight fizz of carbonation, it’s incredibly refreshing. Ahhhhhhhh…
Overall, this wine is the perfect summer sipper. I’ve had (a lot of) it with omelettes on the deck, and it’s also great for salad suppers as the acidity stands up to vinaigrettes better than most wines. I’d like to pair it with mussels or garlic prawns this year.
Year: NV Consistent year after year.
Alcohol: 9%, nice and light
Price: $10.99 at BC Liquor Stores (Tillicum)
My rating (ratings are being done based on quality versus price, on scale of 0 to 5 stars): ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Really, it doesn’t get much better in terms of value for dollar.
The Music Match
This wine is light and fun and begs to not be taken seriously. Hence, a tune to match. I could play this a thousand times and not grow tired of it. It’s/they’re just so… pretty. Enjoy!