Vinho Verde, Famega

Vinho Verde, Fâmega, NV $4.49 find this wine

I have always thought of vinho verde as something of a wine curiosity since it’s neither green as the name would imply nor a still wine because of slight effervescence. Heck, it’s hardly even a wine by today’s standards since it has only 9 percent alcohol! But after years of scoffing at vinho verde I tried this one—not of my own free will, of course. It mysteriously ended up in a case of wine that I ordered on line. I’m glad it did. It is a fantastically easy drinking aperitif wine with a sort of bluish hue, bubbles, and good acidity. With the low price and low alcohol, you could really put some of this away. And at under $50 a case at Astor Wines-—too bad summer is almost over! Importer: Admiral Wine Imports, Cedar Grove NJ.

By the way, I have been a slacker over the past two weeks and out of technological fatigue have posted my value vino picks here. Recently reviewed:

Lafazinis, St. George, Pelopennese, 2004. $10 Find this wine

Los Planos, Syrah, D.O. Carinena, 2003 $8 Find this wine

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5 Responses to “Vinho Verde, Famega”

  1. I tried my first vinho verde this summer, and I became a fan, too. If it were a beer, it’d be what I call “boat beer.” Something I’d happily drink in the sun as a refreshment. Not necessarily what I’d grab if I was craving a good glass of wine, though.

    And you’re right. It is kind of a curiousity. But it’s inexpensive and refreshing…so no need to question too much.

  2. Winesmith,
    I like that–“boat wine.” It’s a great idea for the vinho verde marketing board…

  3. I’m embarrassed to say I laughed at the first person to ever recommend vinho verde to me. Years later, at a ridiculously low price we picked up a bottle and discovered the ideal wine for a hot summer day. “Boat wine” is a good term, but we don’t have a boat. We did have a roof garden or “Tar Beach” here in NYC and vinho verde was the ideal summer “roof wine.”

  4. i travelled around europe this past summer and found pretty much no beer but an abundance of cheap wine in every country i visited, but no matter where i went, nothing compared to the vihno verde in portugal. i’m not a big wine drinker but i absolutely loved it- it was a nice substitute for the air conditioning i never managed to find. now that i’m back in the states though i’m unfortunately having a heck of a time trying to track down a store in the area that carries it

  5. […] is a fast and fun summer dish that’s great for sharing. So have a chilled bottle of Vinho Verde ready to go, and serve conquilhas piping hot from the stove with a good squeeze of lemon just […]


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