Freshen my palate with Vinho Verde Português!

Freshen my palate with Vinho Verde Português! I received some savory Vinho Verde white wines from Portugal to sample. “Vinho Verde” in Portuguese means “green wine” but translates as “young wine” because the wine is usually released shortly after the grapes are harvested. Vinho Verdes can be red, white and rosé. However, these two specific Vinho Verde wines express the characteristics of the region’s white grape varieties of like Loureiro, Alvarinho, and Avesso. Vinho Verde white wines are typically light, refreshing, and possess great thirst-quenching acidity. The ideal wines to pair with fresh green salads, seafood appetizers, and honestly for all types of foodie occasions too.

My thoughts on some classic food pairings for these two vibrant white wines began with the craving for seafood. In particular, a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail. This shrimp cocktail is pretty easy to make, it just takes lots of chopping.

My Mexican-style shrimp cocktail consists of the following:

  • Jumbo shrimp (I use frozen cooked shrimp and defrosted) then cut in chunks
  • Purple onion chopped
  • Cucumbers chopped
  • Jalapeños finely diced
  • Roma tomatoes fresh firm ones diced
  • Avocados cut chunky
  • Celery seed the ground powdered version and just a dash of the powder to get the essence of the celery (I use Penzeys Spices)
  • Cilantro chopped
  • Lime juice fresh squeezed
  • Ketchup… or I sometimes use Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
  • Tabasco sauce to taste

There you have it, a Mexican shrimp cocktail. Yum! I enjoyed this seafood sensation with a Vinho Verde, the 2019 Esporão Bico Amarelo featured below.

This Vinho Verde is a citrusy light white wine with gratifying acidity, and a flair of tropical notes too. The 2019 Bico Amarelo is a combination of the Portuguese grape varieties of Loureiro, Alvarinho, and Avesso. Simply delicious. 

Lucky me, the next evening I sampled another Vinho Verde (Image featured below) from Qunita do Ameal the 2019 Ameal Loureiro. Paired this exemplary white citrusy wine with a meal of pistachios. This charming wine is made with 100% Loureiro grapes from the Qunita do Ameal vineyards. The vineyards are located in the valley of the Lima river within the Vinho Verde region. The Loureiro grape grows in the vineyards nearby the river and in the past decade has produced some higher-end quality wines. I would say their 2019 Loureiro is pretty tasty. A light bouquet of floral, taste of Meyer lemons, and of course satisfying acidity.

Loved sampling these Vinho Verde white wines from Portugal, and I am certainly looking forward to tasting other Vinhos Português! ¡Felicidades!

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