Vinho Verde Wine Experience returned to New York City for its third year, and already you should be thinking about attending next year.
Guests tasted and learned about wines from over 30 wineries from the Portuguese Vinho Verde region while sampling bites from a multitude of New York City restaurants. Choosing from three sessions throughout the day, wine lovers zipped around the indoor/outdoor space trying as many pours as they wanted at different stations from top sellers and Sommeliers.
Portugal has a long history of wine and Vinho Verde is the country’s largest wine region with 19,000 grape growers farming over 51,000 acres of vineyards. Flavors will depend on the grape varieties used but the indigenous grape vines grow in fertile, granite soils along the rivers in cool, wet weather.
At the event we taste-tested as many Portuguese Roses and Whites as possible and the below were the stand outs:
- Anjos Rose: light with red berry flavor
- Anjos Vernho Verde White: citrus with green apple
- Alvarinho: tastes like a light ocean air, goes with seafood
- Campelo Rose: full body, medium-sweet Rose that pairs well with salty food
- Encostas do Lima: produced at Adega Cooperativa de Ponte de Lima; a great table wine
- Lagosta: spritzy and bubbly with citrus and clean flavoring
- Lago Cerqueira Rose: a bright wine with red fruit aroma
Wine drinking wasn’t the only activity of the day. A Vinho Verde Cocktail bar, live music, and photobooth and Sommelier info sessions rounded out the event.
Photos by Kimberly Mufferi for Vinho Verde Wine Experience