June 06, 2005

Aveleda 2004 Vinho Verde Loureiro

(Imported by Tri-Vin Imports, Mount Vernon, NY; about $8)

You know it’s officially summer when the Vinho Verde begins to hit the shelves. These wines come from the northwest coast of Portugal, where cool temperatures and Atlantic moisture keep the area Ireland-green. That climate makes for wines that are so light and crisp that they are best drunk when they are very young, or “green”—thus the name, Vinho Verde. Some of the best Vinho Verde on the market come from Aveleda, a winery run by the Guedes family for three centuries. They make many different examples, from a light-as-air, $6 Casal Garcia to the more substantial almond tones of the single-varietal Trajadura and Alvarinho version, which tops the array at about $13.

This recommendation first appeared in the Denver Post.

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