Everything you know and love about Vinho Verde wine is going to be turned on its head in the couple of minutes you’ll spend reading this. It’s cheap, cheerful and wonderfully drinkable, sure, but the largest DOC in Portugal, and one of its oldest wine-making regions, can do so much more. And I learnt, on a freshly sunny day in mid-May, that the results are fantastic.
So Vinho Verde is associated with easy-drinking whites - that pale yellow, low-alcohol, zingy stuff with all its bright acidity and spritz. It famously brings a zesty and refreshing mouthful. But that’s not all it’s about. At a lunch hosted by Vinho Verde wines and Mike Turner, I tasted the breadth of what this cool, northern region of Portugal has to offer, and saw how food prepared by Three Girls Cook married beautifully with these varied white wines.