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Wine of the week: 2014 Lago Cerqueira Vinho Verde

Minho, Portugal



Retail: $11

Chilled beverages hit the spot on hot summer days, and this vinho verde wine from Portugal is light, fruity and effervescent. Adega do Salvador, one of the finest producers in the region, makes this classic, slightly fizzy white wine in Costa Verde near the Atlantic coast. Vinho verde wines typically are made from a blend of several indigenous grapes. The Loureio, Arinto, Azal and Trajadura grape varietals used in this wine were hand-harvested and processed immediately. The wine underwent temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats for about 15 days, then another fermentation, which left the wine with a little spritziness, the hallmark of vinho verde wines. In the glass, this value-priced wine is light, crisp and fresh with a slight tingle of effervescence on the nose and palate. It has floral nuances, citrus, dried pineapple and tropical character, flavors of lime zest, almond notes, melon and vivid acidity with a touch of minerality. Serve chilled. Drink now and over the next one to three years. It is good for casual sipping but versatile enough to drink with spicy dishes, fish, seafood, Asian cuisine, sushi, tapas, salads and fruit plates. Buy it at: Rouses Market on Tchoupitoulas. Drink it at: Bayou Wine Garden on North Rendon in Mid-City.

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