by Marla Kane
Seastone Vinho Verde is an entertaining white wine blend from the Minho region of Portugal. Literally translated Vinho Verde means “green wine” a color not typically associated with wine which refers to its youthful age because we typically drink it a short time after it is bottled. Even though this wine hasn’t been around the block compared to more aged varietals, it offers a great tasting experience.
As soon as we open the bottle we smell lemon, citrus, stones, water, minerals. Medium-bodied and slightly effervescent, it tastes tart, fruity, green apple and a bit of orange, with plenty of minerals. The flavors hit you right in the jaw area, in a good way.
Dry at first with a sweet finish, it lasts a long time on the palate, particularly when we ate pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses, spicy fish tacos, and raspberries. The best part: this wine tastes terrifically smooth while sipping with our homemade guacamole.
We love Vinho Verde! It’s our new fave white varietal to relax with on a hot summer day. While many of the other vinho verde choices at the store were around 9% ABV, this wine’s 11% alcohol will help you chill out more effectively. Seastone is a great, affordable wine in the $6-7 range that we’ve been enjoying this summer and (gasp) choosing it over our beloved roses!