There’s no doubt that rosé wines are hot right now. With over 78 million gallons consumed by Americans in 2015, more people every day are discovering the new generation of rosé wines that go way beyond sugary sweet white Zinfandel.
So what’s with the newfound attraction to rosé wines, you might ask? In my opinion it’s their highly refreshing nature and food friendliness that have attracted so many people to this style. And given what we’ve seen with the white wines from Vinho Verde, rosé from this area seems like it would be a slam dunk. In today’s sponsored post from Vinho Verde, we set out on a journey to find out.
Rosé wines are, of course made from red grapes. And yes, there are several varieties of red grapes grown in Vinho Verde! The primary red varieties found here are Espadeiro, which thrives in warmer inland sub-regions; Padeiro, primarily found in the sub-region of Basto; and Vinhao, the most widely planted red variety in Vinho Verde. All of these varieties are used in rosé wines along with iconic Portuguese red varieties like Touriga Nacional.
As we mentioned earlier, one of the main attractions of these wines is their extreme flexibility in pairing with a wide range of foods. Refreshing acidity and lower alcohol levels certainly play a part. Vinho Verde rosé wines are also often a bit on the sweeter side, not nearly as dry as say your typical Provence rosé, which allows them to pair well with desserts or even spicy foods.
We sampled several bottles of Vinho Verde rosé recently and found them to be universally delicious and refreshing, much like our first experience with Vinho Verde rosé last year. Stay tuned for reviews of these new wines coming up over the next few weeks.
Are you ready to go explore the rosé wines of Vinho Verde? They may be a bit harder to find than their white counterparts but don’t be afraid to ask your local retailers if they can bring them in or to shop online if you can, it will be well worth the effort. In the meantime find out more info on Vinho Verde Wines here and check out all our recommended buys from this region.
This post was sponsored by Vinho Verde Wines.