Events, Lifestyle, Restaurants
Apr 26, 2024

Wines of Portugal Hosts Vinhos Verde At Catch LA

Portugal proudly displayed their wines from the Vinho Verde region at Catch LA.

Wine makes from Portugal wanted Angeleno’s to experience a side of Vinho Verde like never before. The tasting allowed attendees to experience what it’s like to explore the diverse terroirs from 9 sub-regions as well as high-end examples of Alvarinho, Loureiro, Avesso and many more indigenous grape varieties.

Image: Anastasiia Rozumna

Vinho Verde (pronounce: veeng-yo vairde)

The event kicked off with A 1.5-hour Masterclass presented by Ambassador Matthew Kaner. Afterwards guests were able to join for a premium collective tasting featuring 11 producers from Vinho Verde. What we discovered in our tasting as we sampled the delectable wines brought by the producers is how the Vinho Verde region brings ample acidity into their wine’s flavor profile, making it one of the more refreshing wine options. Every sip felt like a bright taste of sunshine begging to be paired with a summer meal. The Vinho Verde region produces a high-aroma and flavor grape, with hints of peaches, pears and apples, that settle smooth and round on your tastebuds. If you didn’t know we’d love to inform you that Vinho Verde is a wine that is unique to Portugal. It’s a younger wine and therefore spends a shorter shelf life before coming to market giving it that slightly sptirzy appeal that makes it a champion of spring and summer for wine choice. Vinho Verde wines may be red, white or rosé, and are always bottled three to six months after the grapes are harvested, hence, ‘young wine.’ 

While not a sparkling wine by any stretch of the wine interpretation connoisseurs, Vinho Verdes are fruity, fresh, and perfect for anyone getting on board the Natural Wine popularity train. You can dismiss your previous notions of Portugese wine if you’re trying Vinho Verde for the first time. These aren’t your classic heavy, dry Portuguese staples. Instead the Vinho Verdes are bright, highly drinkable, and very affordable. Some of the wines have malolactic fermentation taking place in the bottle. Normally, in winemaking this is usually considered a “wine fault” but Vinho Verde producers found that consumers liked the slightly fizzy nature, so here it’s a characteristic.

We were surprised to learn that Vinho Verde comes in red and rosé. Most Vinho Verde’s on the market are white wines. Infact, the vast majority of Vinho Verde produced is white wine, which are known for their low alcohol content, vibrant fruitiness, and tannic tastiness. You’ll often find this style of white wine often served as a table wine at many restaurants and bars.