Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Vinho Verde

There was a refreshing wine to go with some swordfish last night, a 2008 Arca Nova Vinho Verde from Portugal. There was a slight spritz and effervescence to the wine when first opened. Pale in the glass with just the slightest tinge of yellow-green on the edge. Lots of acid and green grape flavors balanced by acidity and low alcohol. There was a tiny hint of sweetness at the very end, but not enough to make the wine taste sweet. Fresh, young alive and really nice on a warm evening. This isn't a wine to ponder, just a wine to wash down some good food and enjoy the experience. At $6 a bottle it's a great buy for a summer white.

The swordfish was pan seared after being marinated in lime juice, rosemary, thyme, garlic and red pepper flakes. Once the sear was on both sides it saw about five minutes in the oven to finish cooking, and that was just enough time to stir fry some asparagus and open the bottle of wine. Nice evening.

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