It's a good thing grapes don't care about political boundaries. If they did we might have some problems getting the wines we love. Such might be the case with our Senda Verde, "green path." Our grape, Treixadura, is grown in Northwestern Spain in an area called Ribeiro. It is literally a grape's throw to Vinho Verde in Northern Portugal and is technically a Portuguese variety. The two areas are virtually identical even though they are in two different countries.
Senda Verde is a coop of growers here that specialize in a few white varietals that only grow in this region. It is one of the greenest areas on Earth as it is quite wet and thus a perfect place for foliage. But, not a great place for wine grapes.
Treixadura is one of the few grapes that not only survives here, but thrives here. It is pretty much the star of the area because the engaging, spicy wine it produces loaded with exotic fruit and herbs. It comes to us by way of one our favorite suppliers, Mel Master of Winesellers, Ltd. and is as good as so many other great wines we have featured from him.
The exotic juxtaposition of white flowers, mango, cinnamon and nutmeg are further enhanced by a veritable fruit basket of melon and tangerine. And that's just the aroma! It would be too much at once if not held in check by a tingling citrus edge bringing all into focus so you can focus on a veal Bolognaise or crab enchiladas.