The firsts just keep rockin' at Wine of the Month Club. Our selection hails from one of our favorite regions in the world, Portugal's Vinho Verde. However, instead the light refreshing white wine we so enjoy, we're featuring a rose! Our first ever. Rose wine is on such a roll all over the globe, it was just a matter of time before Vinho Verde jumped in. We couldn't be more excited.
What we were surprised to find out was that up until the 1980s, Vinho Verde was mostly a red wine. Our introduction was before then, but all we saw and tasted were those lovely, refreshing whites. Now, we also have a light, refreshing rose and we can't wait for you to try it.
Unlike most estates in Vinho Verde, Quinta de Raza is not co-op. It is a family-owned estate that has been in the hands of the Teixeira Coelho family for generations. They are very respectful of their history and especially the land, which their forefathers painstakingly protected.
The grapes here are quite a mix. The Baker grape is so obscure it is not listed in Robinson's Wine Grapes tome which covers over 12,000 varieties. It is an ancient variety, dark skinned and very sweet. The Vinhao grape is also very flavorful and considered the darkest grape in all of Portugal.
This unique combination produces an engaging, aromatic wine, both light and imposing. The blast of dark, red fruit aromas belies the light lushness of the wine and begs for an ahi salad or corn and ham soup.