RKS Wine: The Penniless Pensioner Wants a Portuguese Pinkie!

PP often waxes about the great wines of Portugal which for him means trophy table wines and Port from the Douro region. At one point, before his cellar was sold off to pay for his criminal trial defence in New York for being a co-conspirator with Bernie Madoff, he had over two hundred bottles of Vintage Port worth thousands of dollars. Now he has a budget not to exceed $16.95 for a bottle but he says he is enjoying “scraping the bottom”. He says after all, “I have hit rock bottom financially so why not hit rock bottom wines. Once a nightmare it is now a challenge.”

This Casa de Ventozela is from the Vinho Verde region in Northern Portugal. Vinho Verde whites are usually very light often with high acidity and well suited for grilled sardines, sea bass and sea bream. Vinho Verde reds can be wild beasts needing spicy meat dishes to quell their rage. Not being sure about a Vinho Verde Rosé we screw open the cap and hope for the best.

It is a moderately coloured pinkie. On the nose raspberry, strawberry, tangerine and red cherry. Very pleasing. On the palate neither acidic or wild like its white and red cousins. In a nutshell gentle and very pleasing with red cherry that gains in sweetness on the mid palate. The acidity ramps up as the wine proceeds from cold to cool. I’d like to pair this with a Mexican Red Snapper Veracruz. A good outdoor wine when chilled and kept in an ice bucket. Drink now. Made from the Espadeiro grape

(Casal de Ventozela 2020, Vinho Verde, Casa de Ventozela, Vila Verde, Portugal, $14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 450841, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 88/100)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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