2007 Adega Ponte de Lima "Adamado" Vinho Verde, Portugal

SKU #1038368

One of Bon Appetit Magazine's Great Bargain Bottles! When the temperatures are high most people stray away from wine turning to beer, refreshing cocktails like mojitos or margaritas or, heaven forbid, water, to quench their sun-induced thirst. But most don't know about the low alcohol (this one clocking in at 10% ABV), thirst quenching number called Vinho Verde. These traditional wines from the north of Portugal have snappy, bright acidity and a touch of fizz to them that makes them even more appealing, at least in my humble opinion. The "Adamado" is from a co-op by the name of Ponte de Lima, a conglomeration of more than 2,000 growers that began in 1962. Made from a blend of traditional varietals (Loureiro, Trajadura and Pedernã) this wine is all about unabashed, tangy lime flesh. Add the slightest bit of effervescence and minerality and subtract the lack of cloying, sugary sweetness and this is one of the best wines from Vinho Verde on the market today. Our staff has taken to this wine like a fish to water, some of whom may have even been spotted drinking this straight from the bottle. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/19/2009  | Send Email
May to September, this light, low-alcohol, slighty off-dry, spritzy wine from Portugal is synonomous with summer drinking. Bright, zippy acidity and fresh lime flavors make it this bottle a fresher, no-regrets alternative to the margarita. Buy by the case and serve up at your next pool-side party or tailgate. Easy, drinkable, food-friendly - I love the stuff!
Drink from 2009 to 2010

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/18/2008  | Send Email
A flash of sparkling lime light in a bottle, this crisp, tartly refreshing wine is a delicate blend of at least three grapes grown and harvested in a large cooperative: loureiro for acidity and low alcohol, revealing subtle hints of bay leaves; trajadura for early-ripening and a floral lemon-pepper profile; and pederna contributing even greater acidity and peachy-lemony aromas. Fantastic with grilled, skewered scallops and prawns or fresh calamari salad.

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.