Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’

Alandra Red – Blend, non-vintage – Pot Luck wine!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Party, party , party!  We’re off to a pot luck party!  One of my wife’s buddies is THE pot luck party animal!  She does one a month and they’re FUN!  The secrets to having a good experience are

  • Have a ‘spark plug’ person who loves to be social (our buddy)
  • Bring something you like and present it well

Our assignments at this back yard barbeque are a fruit salad (my wife) and a bottle of wine (me).

We know that these will sit outside so must be temperature safe.

We picked up a 2 gallon glass punch bowl that’s perfectly cylindrical at a garage sale.  My wife slices a fruit without a core (kiwi, orange, etc.) and stacks them around the edge as she fills the bowl with regular fruit salad.  This presents very well.

My assignment is the wine.   I decide on Alandra Red, one of the under priced Portuguese red wines.  Perfect for the back yard event.

A nice soft red, ready to drink but improves after breathing for 10 minutes. One serves the wine at room temperature.  Can keep a while (year or 2) but no improvement with age.

We arrive at party and get a big hug from my wife’s buddy, the music is going and we dance, dance, dance!  The wine loosens every one up and the fruit salad is SO refreshing when we get heated up!

Great fun was had by all!

Alandra Red

Espiral – Vinho Verde – White / slight sparkle

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

It’s a beautiful day and a bunch of friends are coming over and said, “What was that white wine with a spritz we had on the boat the other day?  It was like a cooler right from the bottle!”

I know immediately which one they mean, Espiral Vinho Verde (green wine in Portuguese) is a white wine with just a touch of carbonation.  The green in the name is because they bottle the wine before fermentation is finished.

When we had it the sun deck on the Sausalito Ferry was very warm.  A young lady came over and asked if we were enjoying the wine?  Of course we immediately offerred the lady a glass.  She admitted her interest was not altruistic but was a promoter of Portuguese products!  We spoke highly of the wine which she of course agreed with!  She asked if she could mention the incident in her material and of course since one never should turn down a pretty young lady, we readily agreed!

This wine is soft and goes down easy on a hot day and is low alcohol.

Best chilled.

Perfect for a B-B-Q

Drink immediately after buying, it doesn’t age well.

Caseiro – White

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Crisp white wine – good value

Caseiro White Wine

Caseiro White