They’re not the most famous wines. Their grapes are unfamiliar. And their name is slightly misleading. But if they are not yet familiar to you, August is the perfect time to discover Vinho Verde. A product of northern Portugal, they are the quintessential summer wines — delicate, light, refreshing, low in alcohol and lightly pétillant when you pour them, a wine to enjoy in its youth. As for its name, Vinho Verde translates to “green wine,” but here green means young, not aged, and the wine’s color tends toward the palest yellow, not green.
While there are white, rosé and red varieties of Vinho Verde, it’s the whites I recommend here. There are more than a dozen indigenous grape varieties that can be made into white Vinho Verde, but those most often used are Loureiro, Trajadura and Alvarinho. The latter is a relative of Spain’s Albariño, which grows just across the Minho River, the border between the two countries.
José Maria da Fonseca’s Twin Vines 2010 ($9) is a good introduction to Vinho Verde. Named after his twin daughters, this blend of the three major grapes is paleshaded, fresh, crisp and brimming with tropical fruit flavors.
The 100 percent Loureiro of Quinta das Arcas ($10) is almost as pale as water. Beyond that, it shows an exuberant pétillance when poured and a lovely, fruity youthfulness.
The Vinho Verde of Broadbent Selections ($10) is also almost water-light in color, but don’t mistake that for a pale taste. It is a surprisingly forward Vinho Verde with a citric snap and a relatively long finish.
Only Vinho Verde from the two northern regions bordering the Minho River can put Alvarinho on their labels. Quinta da Lixa 2011 ($14) is one of them. Made 100 percent of the grape, this wine shows more depth, subtler fruit in the nose and a longer aftertaste than most Vinho Verdes.
The Artisan Collection offers three Vinho Verdes under the Las Lilas label. There is a 100 percent Alvarinho, a 100 percent Loureiro and one that blends 50 percent of each of these grapes. The two 100 percent wines, especially, are brimming with fresh fruit flavors — tasty wines indeed. Prices run from $10–12.
Enjoy Vinho Verde with salads, seafood, appetizers and by itself — the perfect August aperitif.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Even if you are not familiar with Chicago, you may already know the Wicker Park neighborhood is one of the city’s “eat like a local” destinations, especially among young professionals whose idea of local is actually quite global. After a decade of high-concept comfort food and gastro-pubs, the Tan family took over a homey space on North Avenue to mix things up with the opening of Cebu. Cebu is not just a Filipino restaurant, but one focused on Cebuano regional cooking along with its Chinese and Spanish underpinnings.