July 15, 2019

The Minho viticultural region is well known for its Alvarinho grapes–but it’s not as famous as its Spanish neighbor, Rias Baixas, is for the Albariño variety that grows there. Sure, they are the same grape by strain, but express themselves a bit differently. We know which one we’re partial to…including the Juste 2017 Alvarinho we had recently at a dinner out with friends.

Pear aromas accented by kaffir lime leaves played on the nose, with an underpinning of coriander spice on the palate. The body is light and ever-so-slightly frizzante. A lovely aperitif wine, or one to have with ceviche. From Casa de Juste. 12.5% abv.

Vintage & Produce: 2017 Casa de Juste

From: VR Minho

Style: Lightly frizzante white with fruit aromas

Variety: Alvarinho

Price: €11 at a local restaurant

July 8, 2019

We shared a great sushi meal with friends last week, and one of the wines that perfectly accompanied the wide range of fish and flavors was the rosé of vinho verde from Juste. Casa de Juste is an agriturismo, or farmhouse accommodation, in the Minho region of Portugal near Lousada.

The 2017 dry style rosé is made from two different grapes, Espadeiro and Touriga Nacional, and touches off with aromas of red fruits that carry through the palate. A rosé of moderate body and very harmonious. 11.5% abv.

Vintage & Producer: 2017 Casa de Juste

From: Vinho Verde DOC

Style: Dry, medium-bodied rosé

Varieties: Espadeiro and Touriga Nacional

Price: €13 on the wine list at Ka Sushi Cave

July 1, 2019

The vines have sprung into full leaf in the Colares DOC, and it’s time also that many producers release their vintages from last year, after a bit of rest in the bottle. For the Chão Rijo tinto from our local Adega Regional de Colares, the most recent selection is from 2016–to account for the aging in oak casks that it undergoes before bottling.

The 2016 tinto is a blend of Castelão and Tinta Roriz grapes, and it shows red fruits, with iron on the palate, and a touch of pine nuts. Like the more famous Colares wines, it’s still young at three years since harvest, so you can try a bottle now with your porcos secretos, and stash a few away for the winter…or next summer’s grilling season. 12.5% abv.

Vintage & Producer: 2016 Adega Regional de Colares

From: VR Lisboa

Style: Fruity, medium-bodied red

Varieties: Castelão and Tinta Roriz

Price: €4,20 at the adega

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