Ciconia Vinho Verde is a bright, light, grapefruity wine with a hint of sweetness on the finish. VERY REFRESHING and low in ETOH (12.3% according to their tech sheet, it says 10% on the bottle). Made from strains of the varietals Antão Vaz, Verdelho and Viognier, it has a minerality that makes it almost effervescent. And you know what? Opening a screw-top wine bottle in the summertime makes it even more refreshing. (Instant gratification, you don't have to go running to get the corkscrew!)
I wrote about Portugal's Herdade SÃO Miguel when I reviewed their Ciconia Touriga Nacional Syrah Aragones NV $7.99 (not TJ's) ***(*). They are a huge producer which made me leery, but so far, both of their economical screw top wines that I have tasted were fantastic for the price point. Really great, inexpensive wine.
It has taken me weeks to review their Vihno Verde because I am in the middle of a very busy summer. I am off to the Wine Bloggers' Conference in a few days and there will be a flurry of posts.
Until then, here are the sunflowers
that were bringing summer right into the kitchen
when I returned home from Maine on Monday: