Happy St Patrick’s Day!
You might be surprised to be told there is such a thing as ‘Green’ wine but yes, there is.
Vinho Verde, literally translates as ‘Green Wine’ from Portuguese, describing the greenness of the area of Northern Portugal where these wines originate from. Spritzy, light and fresh … perfect for spring days and light lunches.
Grüner Veltliner, meaning “Green Wine of Veltlin”, this was an area in the lower Alps during the 1600’s that is now part of Valtellina, Italy. It can be exotic, with a green herbaceous character from lime and lemon to nectarine.
Lovely alternatives to Sauvignon Blanc, which can at times look green in the glass!
Carménère is best known for producing wines with red fruits and a distinct pepper note, I mean green bell pepper, peppercorn and at times a minty eucalyptus edge. Thought to have been Merlot for a long time, it is now shining as Chile’s signature grape variety.