2020 Quinta da Lixa 'Anjos' Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde, Portugal
Can you say “Crushable?!” This wine (and it’s counterpart) are two of the most “easy-drinking” wines in the whole place! These wines are made specifically to drink when you want something fresh, fruity and fun. These wines are made specifically to drink when you want something fresh, fruity and fun. Made from a blend of Loureiro (whose inviting, aromatic character dominates the blend), Arinto, and Trajadura Vinho Verde literally means ‘green wine’ and is named after the northwest Portugese region from which it originates. The ‘green’ in the name refers to the youthful state in which the wines are customarily released and consumed, not the color of the wine.
This is a textbook example of the style that has brought Vinho Verde to prominence: a kiss of residual sugar to balance out the crisp, Atlantic acidity, all enveloped in a comforting embrace of creamy petillance. You couldn’t ask for a better party or pool wine. Drink it on its own or with light appetizers.
Winery Notes: Owned and operated operated by the Meireles family from the town of Vila da Lixa since the mid-1980s, Quinta da Lixa began its life as a cellar-door vendor of what the locals lovingly called o tal vinho da Lixa – ‘that Lixa wine’. The 1990s saw the construction of a new winery devoted to transitioning the family business from bulk local-market sales to estate bottling. In the early 2000s, the famliy was lucky enough to hire Carlos Teixeira, a local who had left town to make his name as one of Portugal’s most respected oenologists. He’s still at the helm of this beloved winery today, producing textbook Vinhos Verdes at an unimpeachable level of quality for the very modest pricepoint.