Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde

Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde

Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde

Wine Name: Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde

Origin: Portugal

Grapes: various from the region

Cost: $7.50

My thoughts: This wine was very pale in color; it had just a slight greenish-yellow tint. The aroma was flowery with just a very slight oak undertone. I tasted it blind but I knew it had to be something fizzy because it had a little bit of efferescnce. The taste was fruity, with a medium finish. I really like this wine and will buy this often in the summer. Yum!

Quinta de Bons-Ventos 2006 – first blind tasting!

Qunita de Bons-Ventos

Qunita de Bons-Ventos

I’ve decided the proper way to taste and review wines is to have my husband open the bottle in another part of the house, pour it, and bring it to me without my knowing what it is. I write my notes on the aroma and taste before he reveals which wine it is. This method is closer to what Goldstein writes about in his book. I don’t know if not seeing the label or knowing what I spent on it makes a difference but I’m guessing it does.

Wine Name:Quinta de Bons-Ventos 2006

Origin: Portugal (Estremadura)

Grapes: Castelão, Camarate, Tinta Miuda, Touriga Nacion

Cost: $7.00

My thoughts: This wine is a lovely deep purple. It smells fruity, and almost has an earthy, or mushroomy smell. I like the taste a lot – my notes say “yum!”. The finish is pretty short. I think it’s a good summer red, and I’d definitely buy this again.


Portuga 2007 White Wine

I have been interested in figuring out what kinds of wines I like, and what to buy. I just finished reading Robin Goldstein’s book The Wine Trials and wonder just how much I like a wine because of its price or label. Goldstein goes to great lengths to discuss how our enjoyment of wine is directly related to the price. I won’t spoil the book here, but he backs up his claims with research, both his own and that of others.

Portuga 2007 White Wine

Portuga 2007 White Wine

Wine name: Portuga 2007 White Wine

Origin: Portugal (Estremadura)

Cost: $8.75

Grapes: Arinto, Fermao Pires, and Vital (from label)

My thoughts: I liked the wine and think it would be best on a warm day. It smelled faintly of grass. It had no oaky smell at all, or cat pee smell, or other weird smells some white wines have. The taste was good, but not strong at all. It had a very short finish. I might buy this again.