Wine of the Month – June 2022 – Quinta das Arcas ‘Arca Nova’ Vinho Verde 2020
FORGET EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT VINHO VERDE. The always pleasant, refreshing, somewhat fizzy, simple white wine can be more, oh so much more. We’ve found a bottle to shout from the proverbial rooftops about, and as our luck would have it, just in time for summer. Quinta das Arcas ‘Arca Nova’ Vinho Verde 2020 is the perfect patio pounder white for your summer lounge chair. Esteves Monteiro began his family’s winery in the early 1980s and hasn’t looked back. The family vineyards in Vinho Verde produce many indigenous white grape varietals one of which is the charming Loureiro. The Loureiro grape can be used as a “filler” in most blends, but not in the experienced hands of Esteves. The final blend in this Vinho Verde is 50% Loureiro, 40% Arinto and 10% Trajadura. The result? A clean, fruity, fresh, and pleasant wine with gobs of personality. Swing by and grab a bottle for the deck. Heck, it’s a screw cap. Bring it to the beach or pool.