Movie & Wine Pairing


Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Monção e Melgaço 2017
Vinho Verde DOC, Portugal

Blithe Spirit (1945)

Adapted from the huge stage hit from English playwright Noel Coward, this film version by director David Lean is full of Technicolor pleasures – including Oscarwinning special effects. This witty story of a remarried man (played by Rex Harrison) haunted by the ghost of his first wife is as sophisticated and richly textured as this Portuguese white, full of fresh green apple and mineral aromas, and flavors of ripe peach and mandarin orange.


When folks in Portugal want a refreshing, sophisticated white, they turn to Alvarinho (aka Albariño in neighboring Spain). And the name Anselmo Mendes promises extraordinary things in the bottle. This exclusive was crafted at his beautiful estate in the mountains of Monção e Melgaço, a special sub-region of Vinho Verde, widely regarded as the best place to grow Alvarinho. True to Anselmo’s style (and his belief that Vinho Verde is much more than just an easy-sipping white), this is a serious wine that brims with vibrant citrus and orchard fruit, plus a creamy complexity.


 Anselmo is famous for his superior Alvarinho (bottles that earn international 90-plus point ratings). In 2011, Revista dos Vinhos named him Best Winemaker and Producer. The Wine Advocate is a big fan too: “One of the region’s biggest names, Anselmo provides both well-priced value wines and high-end quality.” They’ve also called his wines “intellectually interesting and tasty” – and you’ll soon discover why.


fish_whitefish_overveggiesVinho Verde means “green wine,” a name that reflects its green-fruit-tinged whites. It’s also a nod to enjoying them while young and vibrant (best a year or two after harvest). The damp, maritime climate yields grapes with high acidity and low alcohol that make for fresh, easy-drinking wines. Over 25 varieties can be used to make Vinho Verde. Alvarinho, Loureiro, and Trajadura are the most popular.


shell_grilled_shrimpThanks to some lees stirring during the winemaking process, Anselmo’s Alvarinho has a deliciously rich texture – perfect for pairing with meaty lobster dishes. Vinho Verde is an absolutely dynamite match for any seafood though, from grilled mahi-mahi to garlicky shrimp skewers. If seafood’s not your style, you could also try creamy vegetarian dishes or roasted poultry.

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