Octave Vinho Verde Chills On the Patio

Sunday marked the Third Annual Corks & Caps event for Ankeny’s SummerFest celebration, an Ankeny Chamber four-day production.  Corks & Caps features local Iowa wineries and breweries pouring their well-crafted beverages for some 500 people attending.

Skies were blue, temperatures soared, but summer breezes and plenty of canopies, kept it all comfortable.

I was able to sneak away from my welcoming duties to schmooze with some of our participating vendors.  Here I am in the company of local brewing giants; Ken Broadhead, part-owner/brewer from Confluence Brewing Company (confluencebrewing.com), Matt Sims, owner/brewer from Number 7 Brewing Company (number7brewing.com), and Dan Heiderscheit, owner/brewer of our newest Ankeny brewery, Firetrucker Brewery, (firetrucker.com) coming next Spring!

Corks and Caps was an awesome opportunity for event-goers to taste the brews of these and many other dedicated brewers, as well as many wines crafted from regional grapes that truly reflect the terroir of our Iowa landscape.

My shade-dappled patio looked so welcoming to my hot-and-exhausted-self when Corks & Caps was completed!  A cooling refreshing wine was in order.  Octave Vinho Verde was my choice.

Vinho Verde, literally “green wine”, is an appellation in Portugal’s northwest corner where the soils are fertile, granite and the vegetation is lush and green.  “Green” also refers to the fresh, youthful style of these wines.

In this Octave offering, I found pear and mineral aromas.  On the palate, a lively, slightly fizzy body prickles the tongue.  Flavors are fresh and zingy with pear, mineral and lemon and a finish hinting of tropical fruits.  Serve this wine well-chilled–heck, throw in a lemon slice too!  The unpretentious charm of this wine won’t mind at all.

The Octave, like most Vinho Verde’s is low in alcohol and low in price, making it great for gulping while cooling off and relaxing on a warm summer evening!

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4 comments to “Octave Vinho Verde Chills On the Patio”

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  1. Anonymous - Mar 16, 2014 Reply

    Where do you purchase your Vinho Verde wines in Iowa?
    Thank you!

  2. Sue Navratil - Mar 16, 2014 Reply

    Maria: There are lots of stores in the DesMoines metro area where you can find Vinho Verde. Many of the Hy-Vee stores will have them as well as, I imagine, the Whole Foods store and World Market! Good luck!

  3. Anonymous - Mar 16, 2014 Reply

    Thank you, Sue. I just moved to NW IA and haven't been successful with locating Vinho Verde in this part of the state. My fiance' is Portuguese and he introduced me to these delightful wines. I will see if maybe our local Hy-Vee can special order some Vinho Verdes.Thanks!

  4. Sue Navratil - Mar 26, 2014 Reply

    Maria: My Octave Vinho Verde is distributed by Johnson Brothers Distributors. If you tell your local Hy-Vee, they should be able to get it for you. I also carry Gazela vinho Verde and that is distributed by Dimitri–not sure if they distribute to NW Iowa. That might help in getting your Hy-Vee to find it for you! Good luck!

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