Friday Feature – A Perfect Summertime Vinho Verde

Hello and Happy Friday!

Hope you are having a great summer and enjoying this warm weather!

This week, I learned of a really exciting wine dinner that is taking place on Monday, July 23rd at NAHA, one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago.

Ryan Hill of Hill Family Estate will be on hand to present a collection of his excellent Napa Valley wines.  Ryan’s godfather, Peter Jacobsen is one of the great organic farmers in Napa, and will be supplying the vegetables and fruit for the event. Jacobsen Orchards has been excessively providing products from his farm to The French Laundry for the past decade.  This will be a great night of food and wine, and I highly recommend that you attend.  The dinner is $150 per person, including tax and gratuity.  Reservations should be made with the restaurant by calling 312-321-6242.  You can read more about it at the link below.

With lots of outdoor entertaining going on, I bring you a Friday Feature that just screams outdoor drinking.  It is one of the most refreshing and delicious white wines I’ve tried this summer— so read on!

Have a great weekend,



2010 Niepoort “Dócil”  Vinho Verde
This week’s feature is a terrific summertime drink from one of Portugal’s most famous producers, Dirk Niepoort.  Known across the world for his excellent collection of Ports and table wines from the Douro, the ever-busy Niepoort has expanded into other areas of the Portuguese wine world.

Vinho Verde is the name of a region and a wine, situated in the most northern part of Portugal.  The name translates to “green wine,” but also denotes a need to drink it young.  The Vinho Verde region has changed since its inception in 1908, and in recent years, various sub-regions have been highlighted, and some producers are aiming to make more “serious” Vinho Verde; not the style that many are familiar with with very low alcohol and light spritz.

“Dócil” is a Vinho Verde produced with grapes from the Lima sub-region.  While most Vinho Verdes use a blend of many grape varietals, most high-yielding and simple, “Dócil” features the region’s most noble varietal, Loureiro.  Reduced yields and a healthy vine-age of over 20 years old, provide grapes with intensity while retaining the hallmark freshness that makes it one of the most easy-to-drink wines of the world.  Fermentation and aging is done completely in stainless steel tanks.

Incredibly vibrant and fresh with exceptionally pure notes of lime and orange fruit, and a hint at mineral. Grab some for your next outdoor gathering!
$17.99 BTL. / $107.94 SIX-PACK CASE


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