WINE WORD OF THE DAY
Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 10th and on this day in 1813 Giuseppe Verdi was born. Or was it the October 9th? Who knows, since I suppose records weren’t kept very well back then in Italy…
Anyway, if you like operas, Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was your guy, as he was one of the greatest operatic composers of the nineteenth century.
If I had to pick a favorite opera it would have to be La traviata because of the song “Libiamo ne' lieti calici”, which means “let’s drink from the joyful cups” (and I do think Verdi means wine, here, Jill).
And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day: Vinho Verde
This could be one of our best stretches yet, Jill, since Vinho Verde is a Portuguese wine and has absolutely nothing to do with famed Italian composer, Verdi.
But this is what we do.
Vinho Verde is not a grape but a region in the far north-west of Portugal. The name means “green wine” but that really translate into “young wine”. These wines could be white, red, or rose, but they are all suppose to be drunk within a year of bottling.
What is crazy about this region is there are 10’s of thousands of producers of this wine. And most growers train their vines high off the ground– up trees, fences and even telephone poles so that they can grow vegetables for their families below the vines.
So, in order to make a little green from green wine, you have to pick it out of the blue sky.
For transcripts, links and more Toddcasts, go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd. If you have any suggestions for more words, historical fact or tips on how I can grow chardonnay vines on utility wires over Main Street in Cambria, please send emails to, firstname.lastname@example.org.
And until next time, cheers to you!
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