Wines that Rock: Verdelho - Laid back, nothing more, nothing less
You can be forgiven for never having heard of Verdelho, its not exactly common to see bottles of it strewn all over your wine aisles at your local. You may find a few Portuguese whites lying around, but its not really a common thing. Why the hell this wine is not garnishing the attention it deserves is beyond me though, because this could hands down be the best white wine in the fucking world!?!
Yeh, I said it. Verdelho could be the one best damn white wine in the world. To be clear I don't mean that a single bottle of Verdelho is the single best wine in the world, but it could be that wine that ticks all your boxes. A white wine that everybody will love, from the novice to the certified wino. Maybe because it has everything you could want from a white wine, the crips acidity, the dryness, the slight oily texture, the mouthful of passion fruit that drives people wild. Or it could be because it has all of that with out all the complexity, without all the nuance. It just is what it is.
Naturally, like everything cool and chill, the Australians are the first to make headway. In Australia Verdelho is a wine for get-togethers, hanging out, having a few friends over. Thank goodness that attitude to Verdelho is the one making its way around the world. This wine is a people pleaser, from the wine novice to the wine snob, everybody is going to love it. Like the great Beach Boys albums, the novices love the catchy tunes but the real music nerds obsess over the wall of sound. Yeh, thats Verdelho, it just hits you and you don't know why but it feels so good.
Verdelho is white wine with all the bullshit taken out of it. Its laid back, super chill, and yet its intelligent, its caring, its empathetic and sympathetic. Its that guy who can spend ll day surfing, be your best friend, and turns out has a PhD in astrophysics. This is a wine for friends, for sharing, and kicking back. Verdelho rocks because under its charming, simple exterior hides a complex wine full of wonder.