Monday, November 30, 2009
PORTUGUESE WINE TERMS
Casta: Grape variety
Colheita: Vintage year
Espumante: Sparkling wine
Garrafeira: A reserva red wine aged at least two years in a barrel and one year in a bottle; a white wine aged at least six months in a barrel and six months in a bottle.
Maduro: mature (in opposition to verde). Mature wines are Portuguese wines produced in all regions except the ones produced in Vinho Verde region, due to that, the term "maduro" rarely appears on bottles.
Reserva: Superior quality wine of a single vintage
Verde: green (in opposition to maduro). Wines produced in Vinho Verde region with a distinctive method.
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