Springtime is starting to show, and Jeni's line of flavors is ready to grow. Shortly before unveiling her Spring 2015 collection, Jeni came out with a new sorbet - Wheatgrass, Pear & Vinho Verde Sorbet. (Somebody goofed on the label and misspelled "vinho".) Now with me being lucky enough to have ...cough cough... spent last July working in Portugal, I felt compelled enough to order a pint in memory of good old times in the land of crazy drivers and sardines ...and delicious vinho verde - a Portuguese wine from young grapes.
I'm generally not a fan of sorbets, or sherbets either for that matter. The texture is usually icy and gritty from the extra water of the fruit. This one however had a very smooth, baby food-like texture. The pear is the predominant flavor here as the content of the sorbet is mostly pear and green apple flesh. The wheatgrass adds a little bit more sweetness and color. The vinho verde though, I had trouble distinguishing. That was the only disappointment. To be fair, "Vinho Verde" is listed after "Wheatgrass" and "Pear," so Jeni doesn't seem to be marketing this as having a strong wine flavor.
Although I would've liked to have tasted more vinho verde in this sorbet, I can't hold that against her for constructing this excellent treat. It gets an A.
Ryan even included a picture he took himself while traveling in Portugal:
|A photo of the beach in the Algarve region of Portugal - the nation of vinho verde's origin.|
Where Ryan J Found It: http://shop.jenis.com/
Ryan J's Grade: A