Vino, Vinho Verde!

Vinho Verde is a great summer quafer that hails from the historic Minho province in northern Portugal.  The region is now named Vinho Verde, which means green wine, but translates as young wine.  The reason, as I’m sure you can guess, is that Vinho Verde wines are meant to be drunk fresh, within a year of bottling.  

Vinho Verde’s are light and fresh with a light effervescents to them.  They are a blend of several types of grapes native to the Minho region with  fruity and floral aromas and flavor.  Vinho Verde’s have bright acidity and a low alcohol content which make them perfect for a day at the pool.

My personal favorite is from the producer Vera.  This wine is produced from vines growing in a sandy loam soil at high altitude(1,050 ft).  The cooler summer temperatures at this altitude help concentrate aromas and fruit flavors, and the soil provides a nice minerality to the finish.   The wine is a blend of 60% Arinto 30% Azal and 10% Loureiro.

 has bright citrus notes of lime and pink grapefruit on the nose and palate, complemented by a refreshing acidity, then finishes dry and crisp with a touch of minerality.  The best part is it’s a great value at only $10.99.

The next time you’re looking for a good day drinker, go outside your comfort zone and try a Vinho Verde, I’m sure you will agree it’s great.  

Happy Drinking,


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