Move aside sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio, there’s a new wine in town for the summer. I discovered vinho verde while I was traveling in Portugal this past Spring, and the second I returned home I immediately stocked my wine rack with enough bottles to get me through the summer.
Vinho verde is a deliciously light Portuguese wine that is harvested young, giving the wine a very fresh and crisp flavor that is perfect during dog days of summer. Vinho verde wines also offer a slight effervesce, adding a refreshing sparkle to your summer sipping.
The best part of adding this wine to your summer repertoire? It’s cheap. You can find some amazing bottles of vinho verde under $10. I’ve found that World Market carries a decent selection of the wine, and I’ve also been able to find it in other specialty wine shops across the country.
When shopping for vinho verde, here’s a little tip you want to keep in mind. Vinho verde doesn’t necessarily mean “green” as in the color, but “green” as in the age. The wine is meant to drank young, and most bottles now include a bottling date so you can select the freshest one.
Vinho verde is delightful for drinking on its own, but it also pairs well food. Whether you’re packing a simple summer picnic or serving a four course meal, vinho verde is very versatile. Boasting miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, fresh seafood is a staple of Portuguese diets, and vinho verde is the perfect complement to any seafood dish. Looking to nosh on a little snack while sipping? Try the Citrus Ginger BellaVitano cheese by Sartori, which you can find featured in this post.