The warmest days of summer are here. In the market currently are white wines from Portugal that are light bodied, crisp, fruity, low in alcohol and cheap.
These wines are meant to be kept in the ice of coolers; to be enjoyed on porches, decks or under shade trees during these summer months.
They are Vinho Verde . . .
Vinho Verde basics --
-- Vinho Verde is pronounced veen-yo vaird.
-- Vinho Verde is not the wine grape varietal, it is the wine region in Portugal producing the wine.
-- Vinho Verde wines are made from the combination of carefully selected varietals including Alvarinho, Avesso, Azal, Arinto, Loureiro, and Trajadura.
-- The name literally means "green wine," but translates as "young wine".
-- The Vinho Verde region has produced wine for over 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest wine regions in Portugal.
-- The wines of Vinho Verde are known for their bright fruit, low alcohol and refreshing qualities — ideal for pairing with salads, seafood and Asian dishes, and can be served alone or as an aperitif.
-- Vinho Verde is Portugal’s largest wine region, with 19,000 grape growers farming over 51,000 acres of vineyards. 85 million liters of Vinho Verde is produced each year, of which 86% is white wine. The region also produces smaller amounts of red, rosé and sparkling wine as well as brandy.
-- Vinho Verde is Portugal’s northernmost wine producing region. It’s located on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula in northern Portugal. With its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Vinho Verde region resemble Seattle in appearance with its lush, green landscape and temperature climate.
Vinho Verde is a true “porch sipper” or “porch pounder”. It’s meant to be drunk young and not meant to age. It is not complex, but is truly refreshing. . . and isn’t that what we want sometimes on those hot summer days??