Vinho Verde is not a grape variety, but rather a DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) for wine – basically a quality assurance that a wine came from a specific region. In this case, Vinho Verde is Portuguese. The name means “green wine,” but the more accurate translation is “young wine”. These wines are meant to be consumed young. Most typically they are white, but can also come in red or rosé. They have a slight effervescence, created by adding light carbonation during bottling.
I opened this wine expecting another hot day, but the weather cooled down this afternoon. It was still a great wine; light and crisp with a lot of citrus and lemongrass flavor! A wonderful summer sipper with an excellent price point (I think I spent $7.99). Maybe it will heat up again soon so I can enjoy this out on the deck…
It would also be great for wine spritzers with citrus vodka, ice and lime juice (more on those in another post).
Happy Monday Everybody!