Espiral Vinho Verde
This is one of my absolute favorite summer wines. So of course, an 85 degree day in April is the perfect time to drink it and pretend that it already is summer. It is such a refreshing wine – a little bit sparkly and a tiny bit of tartness makes me feel like this wine does a little tap dance with my taste buds. It’s the perfect wine to serve with some seafood – we had it with this Peppery Pasta with Shrimp and Arugula. It also makes a great appetizer wine to complement some fruit and cheese, although I’m quite certain you’d want to continue drinking it straight through dinner. It’s not particularly sweet, but it certainly doesn’t have the face puckering qualities of a dry wine.
The literal translation of Vinho Verde is green wine, but in this case it is a referring to a very young wine. Vinho Verdes are Portuguese wines and are meant to be consumed within one year of bottling. I’ve started seeing them on more and more restaurant menus lately, including two of my very favorite restaurants in Winston. It’s one of my favorite wines to get when I’m just meeting friends out for happy hour drinks and I have to say it pairs perfectly with people watching and gossiping from a sidewalk table.
Wine Name: Espiral Vinho Verde
Grape: White, Vinho Verde
Price: $3.99 at Trader Joe’s (I know! I said I’d do grocery store wines… I promise to pick up some Vinho’s at a grocery store + review them. This one was just calling my name!)
General impression: slightly sparkling, tart, apple
Recommendations: a summer wine, serve with seafood, serve as appetizer
Would you buy again? YES!