The Summer Breeze in Wine: Vinho Verde!

15 Jun

One of my favorite wines that is still WAY under the radar is Vinho Verde. One of Portugal’s lesser-known exports, this is a fresh, crisp wine (often with a little carbonation) that is delicious, perfect to cleanse the palate or enjoy at a cocktail party, and is super inexpensive. Best yet, unlike my other under-the-radar favorites, this one is easy to find in most stores.

Today’s vinho verde is Alianca , a delicate ‘vinho branco’ (or white wine) blend from Northeastern Portugal that is 10% alcohol by volume. With a classic greenish-yellow tinge in color, the citrus nose sits between lime and grapefruit. This one is gently fizzy, with good, crisp acidity on the mouth and a dry, balanced palate of lemongrass, citrus, granny smith apple and young anjou pear.



I pulled this out of my fridge at the last minute for a neighbor’s backyard get-together. My hope of using this to introduce several friends to vinho verde went over well, and it was quite popular, and perfect like a summer breeze.

Here’s the real kicker- I found it locally (Mayfair Wines & Liquor for those in my area of NYC) and it was $7/bottle. Seven bucks. Against my favorite $30+ Sauvignon Blanc, this is the one that everyone wanted more of at the cocktail party.

I suggest you find a local wine store, ask for a vinho verde, and try it with unsuspecting friends! See what they think- you might surprise them, with something new they’ll thank you for!

à votre santé!





4 Responses to “The Summer Breeze in Wine: Vinho Verde!”

  1. the winegetter June 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I seriously have yet to find anyone who did not like vinho verde. It is just the perfect thing for summer, and the low alcohol helps, too…not to mention the price point. 100% with you!


    • Jim vanBergen June 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Agreed! When will more Americans start trying this? (And that’s when it rockets up to $10/bottle.) Vinho Verde and Rioja, two of the last remaining great deals in wine in the USA. Cheers!


      • the winegetter June 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

        True. Not many real deals left over here. Although the Portuguese reds also fall into that category… Cheers!



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