Happy Thanksgiving American visitors:
Put down the chardonnay and set aside the Sauvignon Blanc. I want to introduce you to your new Thanksgiving wine, a Vinho Verde.
Vinho Verde is dry and citrusy with a bit of effervescence to counteract all the rich food you’ll likely be eating.
Have you ever gone to a party and discovered a really cool person who looks impossibly put together? She’s fun, beautiful, witty and she’s brought a bottle of wine that looks like she flew to Paris to buy? Then, later, you find out that not only is she fun, beautiful and witty with exquisite wine tongue, she also has like nine kids and a big career? People will look at you with the same adoration they look at her and all you have to do is buy a bottle or three of Vinho Verde, the perfect Thanksgiving wine.
4 Reasons to Buy a Vinho Verde
- Enjoy a delicious wine
- Impress your guests or hosts
- Save money, most Vinho Verdes cost under $12
- Vinho Verde has a low alcohol content so you can start drinking at breakfast without any repercussions, probably.
Go to your wine shop and ask for them. They are generally under $12 with some bottles as low as $4. Or look in the white wine aisles of your supermarket. You should see a cluster of Vinho Verde’s together on the shelf. The bottles are often green and often have long necks.
Vinho Verde Wine Tasting
Not all Vinho Verde are created equally. There are a few I really enjoy and a couple I don’t care for at all.
You should try several to find out what you enjoy.
For bonus points, get a few bottles of Vinho Verde produced by different vineyards for an impromptu Thanksgiving wine tasting.
Since I discovered Vinho Verde, thanks to a local wine columnist, I’ve been working my way through every one I can find. While I like it for Thanksgiving, a Vinho Verde is also a good summer wine.
My Favorite Vinho Verde
One of my favorite’s is a Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, for which I think I paid $12.
Here’s a description of the Quinta de Azevedo from the producer’s website:
Origin: Literally ‘green wine’ from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.
Taste: Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.
Tell me what you’re serving or bringing your host for Thanksgiving.