Your Perfect Holiday Wine! And it’s Cheap!
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?
Later you find out that not only is this person fun, beautiful and witty with exquisite wine taste, she also has like nine kids and a big career? People will look at you with the same adoration. All you have to do is buy a bottle or three of Vinho Verde.
Put down the chardonnay and set aside the Sauvignon Blanc. I want to introduce you to your new holiday wine, a Vinho Verde.
Vinho Verde is dry and citrusy with a bit of effervescence, which will balance all the rich food you’ll likely be eating during the holidays like pecan pie.
Why Choose Vinho Verde
- It really is delicious and life is too short for bad wine.
- You’ll impress your guests or hosts
- You’ll get great value. Most Vinho Verdes cost well under $12 but taste like a much more expensive bottle.
- Vinho Verde has a low alcohol content so you can probably start drinking at breakfast without any repercussions.
Go to your wine shop and ask what they have for Vinho Verde. Or peruse the white wine aisles at your grocery store. Vinho Verde bottles are often green and have long necks.
Vinho Verde Tasting Tips
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.
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 fall and winter holidays, 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.
What are you serving during the holidays?