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Getting to know wines: Vinho Verde

by Jeff Flynt

The recent warm-up has me thinking about what wines could help keep me cool, yet tantalize my taste buds.

If you're in northeast Wisconsin, you most often can be encouraged to go green.

Since football season is still a few months away, you can still "go green" by opening a bottle of Vinho Verde.

It literally means "green wine" in Portuguese. That's the region of Portugal, but the wine itself features the grape Albariño (or sometimes spelled Alvarinho).

Not only does Portugal produce this wine, but it's also the most popular wine from the Rías Baixas region of Spain.

The Alvarinho grape is known for its perfumed floral qualities and peach/apricot and sweet citrus notes that resemble Viognier. Its vibrant acidity and minerality are similar to Riesling. 

The properties of Vinho Verde make it an ideal pair with raw shellfish or seafood. Sushi would also work.

You can learn more about Vinho Verde here.

So the next time you're looking for a cool white that's priced right, give Vinho Verde a shot.