THE Wine for the Dog Days

August 25, 2010 | By | Comments (1)

8_25_VinhoFrostedGlass Despite the fact that college football starts in about a
week (my harbinger of fall), it is definitely still summer. Here, temperatures
swelter in the upper 90s most days. Add to that 98% humidity, and the air feels
so thick and muggy you almost have to swim through it. (Seriously, I’ve made
breaststroke gestures when walking outside, and bystanders simply nod in

normally, I’m a 100% bourbon girl (and I’ve found some ways to summerize my
beloved drink), but I’ve recently switched to the perfect sipper for these hot
days: vinho verde wine. Translated as “green wine,” vinho verde wines come from
and they’re made to be enjoyed young (hence the “green” moniker). Bonus: That
means they’re quite inexpensive.

I’ve never been a white wine person (see
above, bourbon love), but I absolutely adore this wine. It’s spritzy, crisp,
tangy, juicy, and fresh, with a hint of effervescence. You can even find vinho
verde rosé, which has all of these characteristics plus the most delicate whiff
of strawberry—yum! While you can certainly drink it with food, you don’t have
to. It’s a lovely casual, social wine—meaning it’s ideal for long, lingering
conversations with friends. This has become my go-to beverage this summer, and
I’ve introduced lots of my friends and family to it, toting along a bottle to
every get-together I attend. And everyone who tries it is a convert. It’s the
perfect antidote to a steamy summer day or one of those too-hot evenings that
defies logic.

8_25BottleLIneup If you want
to serve it with food, by all means do. It’s delicious with most
seafood—especially if you have access to good, cold-water raw oysters. You can
also try it with our Avocado-Buttermilk Soup with Crab Salad, or make a light
lunch of vinho verde and our Golden Corn Salad with Fresh Basil.


  1. Melissa

    I love vinho verde!! Casal Garcia is my favorite (in the picture with the blue label).

    August 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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