Offering just the tiniest tickle, this has less fizz than most Vinho Verdes. It is vibrantly acidic, with light flavors of fresh peaches and lemons. Pears make an appearance on the finish. Alcohol is moderate, at 11.5%. Like all the better wines of its class, this is bottled summertime, the perfect sipper when the mercury is north of 90ºF and the kids are old enough to play on their own. Drink with sunshine by the side of the pool. Recommended.

WHO: Casa de Vila Verde
WHAT: White blend
WHEN: 2009
WHERE: Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal
HOW MUCH: $11 (Media sample)

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