What could be better at the height of summer than something crisp, white and ever so slightly frizzante? And better still, typically at only 10-11.5% alcohol, you can down it by the gallon. That's about as far as Vinho Verde's image stretches for many of its fans. But there is more.
There are no established rules for pairing wine with southern fare, since our founding influences are British and African and beer is much more commonly consumed.
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.