WTF is Vinho Verde?

King Family Vineyards just released Verde. From the moment I tasted it, I knew it would be a summertime superstar. It’s lower in alcohol than a typical glass of wine, which means I can drink more of it–automatic win! It’s also spritzy and refreshing–a true crowd pleaser. King Family’s Verde is based off of traditional Vinho Verde from Portugal. As the weather starts heating up, look at Vinho Verde as a budget-friendly but delicious option to help cool you down.

One thing to note is that Vinho Verde is actually a wine region in Portugal. The name comes from its rolling hills and the region is located in Northern Portugal, below the Spanish border. Extending to the Atlantic Ocean and comprised of nine sub-regions, the area is large and in charge.

Traditional Vinho Verde is typically a blend of six grapes: Alvarinho, Arinto, Azal, Avesso, Loureiro, and Trajadura. When you first take a sip, you’ll notice a nice acidic, fruit-forward wine with a subtle effervescence. Unlike your summertime sangria though, Vinho Verde typically is going to be a dry white wine. Occasionally, you may find a red Vinho Verde, though this will be fairly rare.

Originally, the spritz of a Vinho Verde came from a natural short fermentation process, though now you’ll find it to be artificially added. It’s nothing crazy–just a quick addition of carbon dioxide. If you’re craving the acidic fruitiness of a Vinho Verde without the spritz, you have options! There are plenty on the shelves that won’t have any of that CO2 added.

However, if you’re looking for one of my top reasons to shop for a Vinho Verde, it’s got to be the price. Portuguese wines are incredible values for the price. A decent Vinho Verde should only run you about $10. Want to fancy it up and go for a single-varietal or specialty Vinho Verde? You’re still looking at under $20. This wine is meant for day drinking, casual, fabulous good times. You aren’t going to cellar it for a special occasion.

With that being said… Springtime and warmer weather have arrived! Whip out that Vinho Verde and have yourself a day.

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