Vinho Verde From Portugal Is The Cool Wine for Summer 2016

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Expanding my horizons beyond Gruener Veltliner. Intrigued by Vinho Verde except I can’t tell if it is always a sparkling wine or if it is also available as a still wine. Will report back after I’ve tried a bottle or two (it comes in White, Rose, and Red!!). The descriptions I’ve read suggest it is very minerally and crisp which I normally love – some writers have even suggested it is similar to Sancerre. I’m just a little confused by the mentions of slight fizz or petillance.

Katherine Pushkar from the Daily News reports that sales jumped 30% between 2014 and 2015 and although it is easier to find, it is also more likely to be sold out. I just checked Astor Wines and found more than half of the Vinho Verdes were out of stock.


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