Get Your Passport to Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde  

Vinho Verde

 

With Spring in full swing, you're going to want to bust out of those Winter doldrums and grab some light and refreshing wine.  One of my favorites to start with is Vinho Verde, made in northern Portugal and meaning "green wine" or "young wine".  It is mainly made white, though rosé and red are made, and meant to be drunk within the first year after bottling.  Certain producers will also purposely make them slightly effervescent by injecting a small amount of CO2.  And it is made of local Portuguese grape varietals like Loureiro, Alvarinho, Arinto, Trajadura, Avesso and Azal.

Fortunately for Chicagoans (and folks in DC and New York) there is a chance to taste some of these refreshing wines around town through the Passport to Vinho Verde along with a chance to win a free trip to Portugal!  Here's a list of some places you can hit: