Wine Find: Praia Vinho Verde
It's rare to find a vinho verde that isn't delightful, but this is one of the best of the breed.
Portuguese wine Praia, Vinho Verde. (Credit: handout art from Kysela Pere et, Baltimore Sun / April 18, 2012)
Serve with: Light seafood, by itself
It's rare to find a vinho verde – the famously light and refreshing "green" white wine of Portugal – that isn't delightful, but this is one of the best of the breed. And there's no better time to quaff these wines than in the spring and summer. This version is lightly effervescent, with a lively acidity that wakes up the palate. It combines lime and peach flavors with a whiff of sea breeze. Somehow it manages to be both ethereal and penetrating. The ultimate picnic wine? Perhaps. It begs to be drunk outdoors.