This was one of my earliest posts on this site. At that time (July '04), I think the only readers of basicJuice were me and my mom (who doesn't even drink wine - it was just out of luv; awww). Since approximately two people read this post, I thought it deserved a re-airing (with a few edits):
'Green Wine,' known as Vinho verde is a unique Portuguese wine. It comes from Portugal's Northwest. A straightforward example is Quinta da Aveleda's Vinho Verde.
No, the wine isn't green. It's referred to as green (verde) because it
is a young wine - as in green, not-quite-ripe fruit. Of course, this is
a simple wine. But
on a day like today with the thermometer shimmering
at 96F when you're exhausted after a long day, it hits the spot.
This wine has some residual sugar, but it also has enough acid to
overcome any weighty sweetness. It pairs well with pears, multigrain
bread, walnuts, or Gorgonzola. Vinho Verde also has a little spritz (what the French more elegantly refer to as petillance) in the
bottle; no doubt from some residual fermentation. This makes it even
on a hot summer day to a tired mouth.
Give it a try. While you're at it, check out Quinta da Aveleda's site; the wine descriptions are great.