Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hot Wines in Hot Weather with Hot Food

These days we're eating salads and chilled soups, grilling out, occasionally barely eating at all.  Record temperatures all over the U.S. have people shaking their heads in disbelief.  What's a hot and bothered wine lover to do?  Leave the country.  Figuratively.  Try some of the crisp, tangy white wine from Portugal, Vinho Verde. There are many different brands to choose from and all are very affordable.  Think of it as adult lemonade. 
The lacy blue label of Aveleda's Casal Garcia is one that you'll find in many groceries and wine stores.   Their Vinho Verde pairs beautifully with those chilled summer meals.  It's a blend of the uniquely Portugese grapes Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto and Azal.  Aromas are delicate citrus and white flowers.  It has crystalline acidity and freshness. 

A recent pairing matched it with lettuce wraps - probably the best possible use of iceberg lettuce, a quick stir-fry, Sriracha and a soy-ginger-sesame marinade. It's cool, crunchy food you roll up and eat with your hands while drinking adult lemonade. Summer redeemed. 

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