Perfect Pairing with Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde has been in the spotlight recently and I see why. It's a great buy and perfect to enjoy during the hot summer months. As NY Times describes it "cheap and cheerful", I went on the hunt to find a great Vinho Verde and a nice dinner pairing.

Vinho Verde has a crisp, refreshing character and some even have those green notes similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (another favorite warm weather wine). Gaining a lot of popularity in the American market, Vinho Verdes are a fantastic buy ranging in prices from only $4 to around $12. Up there with rosé, this is becoming a go-to patio wine for the remainder of this super hot, muggy DC summer.

I came across this Portuguese Vinho Verde at only $8.99 (!) and paired it with cedar plank salmon and asparagus. Casa de Vila Verde is a single estate wine in the sub region of Sousa described as dry and fresh with citric fruit acid and a crisp finish. Talk about a great summer dish and wine; easy, palate pleasing and budget-friendly.

Cedar Plank Salmon is by far one of the easiest ways to prepare fresh salmon. All you need is cedar planks, salt, pepper and some lemon juice. Place the filets on the planks on the upper rack in a heated grill for 12-15 minutes. Use the rest of the lemon on the asparagus and roast in the oven until tender. Dinner is ready in about 20 minutes!

This dry, minerally wine is a great compliment to the flaky tender salmon. The crisp finish cleanses the palate after every bite, with the desire to take another forkful and sip. and repeat

Have yet to experience Vinho Verde? Find a bottle at your local wine shop, enjoy it with food or on its own. You will not be disappointed, nor will your wallet!