Spirt of Philadelphia First Friday 2017 Leaderboard

If Green Beer Isn't for You, Opt for Vinho Verde Instead

by Melissa Auman Greiner on Mar 13, 2015 in Wine
If Green Beer Isn't for You, Opt for Vinho Verde Instead

Everything is green. And yes, spring is certainly in the air, but that’s not what we mean. The green T-shirts, green beads and green plastic bowler hats adorned with glittery shamrocks are, of course, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday revolving around unusual attire choices and the consumption of — you guessed it — green beverages. But while many a celebrator has a mug of food coloring-spiked beer in hand, we’d like to suggest a different but still appropriately hued option: Vinho Verde.

Translated verbatum as “green wine,” it seems to fit the bill for the holiday. It’s bright, it’s fresh, it’s a little feisty. And it’s even a pale green color. It’s sort of like a little spirited leprechaun in a glass.

Perhaps we're reaching, but it’s certainly a drink worth considering. Vinho verde hails from Portugal and arrives in stores just as the St. Patrick's celebrations begin. Bottles are meant to be drunk within a year — the wine is aged for a very short time (harvest is in the fall) which translates into a short shelf-life. The youth of the wine paired with the grape varietals used — most popularly Alvarinho and Loureiro — create an acidic, light and almost bubbly brew. 

Fans of sauvignon blanc or brighter pinot grigio will take to this spring treat easily since it has the same sharpness and tropical appeal. Enjoy it with seafood, fresh seasonal veggies or as the case may be, a corned beef sammy and the strains of “Finnegan’s Wake.”

Have we piqued your interest? Even if you are still at “maybe,” give it a go. With bottles starting at just $5 (We grabbed a respectable bottle last week for $12), it’s an affordable experiment to enjoy in our current warm weather. Slainte!

Photo via Flickr


Tags: Holiday, Wine
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Get Your Tickets to Philly Beer Week's Opening Tap, June 1

Get Your Tickets to Philly Beer Week's Opening Tap, June 1

Philly Beer Week will be here before you know it, so get this busy week started the right way at Opening Tap 2017 at the Fillmore on Thursday, June 1 ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 26, 2017
Philly Beer Week is Back for its 10th Year, June 2-11

Philly Beer Week is Back for its 10th Year, June 2-11

Philly Loves Beer is bringing back Philly Beer Week for its tenth anniversary from Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 11....read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 26, 2017
SPONSORED
Skybrunch Rectanlge Ad
The Flavors on the Avenue Street Festival Returns to East Passyunk, April 30

The Flavors on the Avenue Street Festival Returns to East Passyunk, April 30

The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District is hosting Flavors on the Avenue, a huge street festiva...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Apr 26, 2017
The 2017 PHS Pop Up Beer Garden Locations Have Been Announced

The 2017 PHS Pop Up Beer Garden Locations Have Been Announced

This week, it was announced that the 2017 PHS Pop Up Beer Gardens will be located at 15th and South Streets (the flagship) and uCity Square on 36th an...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Apr 26, 2017
South Dakota Man Arrested for Running Into Burning Building to Save His Beer

South Dakota Man Arrested for Running Into Burning Building to Save His Beer

The Sioux Falls, S.D. police department say they arrested a 56 year old man on Sunday for running into a burni...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Apr 26, 2017
Finally, A 10-Pound Moscow Mule Exists in New York City

Finally, A 10-Pound Moscow Mule Exists in New York City

Dream Hotels in New York City is finally appealing to a cross-section of society that has been severely underrepresented lately: those who love Moscow...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Apr 25, 2017
Drink & Dine Like Salvador Dali at Le Cheri, April 26-28 & April 30

Drink & Dine Like Salvador Dali at Le Cheri, April 26-28 & April 30

Head to Rittenhouse's Le Cheri for two different Salvador Dali inspired events, including a cocktail takeover ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 25, 2017
Don't Miss the 12th Year of Marc Vetri's Star-Studded Great Chefs Event, June 20

Don't Miss the 12th Year of Marc Vetri's Star-Studded Great Chefs Event, June 20

Marc Vetri's Great Chefs event will be back for its 12th year on Tuesday, June 20 from 6 PM - 9 PM at the Urba...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 25, 2017
Where to Drink During the 2017 NFL Draft  in Philadelphia

Where to Drink During the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia

The 82nd NFL Draft Experience is coming to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29, and the NFL is pulling out all...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Apr 24, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close