The calendar says its early June but the temperature feels more like the end of July or early August. These are tough days for drinking bold red wines (I’m sweating just thinking about it) or even oaky Chardonnays. It is time for something light, crisp, and refreshing.

Many of you are probably thinking Pinot Grigio which would be a good guess, but actually what I have in mind is a classic (albeit not quite a household name) wine from Portugal known as Vinho Verde.

The 2012 Alianca Vinho Verde, light-bodied and almost colorless, is the perfect quencher for a summer day. Don’t let that fool you this wine has a delightful citrusy and crisp taste. It is also effervescent which makes it extra fun to drink in this hot, humid weather.

Vinho Verde is perfect porch-sipping wine with or without food. Try it with a picnic lunch of cold chicken or crab salad with dill dressing.

Right now, you can pick up the Alianca Vinho Verde for $4.99. Come in and pick up a case or two and consider it a summer life saver.

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