Espiral Vinho Verde

34100Trader Joe’s Espiral Vinho Verde is the everyday white wine of Portugal. A Portuguese winemaker once told me that people in Portugal drink Vinho Verde to accompany breakfast ,lunch and dinner, when they go out on the town for the night the last thing they want is wine, but with a meal it is Vinho Verde. Vinho Verde is slightly effervescent, with very good acidity and a nice mineral edge and low alcohol content, just the thing to drink at lunch (or breakfast) and still be able to function for the rest of the day. The alcohol content is 9%.

The color is pale wheat yellow with a green tint around the edge. The nose is tangerine, lemon and grapefruit, light and fresh.  There is a very 7-UP/Sierra Mist quality to the wine (though with none of the 7-UP sweetness), maybe it is the carbonation along with the citrus flavors. The main difference is the minerality that comes in on the mid-palate, it is the sensation of licking a piece of slate. There is a good deal of palate cleansing acidity and a decent citrus finish.

There are very few $3.99 wines that will accompany food as well as the Espiral Vinho Verde does. An added bonus is that there may be no better wine to drink on a hot summers day, on a 90 degree day a chilled bottle of Vinho Verde is the wine equivalent of a tall cool glass of lemonade. Vinho Verde is meant to drink young (it will not age well, so drink up) and is never very expensive. At less than 4 bucks a bottle, there is no reason not to have a couple of bottles lying around, just in case


  1. Bill Andersoot says

    Thanks for this informed review. I’ve read so many clueless reviews from well-meaning folks who have NO clue what a vinho verde should taste like. It’s nice to read a review from someone who actually understands the wine.

  2. Antonio L. Guimaraes says

    Tenho vindo a consumir este vinho, mas desde que a rolha de cortica, tao caracteristica neste tipo de vinho foi substituida por “capsula”, vou deixar de o consumir, pois faz-me lembrar os vinhos baratos que se vendiam em Portugal, nos anos 50. Pelo meu apelido ja devem ter notado que CONHECO BEM a Regiao dos Vinhos Verdes, que sempre apreciei. Meu avos paternos e meu pai, faziam vinho verde de uvas que cultivavam numa pequena quintinha, perto de Guimaraes, Freguesia de Brito. Assim com este tipo de engarrafamento, por “capsula”, penso que nao sou so que eu vou deixar de consumir este vinho. Espanha exporta o seu “Alvarinho”, mas conserva o engarrafamento, devido a um vinho e Portugal como primeiro exportador de cortica, no Mundo, deve conservar este metodo.

    Antonio L. Guimaraes

  3. says

    Hi António, Could I have your e-mail ? I’ll be glad to give you some figures and an explanation regarding the stoppers. Indeed you are right, many clients are asking for a screw cap instead of cork. Best Regards, Manuel Pinheiro

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