Trader 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