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Go Green: A St. Patty's Day exploration of green wine

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St. Patty's celebrations have already hit major cities, but as this event approaches on Monday, I began to think- what exactly is green wine. I am not talking about the green wine movement, or green wine techniques, but rather about Vinho Verde, a typically Portuguese wine found all over the world.

Vinho Verde (Green Wine) in Portugal is a light white or light red wine which is drank all year long. This wine has a history of being known as "Young Wine", hence the phrase being "green". Young wine refers to wine which is not matured for years in barrels, or consumed after years of fermentation. Rather it's a lightly developed, and fresh to the taste. In the US we mostly love deeply oaked wines, but around the world, wines were made and drank at the dinner table daily, and many of these so-called "table wines" were quickly made, and consumed within a year of bottling. These wines usually maintain a bit more of the fruity flavors, but are easy drinking and well-priced.

If you are looking for a spot of Vinho Verde for a Monday treat, try the varieties at Trader Joe's or your local grocery store, as they will not disappoint in taste or price.

Happy St. Patty's Day! Cheers!

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