“I’m a simple dude,” says St. Louis chef Kevin Nashan.

By F&W Editors
Updated: May 23, 2017

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MAURA MCEVOY

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“I’m a simple dude,” says St. Louis chef Kevin Nashan. “On a hot summer day, I want a glass of Vinho Verde. It’s a cheap Portuguese wine whose name means ‘green wine.’ It’s got a little effervescence. It’s absolutely delicious. You want to hug someone afterward.”

The tart white wine is affordable and relatively low in alcohol, which makes it perfect for day drinking at a Labor Day cookout. It’s also incredibly delicious in a refreshing punch.

Here, four Vinho Verdes to pick up now.

2012 Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas Alvarinho ($17) The complex, single-vineyard bottle is an example of a higher-end Vinho Verde.

2012 Anselmo Mendes Contacto ($21) Spicy and layered with flavor, this wine is lusher than its citrusy brethren.

2013 Quinta da Aveleda ($8) Zesty, light and packed with grapefruit, this ultra-affordable bottle is a perfect pairing for grilled seafood.

2012 Vidigal Vinho Verde ($7) This zippy wine is lightly floral and refreshing on its own or with light hors d’oeuvres.

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