kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits & lifestyle writer / wine educator

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A little bit of fizz...

I love fully sparkling wines, (including Champagne, of course). But I also like refreshing white wines with just a bit of fizz. One of my favorite value white wines that fits into this category is Vinho Verde from Portugal. The name means "green wine," and it's fresh, fizzy and fun. It's also low in alcohol, which makes it cool and refreshing. Winemakers pumped it up with a little bit of Carbon Dioxide, so it has just the smallest hint of effervescence.

My favorite thing about Vinho Verde? Trader Joe's sells it for $3.99--a great choice for a spring or summer weeknight evening when you just don't want to break open an expensive bottle. Look for Vinho Verde in a tall, green glass bottle., and keep a few bottles around to use as your house wine.