If you’re heading to an outdoor event this weekend – and who isn’t? – the perfect take-along wine that pairs well with everything is a Portuguese Vinho Verde. The literal translation is “green wine,” but it’s named after the region in Northern Portugal where the grapes it’s made from are grown. Vinho Verde is renowned for its refreshing acidity, slight carbonation, and low alcohol (around 9%). Another bonus? Vinho Verde is very affordable. Grab a couple of different ones and see which you like best. Serve the wine nice and cold. And keep some in the fridge. They will be your go-to dog days of summer wine.

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