The long, hot days of summer call for a nice cold one—a glass of white wine, that is. Lucky for you, Passport to Vinho Verde—a celebration of wines from this region in northern Portugal, is back, this year lasting the entire month of June.
Pronounced veeng-yo vaird, the Verde refers to it being a young wine, released three to six months after harvest. As a result, these wines are known for their vibrant fruit, low alcohol and refreshing qualities—everything you want in a summer wine. And it doesn’t hurt that these light, crisp flavors make them one of the most versatile partners with food.
You can taste Vinho Verde wines for yourself from June 1 to 30, where they will be featured in specials at dozens of restaurants throughout the New York City area for the Passport to Vinho Verde celebration. Or stop by a participating wine shop for special tastings and pick up a bottle on your way to an outdoor barbecue or rooftop gathering.
If you like what you taste—and you will—you’ll definitely want to enter the Passport to Vinho Verde sweepstakes*, where you’ll have a chance to win a trip to the region in the Iberian Peninsula and visit the vineyards where these varietals have grown for more than 2,000 years. Simply text “VINHO” to 88704 or visit winesofvinhoverde.com/sweepstakes to enter.
*Open to residents of NY & IL who are 21 and older. Contest ends 6/30/12. Void where prohibited. Additional Restrictions apply. See rules online.
Whether you’re looking for a craft cocktail, raw bar or backyard garden, the Smoking Monkey in Clinton Hill has you covered. Cocktails like The Other 75 with cognac, lemon juice and champagne and the El Clasico with mezcal, cointreau, muddled orange and pickled vegetables (both $14) riff on the classics. The bar also offers a selection of craft beer and wines. Need something to eat? The cheese and charcuterie platter ($20) would satisfy a small group, but larger parties might want to order a massive seafood platter piled high with lobster, assorted oysters, clams and shrimp ($112). The crab cake sliders ($9), baby octopus with potatoes ($9) or the house burger with sauteed red onions, tomato, bacon and cremini and shiitake mushrooms ($14) might also hit the spot. Just make sure to save room for the chocolate cake with rum-spiked whipped cream ($8).
Venue says: “Our backyard just opened! Join us for happy hour and enjoy $1.25 oysters and clams from 4pm-7pm everyday of the week.”