by Sarah Shotwell  

Patio Pairings_blogVermentino: Vermentino is a white wine grown primarily on the Mediterranean, especially in Sardinia — a rugged, old-world island off the coast of southern Italy, where it is produced in a light, unoaked style. Dubbed “the most underrated wine in Europe,” Vermentino can often be found at a stunning value. If you can get your hands on a Sardinian Vermentino this summer, pair it like they do in southern Italy: with spicy shellfish, young pecorino cheese, or prosciutto-wrapped melon.

Grüner Vetliner: Grüner is a famed white wine grown mostly in central and eastern Europe. Similar to Riesling and Austrian in origin, this light, fruity wine has a compelling touch of spice and honey. Order Grüner to pair with grilled vegetables, herby salads, and fresh cheeses like goat cheese or burrata.

Albariño: With a floral bouquet and a palate lush with citrus and stone fruit, Albariño is a delicious, refreshing, aromatic white wine perfect for the patio. Hailing from Spain, it’s an ideal pairing for summer seafood dishes. Enjoy Albariño with steamed mussels, citrusy grilled shrimp, or halibut.

Vinho Verde: This eccentric Portuguese offering is growing in popularity stateside! Translated as Green Wine, Vinho Verde is young, crisp, and citrusy with a bit of spritz to it. Unexpected bonus: at 9-10%, the very low alcohol content makes it perfect for afternoon sipping! Pair it with street tacos, a light seafood salad, or fruit.