The first impression is zesty acidity followed by a fruity finish. The acidity does a fine job of making this seem drier than its statistics might suggest, so don’t obsess. Refreshing, pure and charming, this lively Branco is a perfect warm-weather sipper that is rather delicious. Chill it down and you’ll be happy.

Sushi. It’s everywhere nowadays. In the food courts, grocery stores and mall kiosks. So you don’t have an excuse not to grab a container or two for dinner (one is never enough for a proper meal). Take it home, plate it up and enjoy each nori-bundled bite with this tight Alvarino blend from Portugal. Bracingly dry and racy, this wash of licksmacking lime scored with grapefruit, lemon oil, white …

Very crisp, fresh green apple and citrus flavors wake up your nose and palate thanks to the Arinto and Alvarinho grapes grown close to the Douro River deep in Vinho Verde country. Light, lively and refreshing as a spring day.

Made with Avesso, Alvarinho and Arinto. Good balance between the three grape varieties with a fine and delicate fruit. Very good in the palate, round and fine-tuned, it allows for a good tasting and a prolonged finish. Well suited for the table with delicate fish dishes.

Slightly mouth-puckering on opening, this seems fresh and refreshing, a great summer quaffer, light on its feet, but nicely persistent. As it warms, it becomes rather tasty as well. This is pretty nice. As I tend to say with wines like this, drink it as young and fresh as possible for best results, as it may not hold so long at peak, however long it theoretically holds. Mark Squires, August, 2013