If you’ve ever enjoyed a refreshing glass of Vinho Verde, you know the wine’s fruity aromas and light, crisp, vivacious flavors are ideal for summer. With that in mind, the Vinho Verde Regional Viticultural Commission (CVRVV) of Portugal introduces June’s Passport to Vinho Verde.

From June 1st – 30th, top restaurants in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago will celebrate the food-friendly nature of Vinho Verde by offering special pairing menus, dinners, and by-the-glass selections. Plus, participating local wine shops will host in-store Vinho Verde tastings and offer selections of Vinho Verde at specially marked prices. 

In addition to the multitude of ways you can enjoy Vinho Verde this summer, you can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the Vinho Verde wine region! Just text the word “VINHO” to a secret number listed on special “Passport to Vinho Verde” postcards found at participating restaurants and retailers. You can also visit www.winesofvinhoverde.com/sweepstakes to enter.

Vinho Verde is a wine region in Northwest Portugal that focuses on native grape varietals like Alvarinho, Avesso, Azal, Arinto, Lourerio and Trajadura. Wines from Vinho Verde have balanced acidity and are light in alcohol and calorie content, making them enjoyable on their own or when paired with a fresh summer dish. A low-alcohol wine with a balanced acidity, Vinho Verde offers some of the best value wine on the market today. They are known for their distinctly crisp, light and refreshing qualities.

For a complete list of participating Passport to Vinho Verde restaurants and wine shops, please visit www.winesofvinhoverde.com/passport-to-vinho-verde.

*No purchase necessary. Open to residents of NY & IL who are 21 and older. Contest ends 6/30/12. Void where prohibited. Additional Restrictions apply. See official rules here.