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Wine of the Week: 2010 Trajarinho Vinho Verde

In Porto, I remember eating sardines grilled outside a little restaurant near the sea accompanied by gulps of chilled

vinho verde

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. It's easier to find the wine here now, and this bottling is well worth seeking out. Look for the characteristic tall slope-shouldered shape and the distinctive Trajarinho label.

Pour a glass: It tastes alive. It's similar to

Spain's

Txakoli, only the grapes get more sun in

Portugal

, so you have not only that bracing snap of acidity but also beautiful ripe fruit.

Enjoy it with grilled sardines or any grilled fish. It's ideal for tapas, bruschetta, smoked fish and sushi too.

Region:

Portugal

Price:

About $11

Style:

Dry and crisp

What it goes with:

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Grilled fish, tapas, bruschetta, sushi

Where to find it:

Colorado Wine Co. in Eagle Rock, (323) 478-1985, cowineco.com; Domaine LA in Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, domaine547.com; Elvino Wines in Venice, (310) 396-9705,

; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,

; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024,

; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.

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