Wine of the week

Wine of the week (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)

Vinho Verde is a crisp, slightly prickly white wine from Portugal meant to be drunk young and chilled on a summer day. Its lively acidity and scent of pears and wildflowers make it especially refreshing in the heat. Made from a blend of loureiro, trajadura and pederna grapes, it's wonderful with a fish soup, a bowl of steamed mussels or some grilled yellowtail.

-- S. Irene Virbila

Region: Minho, Portugal

Price: About $10

Style: Crisp and slightly prickly

Food it goes with: Bean and tuna salad, steamed mussels, grilled yellowtail

Where you find it: Colorado Wine Co. in Eagle Rock, (323) 478-1985, cowineco.com; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines.com; Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese in Los Angeles, (323) 856-8699; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, www.missionwines.com; Rosso Wine Shop in Glendale, (818) 330-9130, www.rossowineshop.com; and Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, www.silverlakewine.com.