The first bottle Melone recommends is a 2010 Vinho Verde by Ouro Verde.
Melone says, " It is a light refreshing wine that comes from the Minho wine region of Northern Portugal. The name Vinho Verde literally means 'green wine,' not for the color of the wine, but that it is intended to be drank at a young age, generally within its first year."
The Ouro Verde 2010 Vinho Verde is a very pale color in the glass, with an appearance so light, that it almost resembles water.
On the nose are aromas of citrus, particularly lemon zest.
In the mouth the citrus is definitely present, with hints of minerality as well.
This is a typical Vinho Verde, with the effervescence that one expects, a low level of alcohol, and is very light and easy to drink.
This is an inexpensive, nice drinking Vinho Verde, one to search out, and one that my Portuguese wife thoroughly enjoys.
The second bottle Melone recommends is Oak Leaf Vineyards Pinot Grigio.
Oak Leaf Vineyards is based out of San Francisco, California, and their wines are only available at Walmart stores.
This is an inexpensive, everyday wine that has made a huge splash on the market, especially when people are looking for affordable wines to purchase.
The third and last bottle Melone recommends is Crane Lake Petite Sirah.
Bronco Wine Company is the fourth largest wine producer in the United States, and was founded by Fred Franzia, nephew of the wine legend Ernest Gallo.