A healthy wine for healthful resolutions

Now that we’re a few weeks into the new year, you may be in one of two groups: You’ve done a great job of sticking to your resolutions, or you’ve already thrown them out the window.

We hope the former applies to you, and not the latter — especially if you resolved to drink better wine this year — but if you find yourself already abandoning your pledge to eat healthier and drink less, our wine recommendation and Ann Vogel’s healthy recipes for the new year will hopefully get you back on track.

Vogel suggests two dishes that are loaded with veggies and colorful super foods — and recipes that can be easily tweaked to keep them interesting time and time again. They are fresh and quick to make.

The wine we’re recommending for this dish is also fresh, easy to find and it might fit into a third resolution category — it’s affordable.

Vinho Verde is one of our favorite wines for salad. It’s a light, bright, low-cal white wine with a little spritz that makes it especially refreshing. It’s alcohol percentage is fairly low at around 11 percent, but it is more tangy than sweet, unlike most wines with alcohol at this level.

Translated the wine means green, although the term refers to the wine’s youthfulness rather than its color or taste. Though technically Vinho Verde can be a red wine, it is typically made from the white grapes Albarino, Loureiro, and Trajadura.

Vinho Verde comes from the Minho region of northwestern Portugal, a denominação de origem controlada. Vines are grown in a lush countryside from along the coast and into the foothills. These mountain-grown vines produce fuller bodied wines.

The wine’s flavor profile is filled with tart citrus and green apple flavors.

So as you head into 2013, consider this typically budget-friendly, low-alcohol white wine that is a heathy drink and a great pair to Vogel’s stir-fry with shrimp and veggies and her tasty greens with fresh Mandarin oranges, almonds and ginger-soy vinaigrette.

Consider this favorite: José Maria da Fonseca Vinho Verde for around $8.