Wine Pick of the Week: 2011 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto

A skin-contact alvarinho is perfect to start the month of February

This January, we asked our team of experts — sommeliers, wine writers, and winemakers — to recommend the best wines to be drinking in 2013. Here's what our panelists recommended for the week of February — and it's a perfect fit for the start of the month. 

2011 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto; Vinho Verde, Portugal; $20

"Drink this during the first week in February. This skin-contact alvarinho from Vinho Verde is proof that the region makes wine for any time of year. In the dead of winter this wine will be sure to warm you up and is still refreshingly clean. Hints of apricot, almond, and white flowers with a rich and creamy finish."[slideshow:

— Laura Maniec, master sommelier and owner of Corkbuzz Wine Studio in New York City

You can check out the full list for the year, and start planning your wine list ahead of time. Up next week: a "dark and brooding" wine from Corbières, France. 

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