This time of year, I often really want a wine and food combo that is light and refreshing. A white Vinho Verde and Mussels is an excellent pairing for summer. Vinho Verde is a light, Portuguese wine that is meant to be consumed young and is often a terrific value. The wine typically has citrus flavors and low alcohol. As far as the mussels go, I suggest serving them in a sauce or broth with a little kick to pair with the wine.
One bottle of Vinho Verde that I really enjoy is 2011 Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde. It has wonderful crisp, citrus notes that really complement the mussels. The best part is that you can grab a bottle for under $10. So relax, enjoy your meal, and savor every last day of the summer!