During the hot summer heat, wine from Portugal doesn’t usually come to mind. Everyone thinks about Port, but Avelada wines from northern Portugal make ideal companions to seafood. It’s time to break from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.
Nothing cools the summer heat like the fruity Sangria or the slightly effervescent Vinho Verde. How about a Vinho Verde Rosé?
Aveleda Portuguese wines have spanned many generations. The first sale of their
wine dates back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes (1837-1899, believed to be the
winery’s founder. Today the Guedes family still owns 100% of the company, always
committed to excellence in their wine making and bringing these award-winning wines at fair prices.
The Vinho Verde is produced from Loureiro, Trajadura and Arinto grapes. Lively and naturally low in alcohol this has a delightful slight effervescence. The nose reminds of fresh cut grass and grapefruit. Flavors of citrus and green apples bubble in your mouth with a clean and zesty and finish. You have a choice of Avelada or their other label Casal Garcia. Both have been awarded by Decanter, Wine and Spirits and Wine Enthusiast. At these prices try both!
Casal Garcia Rosé is a blend of red varietals Vinhao, Red Azal and Borracal. The fresh pink color invites you to smell and taste the notes of raspberry and strawberry in this crisp, well-balanced rosé.
Casal Garcia Douro Red our only red in this feature, is a blend of Port grapes Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca. This is a lot of wine for $7.99! Fermented in stainlesssteel and not fortified like port, this is a deep, intense ruby color
with round and delicate red fruits. This could be served with fish, marinara, or grilled meats.
Lastly, Casal Garcia Sangria is the perfect porch-pounder with only 8% alcohol, this could be your next pool party quencher. Nothing says “chill” like a light and young drink with hints of apples, strawberries, citrus and cinnamon. Serve it on ice with fresh fruit.
Have fun with these wines, and buy them by the handful. You’ll
be glad you did!