Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wine Wednesday-A Rosé by Any Other Name Is...Green?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 1:38 PM

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Recently, I noticed that three different wine email newsletters that I subscribe to all suggested the same new wine. That usually means one of three things: the new liquor distributor rep is smokin' hot, there's a sales spiff going on, or there's an exceptional deal out there on an interesting wine. With no personal benefit for me (or you) in the first two cases, I trusted in the good of human nature and decided to give it a try.

The concept of a pink vinho verde (literally "green wine") is intriguing but not necessarily oxymoronic. The term actually refers to the Minho region of northern Portugal, which is known for light and fresh young wines primarily crafted from the Alvarinho and Loureiro varietals. Casal Garcia blends Arinto, Azal Branco, Loureira and Treixadura grapes to create a wine that is appealing to the eye and extremely food-friendly due to its high acidity.

Slightly effervescent with aromas of honeydew and lime, Casal Garcia is a perfect wine to stash a few bottles in the back of the fridge to match with seafood or spicy carry-out from your favorite Thai joint. At around 10 bucks per bottle and a screw cap closure, you can afford to drink half a bottle tonight and finish the rest off tomorrow before the bubbles escape.

Or split it between breakfast and lunch. Your call.

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