July 02, 2013
Casal Garcia - Ready for Summer
When it comes to Vinho Verde (the wine growing area of Northern Portugal), British Columbia seems to get the lamb’s share of the very small allotment imported into Canada. (A situation that a new marketing agency based in Montreal hopes to change.)
What we do have tends to come from mass market producers – in other words, not the region’s best examples. The ubiquitous Gato, for example, which sells in BC for 10.99, can be found alongside cans of Coca-cola and Fanta in the coolers of European fast food outlets for a mere 2 Euros a bottle.
Inexpensive, however, doesn’t always have to raise a red flag. A very good choice in the budget wine range that is available to us is Casal Garcia Vinho Verde (11.99) from Aveleda, one of the region’s most distinguished, largest and still 100% family-owned winery. Aveleda produces a wide range of wines from indigenous Vinho Verde grapes (even an impressive, Cognac-like example), but this entry line is one of their most popular sellers worldwide, and a brilliant choice for summer. ...CONTINUE READING...
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