Friday, February 16, 2007

Taste of Portugal: Wine rating #5 of 5

Ok folks...this is the last rating for Portugal. I Hope you have enjoyed our trip here. As has become a tradition, I am going to close this trip with the review of a white wine. Now, it's not just any white wine, nor is this a typical rating. The reason for that is because the wine is Casal Garcia Vinho Verde...but the real kicker is I'm not rating it. YOU ARE!

Enough of you readers have had this wine in the fact, I was the one who introduced many of you to it. And, goodness knows there have been enough parties thrown by me and Mrs. Vine Guy, as well as others, where the main beverage for consumption was Casal Garcia. So, here is you chance to strut your stuff, and tell me and Grape Nut what you've learned so far. Are you up for the challenge? I'm hoping to see lots and lots of comments posted here, so get it together and let us see your tasting notes.

I look forward to reading your comments.

To assist you, here is the wine you're reviewing...

The Wine: Casal Garcia Vinho Verde 2004

Country: Portugal

Region: Minho

Vintage: 2004

Price: $5.99

Tasting Notes: YOU TELL US!


Grape Nut said...

I have to give this wine a high eight, almost nine. Nine you say?!?!?!?! Yes, because I really enjoy this wine and I also take price into account. I have literally bought this wine for as cheap as $3.50 a bottle (thank you Wine Library and Bottle King).

Price concerns aside, I can't think of a better wine to serve on a hot summer day while I tend to the grill. It’s the perfect setup to any of the heavier wines usually pair with the BBQ I’m cooking. It leaves the palate fresh with a nice crispness that you’re looking for in the heat.

That said, my only complaint and reasoning for not making it a full nine is that I've had some guest dislike the sparkling effervescence, but I’d say that’s one in 15 people (you can’t please everyone).

Kathryn said...

I disagree with those 1 out of 15 people, Casal Garcia's sparkling effervescence is one of the things that makes it so wonderful to drink outside on a warm summer day. But then again, I am a huge Champagne person, so I like bubbles!

kt said...

Oh, I'd have to go for the nine. We loved Gazela when we found it in Arizona last summer; bought it by the case for the cooling effect in the rotten summer weather.

Now we've relocated to WA and tried Casal Garcia at our favorite Portugese diner in Vancouver a few weeks ago--had it with breakfast, no less, as we were headed home that afternoon--and found the "grown-up" verson of the Vinho Verde very much to our liking.

Now we're looking for it here!