kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits & lifestyle writer / wine educator

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Two light whites for summer

I tasted some Portugese wines at the show last Sunday, including 2 Vinho Verdes that were inexpensive, yet refreshingly delicious. Aveleda Vinho Verde and Casal Garcia Vinho Verde both offer crisp apple and lemon flavors, great acidity, a touch of CO2, and a price tag that's a whopping $5.99.

Wine and Spirits magazine rated the Casal Garcia an 86, and said it's "highly recommended." Both wines are great summertime quaffing wines--not really cerebral, but refreshing and food-friendly, with a low alcohol content perfect for hot DC evenings. These wines are unoaked, which helps keep them crisp and light, and they are best consumed young--within six months to a year.