The Wine of the Week: Gazela Vinho Verde
Sometimes you just want something deliciously simple and easy on the budget. We look for wines we can happily serve in abundance to satisfy all our friends (even the wine snobs!). We look for wines to open on a Tuesday evening for one guilt-free glass, then store the bottle for the next day. This wine was made for those times.
Honesty is the Best Policy
Gazela, like most wines in its price category, is made for mass consumption. Producers typically pour resources into marketing, packaging, and image – the wine is like any other product to be sold. So, in this part of the review where I would typically write about terroir, vineyards, and winemaking practices, I will instead offer my thoughts on navigating this price category.
Personally, I look toward Europe for the best values. In places where wine is more plentiful at the table than water, we are not talking fine wines (most of the time). But, we are often talking delicious wines, and that’s what matters most. In regions like Vinho Verde, Portugal, wine is a part of daily life – it better be tasty! And this one certainly is.
About this Wine
This wine is palest greenish-yellow with a slight touch of fizz. It’s quite aromatic – flowers, lime zest, slightly tropical. On the palate it is round and juicy. It has mouthwatering acidity with flavors of green apple, fresh ginger spiciness, and key lime pie filling. The flavors linger for a long finish. It is at its best when served cold, but unlike some inexpensive wines, the flavors that develop as the wine warms in the glass a bit are just as luscious.
This wine is great to enjoy on its own. It also goes well with light dishes – oysters and other shellfish, salads, fresh vegetables, light tangy fresh cheeses, heirloom tomatoes on a baguette… keep it simple.
I purchased this bottle for less than $5. I may go back for a case. More often you’ll find it for closer to $8-$9 – still worth it. At 9% ABV this is a light, refreshing wine that can be enjoyed with a little more reckless abandon than those of higher alcohol content (but still, drink responsibly). It is also good in a wine spritzer or sangria. As a long time fans of all things Vinho Verde, I recommend trying this wine, and then explore the rest of the region’s delicious offerings.
My new mission… to taste things I’ve never tasted before – either because I’m a snob, I can’t afford it, or it’s just a little too weird. I’ll let you know what I thought, and then you can decide for yourself if you will make the splurge, or take the leap into the strange but potentially delicious unknown!
Annette is a food and beverage educator and consultant. She is also a professional chef who frequently contributes delicious recipes to EatSomethingSexy.com. She can be found at ChefAnnetteTomei.com
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