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Guigas Vinho Verde DOC Minho 2016
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: MINHO / Appellation: VINHO VERDE DOC / Varietal(s): LOUREIRO+TRAJADURA+ARINTO --- Hailing from the Minho region of northwest Portugal, Vinho Verde is the Portuguese answer to beating the summer heat. Bright, light, and slightly effervescent, this bottle from Guigas makes a perfect wine for your weekend picnic outings. And at only 9.5% alcohol by volume, this is a wine that remains refreshing and drinkable all day long. It’s a great partner to marinated octopus or a tangy citrus salad.
Château Coulonge Malbec “Hommage” Bordeaux Supérieur AOC 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: Bordeaux / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MALBEC --- After a transfer of farmland from a countess to her tenant farmers, Château Coulonge has been run by the same family since 1804. Vigneron Nicolas Roux focuses his attention on viticulture of traditional Bordeaux varieties. In the case of cuvée “Hommage,” Roux reintroduces drinkers to the region’s oft-forgotten native variety – malbec! While it flourishes in the vineyards of Mendoza in Argentina and other regions throughout South America, it is in the Aquitaine region where malbec was born and raised. Basking in the warm summer sun of southwest France, these malbec bunches achieve perfect ripeness, giving us plenty of luscious plum fruit and silky tannins in the glass. We should take a cue from the Argentines and pair this bottle with a grill full of meats, mushrooms, sausages and summer squashes.