Raise a glass to these wines

With summer now in full swing – and many of us getting ready to entertain over the upcoming holiday weekend – we wanted to suggest a way to add a bit of international flair to your festivities.

Aveleda Portugal wines provide a lovely complement to outdoor dining, the brand itself drawing on a rich family history that adds to its story.

“The wines that we produce, since 1870, are a testament to our commitment to sustainable innovation that’s based on experience and proven success, while keeping our family-owned tradition and approach,” says António Azevedo Guedes, CEO of Aveleda estate and winery and a fifth-generation descendant of the company’s founder.

Here are the tasting notes, as provided by the company, for a few selections:

Quinta da Aveleda 2013 – “A blend: the notes of the Loureiro varietal are merged to perfection with the fruit of the Alvarinho, resulting in a complex, elegant wine with a long, persistent after-taste.”

Aveleda Vinho Verde 2013 – “A blend: the perfect reflection of the character of the region using the main native grape varietals Loureiro, Trajadura, Arinto.”

Aveleda Alvarinho 2013 – “100% Alvarinho: showing a long, fruity after-taste with notes of passion fruit, white flowers and citrus.”

Casal Garcia Rosé 2013 – “A blend: fresh pink, fruity wine with a solid structure thanks to the Vinhão, red Azal and Borraçal grapes coming from selected producers in the Vinhos Verdes region.”

At $10 or less, these wines make a good choice for larger parties.

For more on these wines, visit aveledaportugal.pt or casalgarcia.com/en. For more Chic Choices ideal for your summertime entertaining, check out the WAG’s July “Power Foods” issue.

 – Mary Shustack

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