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Weekly Wine – Gazela

29 Jun

gazRosGazela Vinho Verde Rose
Year:N/A
Portugal
750ml
9.5% ABV
$9.50 (LCBO)

I’ve had the white wine version of this wine way back when –August, 2013.
This rose is just as nice as the white one.
It is tart.
It is crisp.
It is fruity – but not too much.
What makes this wine better than a spritzer, some wine with club soda usually, is that here the carbonation is very mild. Occasionally referred to as effervescent wine, the slight carbonation is not the result of a shot of carbon dioxide before bottling, but from a secondary fermentation.
This gives the wine a nice round flavour and makes for a very pleasant refreshing drink on a hot day, or evening.
It is a bit dangerous as it does have nine per cent alcohol. On a hot day, it is very conceivable that one can down a bottle or two of this quite easily. Think of two bottles as three pints of beer – in terms of volume. If you are putting down a proper IPA with 6 to 7 per cent alcohol, you will feel it – the heaviness, the hops, the alcohol. This wine has more alcohol yet is light and refreshing.
Dangerous, but good, stuff.
The bottle photographed is empty because I neglected to take a picture before drinking the bottle. It was a hot evening. The wine has a nice pink colour.

Weekly Wine – Gazela

14 Aug

GazelaSogrape Gazela Vinho Verde
Portugal
750ml
9% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)
A good friend introduced me to this wine and a good thing too. This is a great summer wine. Light and refreshing. It has a bit of fizz to it but not like sparkling wine, champagne or soda pop.
The carbonation is more like that of a beer that has had an in bottle second fermentation. Like those of some artisan breweries or home brews. The mild carbonation is a nice balance with the light flavour.
I will repeat that it is a refreshing sip of wine on a hot day. I’ve had it in winter and it only worked when I was hot because of the crush of people or because I was by a fireplace. It needs to be cold and drinker needs to be hot. I can’t really comment on the flavour because of the lightness of it. When drinking you know it is wine, you have a bit of fizz, and you are refreshed. What more do you want?