Gazela Vinho Verde ($5.99)
Straw color, transparent and very pale, glints of brassy green. It pours up with a very brief froth and leaves random bubbles behind, but it's petillant, not truly sparkling. Simple, delicate white-fruit aromas focus on a hint of musky melon; light carbonation adds a prickle to the crisp, dry flavor. Simple, sufficient acidity for balance, light in alcohol at just 9 percent, very refreshing. Sealed with a Stelvin-type metal screwcap to retain its clean, fresh character and banish cork taint. Top value for the price - a fine everyday quaff for summer sipping. US Importer: Evaton Inc., Stamford, Conn. (Sep 5, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Splendid as a refreshing summer aperitif, fine with all manner of shellfish, it was an excellent match with the simple, quick shrimp-and-ham paella featured in the Sept. 6, 2007, 30 Second Wine Advisor FoodLetter.



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