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Another Award-Winning Vintage
Dec 13th, 2013 by

The ribbons finally arrived.

The ribbons finally arrived.

It was another blue ribbon year for the RootsLiving wine cellar.

This time the chardonnay we made in the fall of 2012 took top prize in the chardonnay category at the Topsfield Fair. The Malbec we made in the spring of 2012 with grapes from Chile won third prize and received a white ribbon.

This was the second time we entered this contest. The first time in 2009, we won first prize for Zinfandel we made in the fall of 2008.

The ribbons arrived just a few weeks ago: better late than never. And although it’s nice to talk and write about wine, I’d rather drink it. Hic!

A Good (and Cheap) Summer Wine
Jun 23rd, 2009 by

I first discovered this in a budget bin at a wine specialty shop. A few weeks later I read about it in a Wall Street Journal article which recommended it.

I first discovered this in a budget bin at a wine specialty shop. A few weeks later I read about it in a Wall Street Journal article which recommended it.

Just because the economy is bad and your income may be taking a hit doesn’t mean you can’t sip good wine this summer. One of my favorite summer whites is Casal Garcia, a portuguese “vinho verde”, which literally means green wine, which translates to young wine.

It’s made by Quinta da Aveleda, a successful family winery in Portugal.

It’s light in color and on the palate. It’s crisp without being too citrusy. It has just a bit of a fizz (It’s not sparkling). It finishes clean. And it’s only $5.99 a bottle at Kappy’s in the Greater Boston area.

Serve it chilled. And hey, at these prices, if you can’t wait for the fridge to work its magic, add a few ice cubes. I won’t tell.

(Photo by Mark Micheli)

Find more bargains at YourCheapFriend.com .

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