This week we are discounting all in-store purchases of Spanish white wine, which in my opinion is some of the best white wine in the world. For the most part, Spain’s whites have remained relatively obscure, despite their obvious quality and reasonable pricing. Some of these wines resemble whites we’re already familiar with, while others give insight into a whole new style of flavor wholly their own.
Below are 5 Spanish white wines to get you started:
Godello hails from Galicia, in Northwestern Spain, where it now experiences wide-spread praise and enjoyment as one of Spain’s most prominent white wine varietals. Galicia is home to many renowned wine regions, but Godello seems to do best in Valdeorras, or “Valley of Gold”.
Very much like Chardonnay, Godello is a largely neutral tasting grape on its own. However, once faced against the skill of winemakers, the Godello grape has a wonderful potential for reflecting the aromas and flavors of its production method. It is also extremely responsive to terroir and thus gives off the personality of its growth site.
These wines, like most, are aged in one of two ways: oaked and unoaked (i.e. steel vat). The former, usually from Bierzo, gives us something similar to a Chardonnay, with creamy, rich flavors, elegant texture in the mouth, and a mild degree of acidity; the latter, commonly found in Valdeorras, takes from the grape’s natural neutrality and fosters a more acidic, tropical fruit-flavored wine with notes of lemon, lime, melon, white peach, and apple.
The other white varietal on our list coming from Galicia is the lean, yet complex, Albariño. The name Albariño means “white wine from the Rhine” and is locally believed to be a clone of the Alsace Riesling originally brought over by Cluny monks. This Spanish classic is almost exclusively grown as a varietal in Rías Baixas, enjoying a cool climate and Atlantic influence. Generally speaking, one can find Albariño to have a very light body, with high acidity and alcohol, yet full of flavors of apricot, peach, apple, citrus (lime, pineapple), and gravel. Albariño is also famously found in Portugal’s Vinho Verde.
Similar in profile to Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo is grown in North Central Spain, in the region of Rueda. The dry, continental climate of this part of Spain helps Verdejo reach its greatest potential. While there does exist an earthy, herbaceous, variety of Verdejo, the wine can typically be found exhibiting a medium body, with balanced dryness and acidity, and aromatics of lemon, peach, citrus and floral hints. Interestingly enough, the grape originated in North Africa, and was brought to Spain during the 11th century, where it has found its undisputed home. It remains one of Spain’s most widely planted white grapes.
Our sales reps have provided us with some interesting insights into the Antxiola Txakoli we carry, a wine from the Basque Country of Northern Spain, a largely indigenous product with spectacular results; slightly frizzy:
“All work in the vineyards is done by hand including harvest. The vines are planted on the sunny sides of the hills to keep them dry and free of rot and fungal diseases. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel with indigenous yeast and [there is] no aging of the wine. It is bottled while still young to capture some of the natural CO2 left in the wine giving it a slight effervescence.”
Poured like ciders, from an elevated height, Txakoli is like no white wine I’ve yet to taste. It was bone-dry with sharp minerality. Pleasant citrus dominance, and the nose carried scents of grass, lime, anisette, vanilla and honey. Given its fizz, the wine has an elegant, crisp structure with no astringency.
“Made from a classic blend (for this area) of Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada planted in limestone and clay soils…It is an excellent value for consumers looking for alternatives to French Champagne. Lemon/lime, crushed rock and white currant notes are present in this crisp, elegant, refreshing, zesty, dry sparkler.”
It’s quite true, and Cava as an excellent alternative to French Champagne is all the more reason to love it (and for a fraction of the cost)! In actuality, Cava is named not for the grape(s) being used, or the region in which it is produced, but for the stone cellars in which it is matured (cavas).
While it can be produced in a variety of places throughout Spain, Cava is almost exclusively made in its town of origin, San Sadurní de Noya, in Catalonia.
So come on through and pick up a refreshing bottle of Spainish white! 10% off from now until July 15th, it’s all the more reason to try something new.
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