Do you typically reach for a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio? This summer will be different. Here is why you should be drinking the delightful white wines of Rueda all season (and beyond)!
- They are refreshing
Wines of Rueda are made with the Verdejo grape, Spain’s most popular white wine variety. It produces wines chock-full of acidity, giving you that zing you need in warmer months.
- They offer complexity
Beyond the lively acidity, Rueda wines are aromatic, with layers of tropical fruit and citrus. With each sip you’ll notice its deceptively voluminous texture. This magical combination makes it an ideal pairing for salads, appetizers, shellfish, roast poultry and anything with a bit of butter. I also like to pair it with a patio chair and friends.
- You can’t beat the value
The easy-sippers start at $10, while you can find more complex wines at $17, and some of the top wines offer their balanced elegance at $25. Every price point delivers the same classic flavors and characters of the Verdejo grape, but the higher-end wines can be kept a good 5 or 6 years before they start to shine.
Our favorites include:
Torres Verdeo Verdejo 2015 – I buy this one by the case – crisp citrus dominates and it’s just too easy to drink.
Finca Montepedroso Verdejo 2014 – like eating a tropical fruit salad on fresh-cut grass. Delightful texture and length.
Menade Nosso Verdejo 2016 – you don’t need to drink this immediately, as it will evolve with age. It’s fresh and lively now, but will increase in complexity and character over the next few years.