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Spanish White Wine to Know and Love

Spanish white wine

One piece of advice that’s given to new writers is to “write what you know.” This same bit of wisdom can be applied to novice wine buyers.

As an example, I recently wrote about a wine, a tempranillo that was sent to me to sample. Created by one of Spain’s oldest wineries, Bodegas Monticello, I enjoyed it because the Reserva was warm and earthy. You could almost taste Spain in each sip.

A few weeks later I was browsing the aisles of a neighborhood wine shop looking for a reasonably priced albarino, a Spanish white wine that has become my go-to wine of late. (Unfortunately, other folks have discovered it as well and prices which not long ago were quite reasonable are now creeping up.)

There on the shelves was a bottle of Bodega Monticello Verdemar Albarino. I knew I liked their other wine and I knew I liked Albarino. Why not give it a try?

The first sips were interesting; a little oakey and unlike other Albarinos I’ve tried. But then – as did its red sister – once the wine warmed a bit, the true flavors shone through. A little grassy, a hint of grapefruit and other citrus, this wine was clean and crisp. I could see paring it with any fish or fowl. And at less than $12.00 a bottle, it would make a great hostess gift.

So by “knowing” the wine and the grape, I discovered a nice little wine.

Rita Connelly
Rita Connelly

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