26 March 2010

Spanish Wines this weekend - Ole!

Speak of Spanish wines and the wines of Rioja are what first come to mind but Spain has plenty of other offerings. They are famous for their reds but they also make some excellent whites and not just albarino.

This weekend we will be featuring the white wine of theSpanish organic producer Garmendia in the Castillo y Leon region of Spain and a lovely malvasia from the producer Arribes.

Garmendia has been producing organic wine for the past 10 years and although a young producer the wines coming out of their vineyards are top quality. Their Garmendia 2007 white is a careful blend of verdejo and viura. A full and lively wine, it has plenty of citrus character to it with a smooth mouthfeel and a limey finish. This is the perfect wine to have with believe it or not sushi or teriyaki. I had it the other night with dinner and it was the perfect companion. £10 at the market stall.

Another tasty white from Salamanca, the Arribes 100% malvasia is a fine, rounded example of this varietal. On the nose it is full of citrus, very fresh, grapefruit driven, clean and crisp. Great with chicken, creamy dishes, paella and for the price of  £6.50, it really delivers.

We've also got a rose from the Cotes du Luberon and a lovely, jubbly Beaujolais cru, the Fleurie from Domaine Monrozier.