The O'Briens Spanish Wine Sale continues until Sunday 7th July. With 20-50% OFF our entire range there is something to suit every palate and budget. Last week I recommended the iconic Monte Real Gran Reserva at half price and the refreshingly great value Valhondo Cava. This week I will have a look at some of my favourite organic Spanish wine picks for summer sipping.
The Rueda wine region is located in the high-altitude plains north of Madrid. Best known for the high-quality red wines from neighbouring Ribera del Duero, Toro and Rioja, the white Verdejo (pronounced Berr-day-Ko) grape has found its home in the flat plains around the town of Rueda.
The high altitude of the vineyards creates a large difference between day and night temperatures. Known as a diurnal swing, this temperature difference allows the white grapes retain freshness and acidity that would be otherwise baked out of the fruit by the daytime heat. As a result, Rueda is one of the most popular styles of white wine within Spain: you will find at least one on every bar and restaurant list.
This single-vineyard Verdejo from Rueda is a beautiful example of this style from the brilliant family producer, de Alberto. Brilliant straw colour with a green tinge, the nose is intense with varietal notes of aniseed, wild herbs and stone fruits. Good structure and balance on the palate with citrus and white fruit flavours before a long crisp finish.
Rueda Food Match:
The aniseed and citrus note of the wine prove an ideal partner for fresh seafood dishes and summer salads.
Bodegas Luzón is one of our customer favourite wineries. It is located in Jumilla in the warm southeast of Spain and produce wines based on the Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grape variety.
Made from organically grown grapes on the Fuertes family estate, this wine is lively clean and fleshy with good fruitiness balanced by ripe tannins and a long finish. It is unoaked to retain the pure varietal character of the organic Mourvèdre fruit.
Luzón Organic Food Match:
A vegan wine, this is ideal to enjoy with BBQ vegetables or light summer salads.
There are over 90 Spanish wines on promotion until this Sunday 7th July, so there is something to suit every taste and budget. Drop in to your local O'Briens store where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you pick out that perfect Vino de España. Or alternatively shop our online store. Olé!
Please note: All prices correct at time of publication. For the most up to date prices please contact your local store or online www.obrienswine.ie.