Can you believe we are nearing the end of August?! Summer is my favorite time of year so the fact that Labor Day is fast approaching makes me defiant of the evitable change. Albeit, Fall is my second favorite season, especially as harvest is underway and another year of wine is being produced but this post isn't about examining my deep feelings towards the seasons.
As there are still a few remaining weeks to soak up the sunshine and a long weekend yet to be indulged, I wanted to recommend two white wines to pair perfectly with the rest of summer.
Coming from Rueda, Spain a Denomination of Origin founded in 1980 with winemaking roots dating back to the 11th century, the white wines produced here have become "the people's white." Made from the Verdejo grape, the wines are crisp, light, refreshing and full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors. They pair exceptionally well with seafood, salad, light pasta dishes and appetizers.
There are currently only 40 producers of Rueda wines who export to the US. One of the two verdejos I recently tried from Rueda was Bodegas Copaboca's Gorgorito Verdejo 2013. Retailing for around $7, you can't bet this price and quality. Made from 100% verdejo, the bright acidity frames the citrus fruits - lemon and lime along with the signature herbs characteristics perfectly. There is also a slight minerality to this wine which I love, much like Albranio. Copaboca is known for being certified in Natural Reserve for their sustainable and environmentally friendly agro-environment practices, so this is a feel-good wine all around.
The second wine I recently tried from the same area is also made of 100% verdejo from Bodega Hijos de Albero Guitierrez originally built my Dominican monks in 1657, this light, straw colored Verdejo smells and tastes much like lemonade, it was rather outstanding! What was unique about his wine was the slight residual sugar. This can be rather refreshing on a hot day pool side or accompanying Thai spice shrimp, as the wine will calm the hot spiciness.
Overall, if you are a fan of Albarnio or Pinot Gris, you should take a sip of Verdejo and see if its to your liking as well. The clean, refreshing tastes along with its bright acidity, slight herbs and balanced minerality is sure to remind you of summer all year long.