Foods and Wines

Rueda: Spain’s White Charmer

Rueda is a wine region at the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, located just northwest of the Spanish capital, Madrid. One of Spain’s most cutting edge wine producing regions, the Denomination of Origin Rueda (DO Rueda) is one of the few European wine growing regions specializing in making white wine and in the preservation and development of the indigenous Verdejo grape.

Rueda is known for wonderfully fresh and fruity white wines and has achieved great success in both domestic and international wine markets.

May came together as my Spanish month. It began with a tasting of eight Rueda whites at the WineAlign World Headquarters in Toronto. Steve Thurlow, Michael Godel and John Szabo were in attendance. And as the tasting moved along we became more and more enthused by the quality, the bright vaguely sub-tropical pineapple-like fruit and lemongrass aromas, and by the sense of freshness and energy within a white of some weight and substance.

Our scores for most were easily into the 88 to 91 range (very good to excellent quality), and then we checked prices. All were under $20, and most were under $15!  Steve Thurlow thundered, “Why on earth would people spend the same money on boring pinot grigio?” Then he put his money where his mouth is and got on the phone to order a case of Pariente 2016 Rueda for $17.95.

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