Sometimes the Wine Armada surrenders to the heat of summer. Thankfully, the winemakers in Rueda come to our rescue by combining two of this region's most notable grapes in this 50-50 blend of Verdejo and Viura. Think turbo-charged Sauvignon Blanc and this unique white will have you quickly forgetting the need to pour anything red in your glass.
2008 Esperanza Verdejo Viura
THROUGH THE NOSE: Citrus and white flowers.
AROUND THE MOUTH: Ruby red grapefruit and fresh white peaches.
ON THE SIDE: Was the perfect match for chicken enchiladas, but would also work well with your "catch of the day."
BY THE NUMBERS: This can be yours for around $14. I captured my bottle at City Gourmet in downtown St. Louis. Wine Armada gives this a 16-gun salute on our 21-gun salute scale.
IN SUMMARY: Rueda is a region quickly gaining in popularity and is placing Spain on the world map with white wine that is fresh, flavorful and fabulously food friendly. So if the outdoor temperature is taking the wind out of your sails, try this or other Verdejo blends to right your ship.