While at Wine Blogger Con luxuriating in the Finger Lakes, I had the opportunity to learn a little more about wines from Spain in the Ribera y Rueda seminar. The two regions have joined forces to promote their wines in a united front. Each region has something very unique and delicious to offer.
In the Rueda region, you will find white wines made from the verdejo grape which have been in Spain since the 11th Century. For a wine to be considered a verdejo it must contain at least 85% of the verdejo grapes. What’s great about this wine is the versatility since it is so well balanced.
The Ribera del Dureo region is known for it’s red wine made from tempranillo grapes.This grape produces a red that is known for offering “something for everyone”. It can be paired with everything from meat to dessert.
We tried four wines during the seminar which included:
Marques de Caceres (Rueda)
Portia Crianza (Ribera del Duero)
Bogegas Fuentespina (Ribera del Duero)
I enjoyed all of the wines and thought they could easily be paired with a simply or elegant meal. Any of them would be a good choice depending on if you are in the mood for a white or red. The two that stood out for me were the Shaya and Fuentespina. I'm extremely excited that I won a bottle of the Shaya at the Old World reception. I can't wait to sip and savor it on a lazy Sunday watching football or a Lifetime movie.
Whether you are a fan of white or red wines, Spain definitely has it going on in the wine department. Ribera y Rueda are regions that getting bigger and better so you should be able to find a wine from either region that will make your palate do a happy dance.
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