Monday, July 10, 2017

Wines against Heat (1). White and rosé

Climate change is a fact, and whether we like it or not, it affects our habits of life, our food, and of course, it is present in the wines we choose. At least in southern Europe, the summer has moved forward, has arrived with force and very high temperatures, but we will not stop drinking wine, we should only look for those that fit best with high temperatures. Here is a careful selection of wines with good value for money, which can give a touch of freshness and fruity to our summer meals; and of course, any of them are a perfect snack if we decide not to accompany them with any type of food. In our first selection we go with three white and two rosé which price in no case exceeds 10 €.


D.O. Valdeorras, Ourense, Spain

Producer: Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez                                                                        
Year: 2016
Variety grapes: 100% Godello grape, White wine.
Elaboration:  Hand picking grapes, 102,000 bottles. In the same vineyard a first selection process is carried out. In cellar, alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts.
Service:  8º-9º.                                                     
Alcohol: 13 º C.             

A white wine without aging in oak from Galicia, Northern Spain.  Full of freshness and an  acidity typical of the godello grape, join to a remarkable fruitiness (green apple), citrus and minerality. Very fragrant wine, rich in aromas and ideal to drink only as an aperitif or accompanying fish, seafood, pates, salads, pastas, etc. Value for money. Excellent 9 € 👍     

casal de arman

Valle del Avia, D.O. Ribeiro, Ourense, Spain

Producer: Bodegas Casal de Armán                                                                                                                                  Year: 2016
Variety grapes: Treixadura grape 90% Godello grape 5%, Albariño 5%. White wine.
Elaboration:  Hand picking grapes, 10o,000 bottles. Fermentation at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks.
Service: 8-9º C.                                                                                                                                      
Alcohol: 13 º C.

Very fruity, aromatic white wine with integrated acidity. White fruit, fresh grass, all integrated in a structured and oleaginous wine. Persistent and long finish with that typical acidity from the Ribeiro land that makes it very fresh. Seafood, all kinds of fish, rice, pasta, salads ... are foods that maridan very well with this wine..Very good value for money 12 € 👍


viñas del vero gewürztraminer

D.O. Somontano, Huesca, Spain

Producer: Bodegas  González Byass ;                                                                                                          Year: 2016
Variety grapes: 100% Gewürztraminer.
Elaboration:  The grape is cooled and macerated for seven hours. The must is then drained and fermented at low temperature, preventing a total fermentation to respect the content of natural and own residual sugars, coming from the grape itself
Service: 8-9º C.                                                                                                                                               
Alcohol: 13 º C.

White wine of a beautiful yellow-green color. The nose is deeply aromatic, with scents reminiscent of flowers and tropical fruits, especially pineapple. In the mouth it is silky and unctuous with very fruity flavors related to tropical fruit. Very lively and fresh, with a remarkable persistence and tamed acidity, that invites to be drunk once again. Ideal for drinking  alone, as an appetizer, or accompanying certain cured cheeses, pâtés, seafood, salads and pastas among other dishes. Great value for money 9 € 👍 

casal GARCIA

Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal

Producer: Aveleda,                                                            
Year: 2016
Variety grapes: Vinhao, Red Azal y Borraçal. Rosé wine.
Service: 8-9º C.                                                                                                                                       
 Alcohol: 9,5 º C.

A rosé wine of a remarkable pink color and a very fruity character. Cherry, raspberry and strawberry mix  in this wine of appreciable acidity and deep freshness from Northern Portugal. Very soft to the palate, it is a wine very easy to drink, long drink and, together with its low graduation, make it an ideal product to consume in summer seasons. Rice, pasta and salads are excellent dishes to pair. Value for money excellent. 4€ 👍


D.O. Tierra de León,  Spain

Producer: Rafael Alonso, Bodega Pardevalles.                                                          Year: 2016
Variety grapes: 100% Prieto Picudo grape. Rosé wine.                                                                                        
Elaboration:  Night mechanical harvesting. Skin maceration for 12 h. Pressing and static defragment of the must for 48 h. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 13º C.
Service: 8-9º C.                                                                                                                                     
 Alcohol: 13,5º C.

Rosé wine with a clear strawberry color. Very aromatic nose where they meet raspberries and strawberries with citrus. It is fresh and very lively in the mouth. The presence of carbonic and its fruity notes along with its acidity contribute to the final result of a wine that is cheerful, fresh and easy to drink. Ideal for drinking alone and refreshing summer nights, but also mixes very well with white meats, rice, pasta or salads. There is a very good quality price relation. 6 € 👍

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