Alistair Gibson samples the growing trend for Iberian whites

Bienbebido Pulpo Albarino 2014, Vintae.

Bienbebido Pulpo Albarino 2014, Vintae.

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Ten years ago white wines from Spain and Portugal hardly had shelf space. Spain was all about red with Rioja at the forefront. Portugal was best-known for port and robust red wines. How times change. There’s been an explosion of interest in Spanish whites in particular. Now Portugal is getting in on the act and both countries use their indigenous grape varieties.

Spain was all about red with Rioja at the forefront. Portugal was best-known for port and robust red wines. How times change. There’s been an explosion of interest in Spanish whites in particular. Now Portugal is getting in on the act and both countries use their indigenous grape varieties.

Godello 2014 As Caixas, Martin Codax (Majestic £9.99, £6.99 for two) is a good value introduction to this grape from north-west Spain. Fresh with lemon and pear, bright acidity and a zesty finish. Try with seafood.

Adega de Pegoes 2014, Setubal (The Wine Society £6.75) is a great value Portuguese white with green apple, herbs and a hint of lemon sherbet. Serve with grilled sardines.

Bienbebido Pulpo Albarino 2014, Vintae (Majestic £9.99, £6.99 for two) is my Top Tipple. The label tells you it’s not taking itself too seriously and the wine is fun, with pear and peach followed by a lively palate with mouthwatering finish. Drink with grilled squid.

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