An exciting wine country

John Whaite

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I’ve just returned from a trip visiting vineyards and producers across northern Spain.

I’ve mentioned it before, but there is little doubt in my mind that Spain is currently Europe’s most exciting wine country.

What really caught my attention on this trip was the quality of the country’s white wine.

From modern fruit-driven white Rioja, without all the oak of years gone by, there are fresh dry whites that are just made for seafood from north west Galicia.

Taste the Difference Albarino 2012, Rias Baixas (Sainsbury £7.99) is a lovely example of this very fashionable wine.

It’s very fresh with nectarine and fruit blossom on the nose, followed by nice textural weight on the palate which keeps it interesting. This would be great with some simply cooked seafood.

Legaris Verdejo 2012, Rueda

This is almost the perfect example of modern meets traditional Spanish white wine. Verdejo is a classic Spanish grape variety that used to make oxidised sherry like wines, but here it has been transformed into a fresh vibrant crisp dry white. A great all-round white, and fantastic value as well., £8.99, Hermitage Cellars £7.15.