RIOJA is the best-known of all Spanish wine regions, but it is for red wine made from tempranillo that it is famous.
Traditionally the whites of the Rioja were made in a very oaky, oxidised style but recently the region has started to produce more modern style easy-drinking wine.
However for me what is far more interesting is the traditional style that has been given a fresher approach, with less oak and more fruit but still retaining a sense of place. Mainly made from the viura grape, these wines can be great food wines to go with richer fish dishes, meat-based tapas or classic Spanish tortilla. Try Conde de Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria 2010 (slurp.co.uk, £11.99).
Cune Blanco 2009, Rioja
Traditional-style white Rioja but with some modern fruit, plus lemon and herbal notes on the nose followed by a creamy palate from time in oak.