I’ve just returned from a wine tasting trip to Spain and it confirmed to me that when it comes to food and wine Spain is the most exciting and in many ways best value region in Europe and there is so much more than just rioja and red wines to enjoy, so here are some other Spanish styles to think about.
La Gitana Manzanilla (Waitrose £10.49, Majestic £8.49 if you buy two bottles) has to be one of the world’s great value wines. Dry sherry at its very best – very fresh with citrus and salty notes, just begging for a plate of prawns.
In the past I’ve always found Cava a fairly dull wine but the quality is definitely improving. Codorniu Gran Cremant 2012, Cava (The Co-op £10.99) is crisp, easy drinking fizz with apple and pear notes and a really moreish finish – perfect in the garden as you light the barbecue.
Las Olas Verdejo 2013, Rueda
Verdejo is one of Spain’s own very white grapes – think of it as a distant cousin of sauvignon blanc.
Made from organic vineyards, this is really fresh with citrus and green herbal notes, followed by mouth-watering zesty acidity which goes fantastically with a pear and Serrano ham salad – another great value Spanish wine.
The Wine Society £7.95