Phew! It’s been a long hiatus, with a little volcation thrown into the midst – but I am now back in Vancouver and getting settled back into life. In honour of my recent trip to Spain today’s wine is a rare white from the region of Bierzo, better known for producing wines from the red grape Mencia. This white wine is made with an obscure grape called Godello and it has an absolute ton of character.
The vines on which the grapes were grown for this wine are a ripe 60 years old, which means that less grapes develop and consequently each grape has more flavor concentrated in it. This particular wine – the Luna Beberide Godello 2007 – has a little bit of richness to it, but it is also very expressive when you smell it. I personally love wines that combine the taste of fruit and rocks and this wine does it very well. It is also very fresh, which means it will go with seafood (Spot Prawns anyone?!) or simply be great for sipping on a nice (hopefully warm) evening. Now that summer is on its way there’s nothing better to get you in the mood than a very well made crisp, easy to drink but yet complex white wine.
$30 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar
*Shea Coulson is the author of Justgrapeswine.com, a Vancouver based wine blog focusing on wine and beer reviews, education, and wine industry trends and developments.
Last modified: May 7, 2010