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Arindo Verdejo: An Amazing Tapas Partner

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

In Spain, Tapas are not only at the top of the menus, they also feature seafood, veggies and spices in an endless combination of flavors.  And this is a situation that can make most of us seriously consider chucking darts at the wine list.Arindo Verdejo

But to make those wine decisions simpler, Spain’s many years of white wine making excellence provides flexible pairing options to match.  This certainly makes iteasier to pick a wine to go along with those Tapas!

Of course, you might think that because of Spain’s reputation for bold red wines like Rioja, Spanish tradition doesn’t lend itself to perfect white wines, but not so.  Their white wines are very excellent and boast many interesting flavor alternatives that can be quite mesmerizing.

Consider the Verdejo grape.  White wines made from this amazing varietal can be totally zippy like Sauvignon Blanc and even a tad sugary like a Muscat.  The best of these wines combine characteristics of both, resulting in some of the most versatile food pairing options around.

One good way to get familiar with these gems is Arindo’s Verdejo Rueda.  This is a white wine with an inviting bouquet of grapefruit, lemon, wet stones and a whiff of baked bread.  This makes it seem at first like a Sauvignon Blanc, but one taste reveals orange-like citrus followed by an acid-sweet balancing act that it is just fantastic with spicy seafood tapas!

Right now you can find it at Total Wine for $12.99.  This is a great way to combat the summertime sizzle with informal food, light wine, and pleasant company.

Chill it down really well in the fridge or ice bucket and don’t be afraid of over chilling this selection.  It is meant to be totally refreshing.

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About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

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