Verdejo is a white wine with bright acidity, almond and hazelnut notes, lime, grapefruit, melon, and herbs along with a variety of textures ranging from light and bright on the palate to weighty and mouth-filling. Verdejo has tons of potential and the building blocks for perfect pairings.
Younger brighter so-called joven-style Verdejos love green herbs, leafy salads and lime-driven ceviches. Fuller-bodied, lees-aged are perfect to pair with citrus and herb-spiked grilled dishes. Complex oak-aged Verdejos sidle up to robust spices, heartier and richer flavors.
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This mighty grape is also king when it comes to pairing it with anything charred, crisped, caramelized, spicy, fruity, and savory. The grape can show ripeness, filled with muscular fruit, lively acidity, dark cherry, blackberry bramble, dried fig, vanilla and cassis. During the aging process, medium tannins become elegant, complexity layered and notes of forest and leather take flight.
The fact Ribera Tempranillo is grown at various altitudes, in different soils, and made in several styles assures its compatibility with everything from heavily spiced spring lamb to herby, edgy veggies.
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In Ribera del Duero, Tempranillo has been evolving in this unique growing region for 1,000 years. Across the valley and over the river, Verdejo, the signature grape of Rueda, thrives as Spain’s number one white wine. Collectively, the two areas are known as Spain’s most prestigious wine regions.
Understanding what makes the wines so special is also key to finding their perfect food pairings.
Luckily for wine and food lovers, the winemaking teams in Ribera and Rueda make it easy. You are one click away from reading our Ultimate Food Pairing Guide.
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