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Wine Picks of the Week: Stay Cool, Drink Spanish Wines

August 4, 2012

In Spain during the summer months, heat and humidity are par for the course.  With centuries of practice behind them, Spain has lots of ways to beat the heat;  From afternoon Siestas, to refreshing citrus-filled cuisine, and crisp, fresh wines Spain knows how to handle the heat. 

With summer in full-swing here in New England (this is New England, not Spain, right?), I think it is time to offer Spain the sincerest form of flattery and drink what they are drinking.  There are loads of fresh, fun, unique, and well-made  wines coming out of Spain today so it wasn’t an easy choice but we have chosen one white and one red wine  that exemplify Spain’s winemaking style.

Vevi:   This fresh, fun white wine from Rueda, Spain is a blend of the local white grapes Verdejo and Viura.  Lively, pungent aromas of lemon, grapefruit and mineral salts lead to zesty citrus and orchard fruit flavors accented by notes of herbs and white pepper.  This refreshing summer sipper will please Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio drinkers alike!  Enjoy on its own or pair with light cuisine like salads, pasta, poultry, or seafood……….. $12.99

Gaba do Xil Mencia:   This Spanish red, made from the indigenous grape Mencia, displays an excellent perfume of Asian spices & wild black raspberry aromas and flavors. The palate is dry & savory with lush black fruit flavors and hints of violets & spice. This is an outstanding value, and a terrific introduction to the Mencia grape.  Try a bottle with your next burger, BBQ, or pizza!………. $18.99

Stay cool, and Cheers!

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