White wines guide white wines of Spain
Spanish winemakers have everything going for them. As we know,
the climate is superb, the rainfall moderate and there’s
a long tradition of quality grape growing. Yet the white wines
of Spain have long failed to excite the palate of
even the most undemanding consumer. Why is this?
One answer is that red wines really do take centre stage in Spanish cuisine.
White wines are seen as fun, entertaining, fairly insignificant, when compared with
great Rioja or Ribera del Duero reds.
One of the problems for Spain has been the lack of strong brands for wine
lovers to identify immediately as Spanish - where is the Spanish equivalent
of Blossom Hill or Jacobs Creek, we ask?
At present, only white Rioja is easily identifiable: made with the delicious
Viura grape. These wines used to be aged in oak and taste rather heavy to the
modern palate. Thanks to modern cool fermentation technology, most of them
are now much fruitier.