Spain is a paradise that in addition to miles and miles of coast and nice beaches also has miles and miles along the banks of many rivers that cross the Peninsula. Some of them, besides being the perfect place for a summer picnic are the ideal place for cultivating vineyards that produce wines that supply our best moments at the table. Some of them are next:
I like more and more this relatively young Designation of Origin. All the wines I've tasted lately that come from Extremadura are a hit, I like them and they are successful in all my meetings. I think the secret of success is how hard this region?s soil makes it for winemakers, which means that they have to give it all in order to obtain the best grapes worthy of a decent and round wine. Those who have not yet tried wines from this part of Spain yet should not delay it more.
This area is noted for its red wines made from Mencia grapes and their white wines, fabulous both Godello and Albariño (although in many cases both grapes are combined). The best of these wines, of course, is to taste them in the beautiful Galician landscape. Wait for me, because in less than a month I will be there.
I will not talk too long about this region because as you already know is one of my favorites, and I always include some of its wines in my recommendations. The truth is that I always have some Ribera del Duero wine at home because regarding their value ? price relation they are one of the bests, and their austere character fascinates me, as I also love the new trend that for months could have already been noticed in many of its most emblematic wines.
Arribes (del Duero)
Almost in Portugal , Arribes Designation of Origin amazes us with its delicious Verdejos for the white and its distinctive red wines. Among the latter, besides the well known Mencia, Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes they use some others, more peculiar as the Juan García or the Rufete, do you know them?
In Cuenca you will find this designation of origin in which French grapes are reaching a different level, both in red and white wines. Excellent prices in its wines and the advantage of that for years they always repeat being very good.
Ribera del Arlanza
The vineyards from where these wines come from are cultivated between Burgos and Palencia. It is one of my latest discoveries: very successful in most of their combinations with Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.