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Rioja whites and rosés bring summer to the UK

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July 2011

 

 Rioja whites and rosés bring summer to the UK

 

Rioja is world-renowned for its red wines, but less well-known is the array of refreshing rosés and delicious whites produced in Spain’s most famous wine region.  Following the hottest spring since records began* and with the summer upon us, what better way to enjoy the outdoors than with a glass of chilled Rioja?

 

The Rioja region produces a wide selection of white and rosé wines in both modern easy-drinking and traditional food-friendly styles so there is something to suit all tastes.  Whether you’re looking for a light rosé or a traditional oak-aged white Rioja, the following wines will bring some Spanish sunshine to your barbecue this summer.

 

Fish on the barbecue is always a hit and will remind you of hot summer nights spent in beachside restaurants.  From one of Spain’s best recognised family-owned bodegas, Faustino VII Rosado 2010 offers an explosive palate of powerful berry flavours.  A blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha gives this wine is a pretty pink colour, and the fresh fruity palate will match a dish of barbecued Asian prawns perfectly.

 

Alternatively if you fancy a traditional richly flavoured wine, CVNE Barrel Fermented Blanco 2009 is a delicious lemon-scented white with a creamier palate from oak ageing, and enough body and flavour to stand up to barbecued meaty monkfish and vegetable skewers.

 

If you’re opting for a traditional barbecue of chicken and ribs the following Riojas will complement these well.  Made from an equal blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, El Coto Rosado Rioja 2010 is an easy-drinking lively pink coloured rosé that is dry, crisp and jam-packed full of red and dark fruit flavours which makes it an ideal match with a dish of sticky pork barbecue ribs in the summer sunshine.  If you prefer an oak-aged white, the Conde de Valdemar Blanco Fermentado en Barrica 2009 is a lemony, vanilla-scented wine with subtle aromas of peaches and apricot and will complement a herby spatchcock chicken and lightly roasted new potatoes beautifully – a meal that can be enjoyed outdoors, or inside if the weather turns!

 

Take advantage of the longer evenings with a simple al fresco supper of summer vegetable and goat’s cheese stack.  The Faustino Rivero Ulecia Blanco 2010, a bright, fresh, apple-scented white wine made from the Viura grape complements this dish well and will brighten up your meal.

 

With a great range to choose from, there is bound to be a white or rosé Rioja to bring a taste of summer to your barbecue, even if the British weather doesn’t provide the sunshine!

 For further details please contact Jen Gevaux or Lottie West on 020 7759 7400 or Rioja@thisisphipps.com