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!
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