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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