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Ribeiro Vina Mein 2008

Tired of the usual white wine selections at the grocery store?  Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigo… These wines all can be done very well (or very badly), but there’s more to white wine than these three varietals.

Take this Spanish white wine.  It is a combination of 80% Treixadura, 10% Godello, 5% Loureiro, and 1% to 2% each of Albariño, Torrontés, Albilla and Caiño.  When’s the last time you had any of those grapes!

This bottle retails for $18 to $20, and it is a wonderful break in the routine.  It has a floral nose and one picks up a touch of honeysuckle.  In the mouth it is a little spicy and shows citrus and some hard-to-identify herbal notes.  It was a delight to sip, and would be terrific with seafood.  (Rating ****)

For further details, surf to the website of the U.S. Importer, De Maison Selections, and Astor Wines of New York City is selling it online.

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