The warm, almost Summer, sun is beating down upon us, the birds are merrily chirping their melodious songs, the rabbits and squirrels are seen running to gather food and all is right with the world. Gosh, I was so close! Except for that last item, could things get any better? Don’t worry; I’m not here to make some sort of comment on the state of things in the world around us. THAT would take a heck of a lot of space on this blog.
No, it’s just my way of introducing this week’s “Wine of the Week.”
José Pariente Verdejo 2018
Funny story how I discovered this wine. Would you believe interesting? Okay, this is how it happened….
One of my few Saturdays I had off from pouring at a wine tasting, and, as usual, my M.O. is to then GO TO a wine tasting. I did. A less formal wine tasting than usual and highlighting the wines of Rueda, Spain. That’s situated in the Northwest region of Spain, it is known for its primary white grape; Verdejo.
This is of major importance, at least to me and this story, as I was preparing a dinner around some nice plump Sea Scallops I had purchased. I had made the decision to accompany the Scallops with Rice and Green Beans (that was a little odd, but I had some so I thought, what the heck). The sauce? I’ve kinda been into this oriental thing lately, and I found a Thai Sweet Chili and Orange Sauce that sounded great.
A nice Summery white wine sounded just right. I know what you are thinking. “Wait, isn’t that sauce going to be uber spicy and would that pair well with a Verdejo?” My thoughts exactly. My response? “Eh!”
So I get to the wine shop and head on over to the table where the wines are being sampled. Luckily a friend (see I told you I had friends) of mine is there pouring the selections. So this is a twofer. Try wines and have a friendly conversation. As I suspected, all the wines being sampled were of the white variety, all but one being Verdejo, it was a Sauvignon Blanc from the same region. Ran through them all with a particular interest in the Sauv Blanc (that’s my grape) from the same winery, José Pariente. Not this time however! The Verdejo was the clear winner.
The wine showed bright aromatic intensity, fresh stone fruit and citrus notes, it was truly lovely. In keeping with my response if the food and wine would work together and expanding a little further, “who cares!” The wine was a winner! At around $15, it was also a great value!
Saying my goodbyes, I head home to enjoy the wine and my dinner. Both were wonderful and while maybe not the best choice of wine for the dinner entree, it sure did hit the spot!