Spanish White Wines to Try Now

The beautiful and outstanding red wines from Spain are top-rated among many wine drinkers. The reds are aged to perfection, and the prices in general are very much on the side of the consumer. The white wines from Spain take a backseat to the reds. For the life of me, I cannot understand why. There are three excellent reasons to purchase and try Spanish White wines: First of all, they are great-tasting wines. Secondly, the grape varieties are far different from the usual fare and, finally, wine drinkers get a lot of Bang-for-the-Buck from these wines.

Spanish wine white
The delicious and flavorful Garnacha Blanca – terrific with the Tapa Pimientos de Padron

Over the last two weeks, our Vintage Wine Tasting Club members began a quest to taste several Spanish white wines. Here are the Spanish White wines you should be drinking now.

2017 Botijo Blanco – Garnacha Blanca

Garnacha Blanca white Spanish wine

Joe F recommends the 2017 Botijo Blanco, a 100% Garnacha Blanca grape from the area of Valdejalón, in the province of Zaragoza, in North-East Spain. It is at the Bacchus Wine Shop in Millbrae for $14.99 or the three Cask stores in San Francisco for $17.99. “I found this wine to be a delicious, medium-dry wine and to be light and refreshing, with a lingering fruit-forward aftertaste. I would serve it as an aperitif or with crab, seafood linguine or light meats. It is low in alcohol at 13.5%.” 

2019 Vinos del Viento Garnacha Blanca

I recommend another Garnacha Blanca, the Vinos del Vento, from the Somontano Region in Aragon. Interestingly, the Vinos del Vento is 85% Garnacha Blanca and 15% Chardonnay. The wine appears to be an exclusive import for KL Wines. The price is $12.99, and that is an outstanding value. This Garnacha Blanca has a beautiful minerality thread, along with light lime and lemon, and some floral character. Delicious, and I will certainly buy again. 89 Points

2018 Martin Codax Albariño

Albarino a Spanish white wine

Jim recommends the delicious and fragrant 2018 Martin Codax Albariño. Jim is mostly a red wine drinker, but loved the refreshing taste of this Albariño. The wine has a 93- Point rating from Wines & Spirits. You’ll find this wine at many stores, including the BevMo stores, for $15.

In 2007, Janelle and I visited the Martin Codax winery during the rush of the harvest. It was a memorable experience that we will always remember. We love lifting a glass of Albariño wine and toasting to that fantastic trip. Here is a look at that experience at Martin Codax.

2017 Gomez Cruzado Blanco – Rioja

Vidura a white wine from Spain
85% Vidura and 15% Tempranillo Blanco

Mike’s recommendation is the 2017 Gomez Cruzado Blanco at KL Wines for $15.00. Mike says: “I am delighted with the style and components of this wine. There’s a lemon-white flower component that gives a lift to the aromatics. The wine has a lovely gold color. It is medium-bodied, with beautiful acidity and a solid finish. It is clean and fresh. The wine is 85% Vidura and the rest Tempranillo Blanco. 89 Points.”   

2019 Txomin Etxaniz Txacoli

Txomin a Spanish white wine
From the Basque Country

Bruce chose this exciting wine from Spain’s Basque Country, the southern edge of the Bay of Biscay, where it is rocky and wet. For those who have tried Txacoli, you are familiar with this dry white that has some effervescence. It is poured from high at arm’s length into a tall glass. The Txomin Etxaniz has 15% red grapes for an added touch. Bruce likes the dry and crisp flavor plus the bubbly aspect. It is an enjoyable wine—Weimax Wines for $24.99.

2018 Gaba do Xil

Godello grape for Spanish white wine

The 2018 Gaba do Xil is from the Valdeorras region in Northwestern Spain, along the Atlantic coast (cold and wet). Both vintage tasters George and Bruce like this wine. Two notably factors, the wine is 100% Godello grape, and the winemaker is one of Spain’s most famous, Telmo Rodriquez. There is a good amount of fresh pear, peach, and melon, plus a slight effervescence. The price is $21.99 at Weimax Wines.

2018 Gratias “Sol”

Tardana – an unusual Spanish white wine

The Gratias Sol is 100% Tardana, a grape that is only grown in chalky clay soil in an area outside of Valencia. What makes it unusual is that it is harvested after the red grapes almost into December. Ray likes the wine, but not enough to go back and buy more at this price. The wine is at the Table Wine Merchant in Pacifica, CA. for $24.99

What Spanish white wines can you recommend? Surely, you have a few favorites to suggest to the readers of GoodCheapVino.com.

Comments

  1. Once again full of pictures and recommendations. Readers get a lot of information and directions for aquiring different high quality varietals not often seen on local retail shelves. Bravo!!!

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