Last Sip of Summer

For better or worse, late September in Chicago has been: HOT. While I’m mentally ready for autumn, the 95 degree days simply can’t be ignored. For now, I’m holding off on sweaters, boots and sipping Cabernet — and embracing dresses, sandals and crisp whites. A fun opportunity arose to try a collection of white wines from Rueda, a prominent wine region of Spain. (If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, you will love this wine.) It’s refreshing, crisp, vibrant — and Spain’s most popular white wine, referred to as Rueda ‘Verdejo.’
Verdejo is a white grape that’s been growing all over Spain, predominately in the northern Rueda region, for many centuries. Rueda Verdejo wines are known for their bright citrus qualities, as well as balanced acidity, freshness and versatility. And how about food pairings? I put it to the test.
According to its flavor profile, this wine pairs especially well with shellfish, cheese, vegetables and spicy foods. In the name of research (wink, wink)… I created a charcuterie tray featuring featuring prosciutto, Italian salami, assorted olives, peppers, dried fruits, sliced pear, grapes, a mix of cheeses (I especially love Sartori cheese) and a variety of crackers. All delicious!
Here are the 3 wines I tried: Jose Pariente Verdejo 2015Marques de Riscal Blanco Rueda 2015 and Telmo Rodriguez Basa White 2015 (all $20 and under). Make sure to keep an eye out for the Rueda logo when you’re shopping at your local wine store. You can also find Rueda wines on (use the code “RUEDA” to take 10% off your order).

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