What do you think of when you hear of La Rioja? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is a red wine and oak barrels. But the truth is that in La Rioja there is also white wine, and oh boy they’re good! In fact, these past years they have been growing a lot and gradually have become a benchmark of Spanish white wines.
And, like everything in life, there are white Rioja wines for all tastes, from classic to modern, from avant-garde to more complex, going through young fruity or aged and strong. A world of white wine is elaborated in the region for over 2,000 years now, and during some periods like the 17th century, they became even more important than the red ones.
Today, however, Rioja whites have trouble overshadowing reds, which is not always fair considering the high quality of this type of wine in the region. So much so that the D.O. La Rioja is investing efforts to publicize these wines, both for its quality and the gastronomic richness they bring.
For example, a white young, fresh and fruity Rioja is a great choice to pair with pasta, seafood, salads, appetizers or lighter entrees; in the case of white fermented in barrel, nothing better than cheeses, smoked food and blue fish; and if it’s aged on barrel, you can enjoy something stronger like meat dishes and stews.
So, now that there are still several beautiful summer days, please enjoy this type of wine and give it a try at your table, even if it hurts you a bit to leave behind his little red brother for a few days. You will not regret it.
Allende Blanco 2011