About White Wines from Spain

About White Wines from Spain
Spain today ranks as the third largest wine producing nation, trailing only France and Italy in the category. Vineyards are planted in numerous regions throughout the country and recently tens of thousands of acres have been planted in the La Mancha region, not far from Madrid in the middle of Spain. There are many different types of Spanish wines, ranging from the highly popular and enjoyable sparkling wines known as Cava; these well made wines are reasonably priced. Albariño, a dry, aromatic white from northwestern Spain, has become very popular in the US market, especially as a food wine with Asian or fusion cuisine. Of course, Spain is best known for its red wines. Historically the most famous and highly regarded reds have been from Rioja, but as of late reds from Ribera del Duero and Priorat have helped boost Spain's identity as a country of superior red wines. Finally, there are sherries of exceptional quality in various degrees of dryness and sweetness; these are among the world's greatest and most popular fortified wines.

Top Picks for Spain

White Wines

Bodegas Piqueras 2020 Wild Fermented Verdejo
92 points
$8
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom, honey almonds, bruleed lemon, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of hints of caramelized fruit with a suggestion of oak flavor. A balanced, bright and sunny Verdejo with cheerful floral nuance and excellent balance.
92 points $8 Best Buy
VARA 2019  Viura
89 points
$17
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow peach, pineapple, orange blossom, sun-baked slate, and jasmine with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length finish manifesting notes of clementine and tropical punch with no oak flavor. A delicious, dry-yet-fruity Spanish White with vibrant citrus and floral notes.
Fernandez Gomez 2018 Selección Familia Rioja DOC
88 points
$19.99
Medium straw color. Aromas and flavors of white peach, cream, and vanilla with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of yellow apple and coconut with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich-yet-crisp modern white Rioja.
88 points $19.99
Abadia De San Quirce 2021 Elaborado Sobre Lias Verdejo
87 points
$18
Yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, kiwi, apricot, and pound cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length finish with impressions of hints of banana. A rich, tropical Verdejo that tastes of summer leisure.
Bodega Verde 2019  Macabeo
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apples, golden melon, tea, and wafer cookie with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with suggestions of orange zest and wet stone. A crisp, svelte Spanish White that will pair quite well with shellfish.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Off The Hook NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$9
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon rind, underripe apple, and buttered toast with a lean, soft, dry light body and a seamless, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A simple, soft quaffer.
Radio Boka 2019  Verdejo
84 points
$9.99
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of golden apple, pear puree, and white flowers with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, fast finish with notes of green apple. A smooth, dry yet fruity Spanish White that will play well as an aperitif and at the table.
84 points $9.99
Caballeria de Luna 2019 Spanish White Wine Penedes
84 points
$15.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of lemon-honey tisane and ginko with a soft, shy, dry light body and a polished, quick apple jelly, mango and chamomile finish with no oak flavor. A soft, simple quaffer for anytime sipping.
84 points $15.99
HOM 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$13
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of wild lemon, fresh grass, and crushed stones with a lean, vibrant, dry light body and a tingling, brisk finish that presents notes of gooseberry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Lean and citrus driven; a simple and fresh sauvignon blanc.