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The white Spanish wine of the Albariño must be made exclusively with this variety of grape. It is a taut, fresh and crackling wine with much class and a delicate taste in which the upper notes are floral and fruity. Drink temperature for this Spanish wine: 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).

 

Ribeiro

Ribeiro is inland from elongated Rías Baixas in the province of Orense. Ribeiro was once a famous centre for the export of Galician Spanish wine. When the rest of Europe improved its methods of winemaking, Ribeiro did not keep up and became somewhat overlooked. The quality of the Spanish wine produced here left much to be desired and was certainly not up to the standards of Rías Baixas.

Much has changed though since both domestic and foreign investment has been attracted to the area. The Spanish wine-making equipment is greatly improved and large Spanish-style bodegas have been built to cope with the planned development. Ribeiro is in the ascendancy at the moment. The white and red wines from Ribeiro are first class Spanish wines for daily consumption but a few superb ones can be discovered among them.

The white wine made with Treixadura grapes, sometimes supplemented with grapes such as Palomino, Torrontes, Albariño, Loureira, Godello, or Macabeo. The better quality Spanish wines tend to be made with Albariño. Drink this Spanish wine at: 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).

Most red wine is made with Cañio grapes, supplemented with others such as Garnacha and Mencfa, and is light but fairly high in tannin. The better Spanish wines are made with Garnacha and are somewhat more full-bodied. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine: 53.6-59°F (12-15°C) depending on the quality. Do not chill if possible. The rose Spanish wine is fresh, fruity, and light. Drink this rose Spanish wine at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

 

RIBEIRA SACRA

The Spanish vineyards of this area lie on terraces in the picturesque landscape of the provinces of Lugo and Orense. The white Spanisch wines here are made from Albariño, Treixadura, Godello, Loureira, Torrontes, and Palomino, and are very similar to those of Ribeiro, but often with less freshness to them. The reds made with grapes such as Mencía, Alicante, Cañio, Sousón, and Garnacha are of acceptable quality. Much has been invested here too in replacement or renewal of the vineyards, winemaking equipment, and storage areas so that quality is likely to improve rapidly. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C) for white wine and 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C) for red Spanish wine.

 

MONTERREI

This DO still has to establish itself. The quality is moderate to acceptable for a Spanish wine. Despite this the area has gained its own DO nomination. This Spanish wines here are principally made from the white Palomino, Godello (also known as Verdelho here) and Doña Blanca grapes, and the red Alicante and Mencía grapes. The best whites and reds are fresh and fruity. This Spanish wines have a relatively low alcoholic content.

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