Join us on Verdejo Day, June 12th, for a toast to this unique variety that grows notably in the Rueda region of Spain as well as several key regions. John Szabo and Sara d’Amato will explore the terroir, the stories behind the wines and their top picks of wines in-market.
-Marques de Riscal 2019 Rueda $14.75 (LCBO #36822)
-Cuatro Rayas 2018 Vendemio Nocturna Rueda $13.95 (LCBO #14028)
-Honoro Vera 2018 Blanco Rueda $12.70 (LCBO #533224)
-El Abuelo 2019 Verdejo/Sauvignon Blanc, Almansa $9.95 (LCBO #11586)
-Jose Pariente 2016 Rueda $17.95 (LCBO #345058)
What is Verdejo?
Never heard of Verdejo? It’s not surprising as this grape variety is rarely grown outside of Spain, and most notably, in the high plains of the north-central region of Rueda. Not flocked to by tourists, this placid area is known for its vibrant wines, pine nuts and sheep’s milk cheese. Not to be confused by the Portuguese verdelho grape, verdejo has been grown in Rueda for over 1,000 years. The grape lost its spotlight until its caused was championed by Marqués de Riscal in the 1970s and later usurped palomino as the dominant grape variety in the region. Often compared to sauvignon blanc, verdejo’s wine style varies considerably from light and vivacious to rich and toasty.
What to expect
John Szabo and Sara d’Amato will take you on a virtual tour of Verdejo growing regions, its winemakers and its stories. They will share their top in-market picks of verdejo-dominant whites and discuss their favourite food pairings. Expect a fun and informal setting where you can interact by asking questions and taste along if you so choose. A list of the wines discussed will be provided before and after the session. Tune in, take a sip and be carried away to distant plains. We welcome you to challenge the experts and expand your wine horizons.