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• Pleasant aromas of pineapple, lemon, talc-like minerals and a slight petrol quality. Intriguing and different, it has flavors of tangerine, bell pepper, passion fruit, grapefruit and preserved lemons. Refreshing but not simplistic.
At a recent wine event, an attendee approached me to tell me of her and her husband’s wonderful journey through northwest Spain. She was quite excited by a white wine that she had there.
“Albariño?” I guessed.
“No,” she said, trying desperately to remember.
“Verdejo? Viura? Godello?” I suggested…pretty impressed with myself that I could come up with four varieties from northwest Spain off the cuff.
“No. It was spelled T-R-E-X-something,” she said.
“Hmmm. Never heard of anything like that,” I said, while quietly thinking that this lady is a little “off the beam.”
Turns out I was the one a little off the beam. Spain has more than 140 native varieties and I am clearly not familiar with all of them. A little research showed that the Ribeiro region, just north of the Portuguese border is famous for treixadura, a vibrantly fresh wine grape with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Ribeiro winemakers typically blend treixadura with some of the grapes mentioned above.
No sooner had I closed the book on Ribeiro than I received a sample of Viña Costeira, a wine chock full of treixadura from the Ribeiro region. Figuring it was sign (and that the wine was pretty darned yummy), I felt compelled to bring it to your attention.
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