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My 2018 Vanwinefest Recommendations –
White Portuguese and Spanish Wines

I was fortunate to have had the chance to spend 17 days in Barcelona where cava is cheaper than bottled water. Cava for $2.50 a glass – Please senor  poursomemore I would plea, batting my eyelashes at young bartenders before falling off my bar stool. Like most Asian girls, a thimble of wine starts the tipsy scale tipping. So when the Vancouver International Wine Festival announced that this year’s featured countries were Spain and Portugal, I couldn’t stop myself from clicking my castanets and shouting “Ole!”. So the following is my list of Vanwinefest recommendations for Spanish and Portuguese white wines.

Vanwinefest recommendations

I think I love you…. my new wine white is now Spanish cava which I discovered are more fruit forward than other sparkling wines.  Even the Brut Cavas have less of a bite than French Sparkling, but instead feels more like a hickey, a playful nip in the taste buds. And you can’t go wrong with Juvé & Camps or Freixenet – you got to love a wine company that has a car shaped like a champagne bottle (go to the bottom of this post to see the photo I took at the Freixenet vineyard outside Barcelona in 2016).

Spain ARAEX Grands Spanish Fine Wines Villa Conchi Brut Seleccion NV  $14.99 Cava Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada blend. Don’t expect anyone to engage you in a serious conversation about this wine, because it’s just a very light cava with aromas of lemon zest and melon on the palate, that’s very drinkable paired with small talk around the pool..
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Spain Freixenet Carta Nevada Y  $14.99 Cava A light yellow cava with aromas of pears and notes of lemon meringue and mango. Soft bubbles and light acid making it a refreshing wine easy to drink.
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Spain Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava  $15.49 Cava Blend of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo.  It’s a light cava with lots of bubbles with peach and pineapple on the nose and citrus fruit on the palate.
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Spain Freixenet Cordon Rosado Cava  $15.99 Cava Blend of Trepat and Garnacha.  Bright red wine with fine bubbles.  Aroma of red cherries with figs on the palate.  Has a light body. Available in three levels of sweetness: Brut, Dry and Medium Dry.
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Spain Freixenet ELYSSIA Gran Cuvée Cava  $21.49 Cava ELYSSIA Gran Cuvée Cava.  Blend of Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada and Pinot Noir.  Aromas of acacia flowers and peaches with green apples on the palate with a perfect mixture of fruit versus refreshing acidity.
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Spain Juve & Camps Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Cava 2014  $24.99 Cava Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellado, a sheer delight to drink as the tiny bubbles exude green apples aroma and apricots and honey on the palate. A light body cava with tiny bubbles that tickle your fancy rather than punching you in the nose.  Perfect for celebrating any occasion to birthday to I just broke my fingernail.
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Spain Juvé & Camps Cava Sweet   $24.99 Cava 34% Xarel·lo,  33% Macabeo,  33% Parellada. Gold coloured cava with greenish hues, bright and with small bubbles. Has apple jam and honey on the nose and lime zest on the palate with fine bubbles and elegant structure.
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Spain Juvé & Camps Pinot Noir Cava   $24.99 Cava I don’t know what I love more? French Pinot Noir or Spanish Pinot Noir cava. Juve & Camps hits it out of the ballpark again. $24.99 lively bubbles with aromas of red currants and oodles of ripe red fruit on palate with well-balanced acidity that keeps the sweetness in check.
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Spain Parés Baltà / Gratavinum Pares Balta – Brut Cava  $17.99 Cava Parellada, Xarel.lo, Macabeo. Pale yellow colour with ripe pear and apple on the nose and citrus fruit on the palate.  Soft wine with pleasant finish, so soft in fact that iI consider it more of a smooth talker than a Brut.
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Spain Segura Viudas Brut Rosada Cava  $15.99 Cava Trepat 90%, Garnache 10%. Red wine with pink hints with aromas of strawberry and red currants and ripe cherries on the palate. Refreshing wine with a soft finish, easy to drink.
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Spain Segura Viudas Reserva Brut cava   $15.99 Cava Light pineapple aromas and honey dew on palate and well-balanced acidity.  So easy to drink by oneself in the closet or in a company of loud friends whose laughs matches your’s.
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Spain Bodegas Gran Fuedo Baluarte Muscat 2016 $13.99 Moscatel Muscat Blanc.  If you love Muscats, then this you must buy as it’s a real crowd pleaser with  lovely aromas of apricot and luscious tropical fruit  on palate. There’s a touch of acidity to keep it interesting.
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Portugal Companhia Agrícola do Sanguinhal Sottal Lisboa 2016 ($19.60 at Firefly Wines) Moscatel Moscatel.  This is a light bodied white wine with aromas of lychee and honey and honeydew on the palate, making it one of those wines that  pairs perfectly with a hot summer day.
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Spain Torres Vina Esmeralda  $15.99 Moscatel Moscatel and Gewürztraminer. This is a light green wine which is easy to drink wine with aromas of peach and honeydew on the palate with a very light body.
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Spain Bodega Sierra Norte / Bodegas Elias Mora / Losado Vinos de Finca Sierra Norte Pasion de Bobal Rosado 2012  $15 Rose Bobal 100%.  Light aromas of red cherries and pink grapefruit on the palate.  It has low acid, making it a rosé that is easy to drink.
Spain Familia Castaño Castaño Monastrell Rosado Semidulce Vinos y Rosas $11.29 Rose Monastrell 90%, Syrah 5% and Cabernet Sauvignon 5%. A very typical rose that’s easy to drink as there are luscious ripe strawberries aromas and bright red cherries on the palate with lively acidity and is just a touch sweet.
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Spain Grupo Chivite TRY IT Chivite Las Fincas Rosado 2016 Rose 65% Garnacha 35% Tempranillo.  Pale pink wine with an intense stone fruit, pomegranate and berries and smooth palate with grapefruit and well-balanced acidity.
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Spain Juvé & Camps Cava Brut Rose $24.99 Rose Pinot Noir. Bright red rose with honey aromas and cherry and strawberry on the palate.  Intense with an aromatic finish.
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Spain Rioja Vega / Príncipe de Viana Príncipe de Viana edicion Rosa $21.99 Rosé Garnacha 100%.  A bright pink rose which has a light body with red cherry aromas and pink grapefruit on the palate.
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Portugal Aveleda Aveleda Alvarinho  $14.49 White Alvarinho 100%.  Light yellow wine with lime zest aromas and passion fruit on the palate.  Very fruit forward wine with well-balanced acidity.
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Portugal Aveleda Casual Garcia Vinho Verde  $11.49 White Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto and Azal.  Light green fruit forward wine with  aromas of green apples and citrus notes.   Light and refreshing body making it easy to casually drink in an hour
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Spain CVNE – Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España Cune Monopole Blanco  $18.99 White Macabeo and Viura.  Fresh melon aromas and lime zest on the palate with well-balanced acidity.
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Spain Dominio de Punctum Viento Aliseo Viognier 2017  $16 White Viognier 100%.  Light aromas of green apple and lime zest on the palate with well-balanced acidity.
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Portugal João Portugal Ramos Vinhos Duorum Vinhos Alentejo Pouca Roupa White 2016    $15.99 White Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Viosinho.  Light green color with aroma of tropical fruits and citrus fruits on palate. Well-balanced acidity with a long crisp finish.
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Spain Les Vins Bonhomme El Petit Bonhomme Blanco (Verdejo) – Rueda  $13.49 White 100% Verdejo. a pale yellow wine with citrus aromas and peach on the palate with well-balanced acidity.
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Lookup Liberalia Enologica Pajarita Toro White Verdejo 100%. Light green wine with minerality with aromas of green apples and melon on the palate.
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Spain Torres Pazo das Bruxas 2016 $24.89 White Albarino 100%.  Light yellow aromas of pineapple and green apple with limestone on the palate.
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Spain Campo Viejo Viura Tempranillo blanco $16 White Tempranillo Blanco and Viura.  Yellow fruit forward wine with aromas of peaches and  pear on the palate.  Lively acidity with a long fruity finish.
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Spain Muriel Wines Conde de las Andes White Viura 100%.  Pale yellow wine with aromas of lemon zest and guava on palate. Very low acidic wine that is easy to drink.
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Spain Segura Viudas Vionta Albarino  $23.49 White Albanino 100%.  Aromas of pineapple and green apple on palate  and low acidity.
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Author

Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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