Every now and then I run into a wine that takes me back to Europe. Like this Paramus Rueda Verdejo 2014, for example. You can find Verdejo in the US, but it’s not very common. I remember it from my days in Spain. I have never understood why wine is cheaper in Spain. Back then… oh boy, I’m dating myself… 10 years ago or so, I could buy a decent wine for the equivalent of $4. If you tell me that you can buy a decent $4 bottle of wine now, remind me to bring my own wine to your next dinner party.
Paramus Rueda Verdejo 2014 is a fresh wine with moderate acidity. Floral, but you still get the white fruits like green apples. The hue is slightly golden green. A good lingering aftertaste that is almost bitter. For a food pairing, I would suggest a big bowl of pasta Alfredo or a lobster mac and cheese. Tell me that doesn’t sound good!
Now that you’re sold on the Paramus Rueda Verdejo 2014… hehe. Let’s talk about verdejo. There are very few wine regions in Europe that specialize in the production of verdejo like the Denominación de Origen (D.O.) of Rueda. When I think of how it’s produced, I want to take my hat off to the winemakers. They wake up very early to harvest the grape. Think crack of dawn, it’s dark out, the roosters are still sleeping. They do this so the grapes enter the cellar at the lower night temperatures instead of the warm day. Lower temperatures translates into less oxidation, or browning of the juice. Less oxidation also means there is less chance of a negative effect on the potential aromas… and that, my dear readers, is the beginning of a wine magic. Cheers!
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Disclosure: I was supplied a sample of Paramus Rueda Verdejo 2014 for media purposes. As always, all opinions are mine and mine alone.