This week we again welcome Bryant Phillips to our occasional column Wine Shop Wednesday. You may remember Bryant from Sturkey’s or Chalk. Currently you can find him at the excellent Wise Owl Wine Bar in West Chester. If you’re anywhere near IKEA, you’re near the Wise Owl. Stop by and have a drink – it’s worth it. I visit whenever I’m on my way home from meetings in Dayton.
This week he turns us onto an excellent white wine to kick off your summer.
If you read last week’s post, you already know how I feel about Spanish Whites. The Godeval from last week got me thinking about the region itself and Rias Biaxas was a logical next step.
Albariño is widely accepted as the quintessential cheese wine. It’s typical round an juicy texture stands up the your triple cream cheeses like Camembert, while its medium acidity wont overpower sharper and harder cheeses.
So we know that Albariño works with cheese, what else?
For me the grape, and La Cana in particular exhibits some really great stone fruit notes, think juicy white peach that ends up all over your fingers and chin. While it does have some pleasant floral aromatics, these wines are never incredibly complex. I think there is more depth to the La Cana than is usually the case for Albariño, but I also believe the simplicity of these wines are profound in their understatedness.
Every Sunday for the last few weeks I have been at some friend or family members house nibbling on a selection of killer cheese before throwing some dead animal on a fire. Every Sunday for the next few weeks I will be bringing a bottle of this stellar wine.
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