Amidst some good trivia in this cool ten point summary of Spain and its wine at Enobytes, the top two points on “next big red” and “next big white” are worth paying attention to. With all the attention I have given to Albarino and Tempranillo, I was blindsided by the amazing quality of Mencia first time I tried it. And, they are super bargains. Never had Godello, allegedly the future white wine star, but it looks like a good bet and probably worth looking for.
1. The next big white: I know many of you have a long time love affair with Albariño, and who can blame you? She’s rich and tart, with unrivaled character and finesse. But if you’re looking to cheat on Albariño, try Godello. It’s a superbly perfumed, aromatic white with arrays of mineral, peach and melon with zesty lemon-lime undertones. I wasn’t expecting to cheat on Albariño, but when mistress Godello does a little table dance, she’s hard to ignore. Native to Galicia, Godello’s home is tucked away in a remote and rustic region known as Valdeorras although smaller plantings are found in the Bierzo Denominación de Origen (DO). So now that you are in the know, keep your eyes peeled for Godello’s rising stardom.
2. The next big red: Everyone’s familiar with Spanish Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta and Monastrell, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Think Mencía. It’s not a well-known grape here in the U.S. but I predict it’s popularity will increase in the coming years.