The Verdejo Grape
That Verdejo tho... One of my favorite grapes to enjoy when I partake in white wine, so much so, that I thought I would take a moment and dive into its origins and characteristics.
Many believe this grape originated in Northern Africa. Although this remains inconclusive, what is known is that it has found a nourishing home in the pleasant climate of Central Spain.
Full bodied and aromatic, the Verdejo grape is commonly compared to its more famous cousin Mr. Sauvignon Blanc and holds some similarities with the Albarino grape as well. Interestingly enough, in order to promote the best vinification process and control the temperature the grapes must be harvested at night! They are then fermented in stainless steel.
This remarkable combination of wine making techniques results in a well-rounded, complex and inviting wine juice that we have come to know and love as Verdejo. When sampling a Verdejo (which you should do immediately if you have not!) expect some bright and balanced acidity with prevailing green apple, lemon, kiwi, pear and honeysuckle. Some carry hints of mushroom, fennel and a touch of grass.
This wine should be enjoyed chilled which compliments its dry structure. This grape is almost exclusively found in Spain and until very recently almost exclusively consumed in the Eastern Hemisphere. We need to put an end to this. Everyone merits the opportunity to give this enticing grape a try! If your in Miami I highly recommend stopping by at Checkers Liquor Store and grabbing a Simbolo Verdejo, you wont regret it!
A White Wine Drinker