Monday, June 22, 2020

Spanish Wines From González Byass Deliver Value and Flavor

Gonzales Byass WinesIf you seek great buys on distinctive, food-friendly wine, look no further than this trio of Spanish wines.

Beyond Sherry

González Byass is one of Spain’s best-known sherry producers, with roots that date back to 1835. Today the company has broadened its focus and the brand has grown with14 wineries in Spain, Chile, and Mexico, as well as a range of prominent spirits.  

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Always on the quest for quality wines which represent great value, we uncorked these three Spanish bottles from González Byass. We found a range of styles that are pleasing to anyone’s budget.

Sparkly And Light

We love sparkling wine. There’s no better way to set the stage for an evening of entertaining than popping a bottle of bubby. One of the world’s best values in sparkling wine is Cava. We love it for the reasonable price compared with Champagne, but also because it is made in the traditional method, with a second fermentation in the bottle – unlike some other styles of sparkling wine.

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The Vilarnau Brut Reserva is made with 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel.lo – the three classic grape varieties for Cava. Cava Reserva must have a minimum of 15 months of lees aging in the bottle. This is a fresh and fruity wine and while a Brut (or dry) wine, there is a hint of sweetness that will make this popular with most dinner guests. This is an immensely food-friendly wine. At SRP of $15, you can buy six bottles or a case for your next special occasion. We love the eye-catching bottle too.

The most famous white wine in Spain is Albariño.The Pazo de Lusco Albariño comes from  Rias Baixas in the country’s northwestern coastal region of Galacia. This is a wine perfect for seafood or poultry. It has flowing minerality with notes of apple and citrus in the glass. Cold maceration and extended aging on the lees give this wine complexity we hadn’t expected. This is another outstanding bottle at a price of just $21.

A Modern Take On Rioja

For a recent International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association webinar on Rioja, I poured the Beronia 2015 Rioja Reserva. Spain’s most noted red wine, Rioja wines are made primarily with Tempranillo and are known for long aging in American oak barrels.

The Beronia Reserva flips the script for a more modern take on Rioja. The aging is for 19 months in a mix of French and American oak.  American oak is more assertive and leans toward flavor of vanilla and coconut while French oak subtle with notes of savory spice and a silky texture. This contemporary take on Rioja with a lighter hand on oaking is delightful.

The blend for the Beronia is 95% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano, and 1% Mazuelo. The wine is a beautiful deep, black cherry color. It is a medium-weight wine with notes of mint and coco floating over ripe fruit with a touch of spice. This is a balanced wine with rounded texture, fine tannins and a lithe acidity. It is wonderfully drinkable and perfect for roasts, grilled meats, and cheeses. SRP is a very palatable $20.

This trio from González Byass offers value and three distinct styles that are food-friendly and perfect for entertaining or a meal at home with family.

Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.

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