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Albariño, Chardonnay, Riesling and Verdejo: four of a kind of white grapes!

If there’s one thing these four grapes have in common, it’s that they’re the queens of the white varieties, as they’re loved by everyone! The wines made from them are undoubtedly the most sought after on the planet. Let's learn a little more about each of these varieties in order to try to reveal the reason for their success. Are you up for it?

Albariño

This white variety is the queen of Spain; Albariño wines are so versatile that they always triumph. They offer freshness, elegance and a balanced acidity. These are wines with citrus flavors, fruity aromas reminiscent of stone fruits such as apricots but also limes, grapefruit and pears, which are also accompanied by a mineral and saline nuance which goes so well with any seafood products.

The Albariño grape likes a cool climate; it can be found in regions which are humid and not very hot. It’s been compared to another great white grape, Riesling, and it’s even been said that they could both have the same origin. But this vine, although it has its roots very well planted in Galicia, has managed to cross the ocean and we can find it in places like the United States, Argentina and New Zealand, in addition to it being cultivated in other parts of the Spanish geography, of course.

Chardonnay   

Chardonnay is synonymous with elegance: Chardonnay wines are some of the most desirable and expensive on the planet. It’s the absolute sovereign in the kingdom of white grapes and, as such, we all want to have it as close as possible, which is why it’s managed to overtake the Spanish Airén variety and has become the most planted grape in the world.

It’s a grape which can be found in sparkling wines, dry white wines with an interesting acidity and creamy and mature white wines. For example, the extraordinary white wines made from it in its native Burgundy in France, a delicate sample of the elegance and longevity which characterize this white queen, which also knows how to transmit the essence of the terroir where it grows like few others.

Chardonnay wines from cold climates show an interesting acidity, with notes of green apple and citrus, while Chardonnay wines from warm climates show notes of tropical fruits, especially pineapple, ripe peach and mango.

If Chardonnay wines have been aged in oak barrels, they are more full-bodied and tend to have aromas reminiscent of butter, baking spices and vanilla.

Although this variety can present an interesting acidity in wines made in cool climates, the grape's natural acidity is actually reasonably low.

Riesling

Riesling is Germany's flagship grape variety. Riesling wines are elegantly expressive, gastronomic and extraordinarily long-lived, ranging from the driest white wines to very sweet Rieslings.   

This variety gives rise to wines that express fruity and floral nuances where the citric lemon or lime aromas stand out in its youth and notes of pineapple, peach, beeswax or a characteristic and distinctive varietal wine aroma reminiscent of oil or gasoline appear in more mature wines.

Riesling and Germany are practically synonymous, but we can also find it quite easily in Alsace, the only region where it’s authorized in France

It’s a variety that resists the winter very well and when affected by noble rot it’s capable of producing some of the most exquisite and elegant sweet wines in the world. The harmony established between the degree of sugar generated as a result of the drying of the berries by botrytis cinerea and its great acidity is simply captivating.

Riesling can currently be found in Italy, Spain, Austria, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile.

Verdejo

It's the fashionable variety! Verdejo wines are so versatile that they prevail in every bar. They’re very friendly wines whose only aim is to make those who taste them enjoy themselves, so they easily suit all tastes. These wines are ideal for drinking by the glass and their organoleptic characteristics, where no one element stands out above another, make them ideal for pairing with all kinds of food, including spiced or spicy dishes.

In their youth, Verdejo wines offer an exquisite and tropical aromatic range where we can find notes of melon, pineapple, passion fruit, mango and peach which harmonize with the herbaceous and citric fruit nuances they contain. They also have a characteristic bitter touch that rounds off all their nuances.

They are wines which age very well, so we can also find more complex Verdejo wines, with volume and elegant creaminess, delicious notes of almonds, walnuts or honey.

With all the cards on the table, it's your turn to bet. We go all in, because with this four of a kind there’s a good chance of winning. Cheers!

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