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Wine of the week: 2008 Allende White Rioja

Looking for an alternative to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc? Lately, some interesting whites are coming out of Rioja, and Allende’s Rioja Blanca is one of them.

A blend of Viura and Malvasia aged in French oak, the 2008 is a rich, almost oily wine, with an extravagant scent, from this relatively new estate. It’s made in a more modern style than the oxidized whites of the past, crisper and more lively.

Drink it with seafood tapas, paella, chicken with rice or any white meat.
A blend of Viura and Malvasia aged in French oak, the 2008 Allende White Rioja is a rich, almost oily wine, with an extravagant scent, from a relatively new estate. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)
A blend of Viura and Malvasia aged in French oak, the 2008 Allende White Rioja is a rich, almost oily wine, with an extravagant scent, from a relatively new estate. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)

● Region: Rioja, Spain

● Price: $22 to $28

● Style: Rich and fragrant

● What it goes with: Seafood tapas, paella, chicken

By S. Irene Virbila

(Los Angeles Times)

(MCT Information Services)
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