This week my study group focused on Spain. Spain is renowned for many great wines, so it was hard to choose what to bring as a sample. In the Jerez area, Sherry is King. I found an interesting bottle of a still white wine made from the Palomino grape, which is one of the principal grapes of sherry production in Spain. The Vino de La Tierra de Cadiz, 2015 Barbadillo, Castillo de San Diego, white wine from Cadiz, Spain was a very pleasant surprise! Made from 100% Palomino grapes, this dry white wine showcases aromas of fresh fruit and citrus and the palate had notes of pineapple, citrus and kiwi. The mouth feel was slightly creamy and smooth. It has 12% alcohol and would pair well with fish, cheese and Japanese food. The winery also won winery of the year in 2015 by the Guia Penin, a distinctive Spanish wine guide. So whether you are choosing Sherry or still wine the Palomino grape is very versatile. Salud!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.