wines that blur borders

Sumary of Wines that blur borders:

  • Coto de Gomariz The Flower and the Bee, Ribeiro, Spain 2019 (from £15.50, woodwinters.com;
  • This sense of shared winemaking ways and styles is also very much apparent in the northwestern corner of Iberia, home to wines such as this subtly honeyed and floral (it’s aptly named), superbly tangy, mouthfilling dry white from the Galician side of the Spanish-Portuguese border.Vale dos Pombos Vinho Verde, Portugal 2020 (£6, the Co-op) The Flower and the Bee is a quite lovely example of treixadura, which is not perhaps one of the best known varieties used in this part of the world, but is responsible for some of my favourites in the Ribeiro area of Galicia.
  • Another treixadura-based stunner is the equally aromatic, breezy, blossomy, herby and salty-seasoned Gallina de Piel Manar dos Seixas Ribeiro 2019 (£19.95, nywines.co.uk), the work of David Seijas, who used to be sommelier at the legendary Catalan restaurant El Bullí.
  • South of the border, where it goes by its Portuguese name, trajadura is most often one of handful of grapes blended together in the classic recipe used in the white wines of Vinho Verde, which, in the shape of Vale dos Pombos’s spritzy, apple and lime, sweet-sour, low-in-alcohol (9.5% abv) example makes for an unbeatably refreshing picnic wine.Te Awa Left Field Albariño, Gisborne, New Zealand 2020 (£13.75, Waitrose) Trajadura/treixadura is not the only rising grape star in Galicia and Vinho Verde.

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