White wine from Spain is tops with Brit experts

THE recent London-based Wines from Spain Awards 2019 reveals the top-100 favourites among British experts, and three whites have been given prizes.
During a blind testing, oenologists, or “Masters of Wine”, as they are known in the UK, named three brands from as many bodegas from the 2018 crop. And one of them is available “on tap”.
The white which won “best value for money” was the Castelo de Medina Verdejo 2018, from the Castelo de Medina wine merchants’ and using the Verdejo grape variety.
“Best newly-discovered” white was Pansa Blanca 2018, from the Raventós de Alella bodega.
And best premium white was Malvasía Seco Colección 2018, which comes from the oldest wine merchants in the Canary Islands: Bodegas El Grifo, in Lanzarote.
“El Grifo” translates as “the tap”, meaning the range known as “El Grifo Seco” means, effectively, “dry tap”.
But there must be plenty of it flowing because it is one of the most-exported Spanish wines to the UK, and is well-known throughout the Canary Islands and the mainland.
El Grifo’s Malvasía 2018 is pale-yellow in colour, with green, shimmering flecks when held under the light, and floral aromas such as saffron and jasmine and notes of “stone fruit” such as apricots and peaches, with plenty of volume and a long finish, is said to be ideal for accompanying fish and seafood.
Its unique flavour comes from its grapes, grown in the volcanic, ash-covered territory which forms the landscape in the La Geria valley, Lanzarote (pictured), where the El Grifo bodega is based.
El Grifo, founded in 1775, means it is now 244 years old, and one of Spain’s 10 oldest wine merchants.
Whether it is Britain’s favourite, or just that of the “Masters of Wine” in London, will depend largely upon subjective tastes, and also on the price!
Residents in the UK are used to paying far more for their wine than anyone has to in Spain. But apart from special occasions, most Brits would seek out as much of a bargain as possible without compromising on quality.
In this case, El Grifo is a double hit, and, though up to five times the price of a bottle of Spain’s cheap, but decent, supermarket plonk, the online price of the award-winning premium Malvasía Seco Colección 2018 comes in at €14.50.
That’s far from breaking the bank in Spain, and only slightly above average in the UK.

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