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White blend

Certain conservative elements in the religion that is wine worship may shout in protest since this is, after all, white Rioja. Normally, that means traditionally local Spanish varieties such as viura and garnacha blanca. Here's a wine made entirely from sauvignon blanc, a French intruder now permitted for cultivation in the Rioja region. It's certainly not traditional but this is compelling sauvignon, light and brimming with Spanish sunshine. It hints at crisp peach and tropical fruit, turning pleasantly dry and chalky, as in a parched Spanish landscape

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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