(Monday's here... time to vote on the wine. We ended up with the back-up bottle, the 2002 Cune Monopole ($7.99) - also 100% Viura, and loved it. Maxwell says "long live the Spanish!")
Name: 2004 Quinta Hinojal Viura Grape: Macabeo Region: Spain Price: $9.99 This week's pick, the Quinta Hinojal Viura 2004, comes from Astor's delightful "Top Ten under Ten" page. I've chosen what sounds to be a delicious, fun white wine to celebrate the coming spring-like temperatures. Viura, also know as Macabeo, is a Spanish grape that is generally used to make the delicious sparkling wine, Cava. Macabeo grown in the Castilla y Leon region should produce a dry, crisp, light and refreshing wine that is best consumed young. Astor describes it with "hints of lime" which sounds interesting and very spring-like. I imagine this wine to be the perfect pairing with seafood, especially something light and delicate like steamed mussels and clams. Stores: Astor Wines (12 Astor Place) and Beacon Wines (2120 Broadway between 74th and 75th Streets) *UPDATE: we just returned from Astor and they're out of the Hinojal, but suggested as a replacement the 2002 Cune Monopole ($7.99) - also 100% Viura.