Hot days demand refreshing wines and this wine is sure to fit the bill. A blend of two crisp varietals: Macabeo & the rare Grenache Blanc, the 2005 Espelt Blanc is clean and dry with bright mineral tones and citrus fruit. The grapes are grown in Spain's northwest region of Catalonia, the Costa Brava area, which literally translates to "rugged coast". This dramatic coastline is not only home to some exciting white wines but also provided inspiration for both Salvador Dali & Pablo Picasso.
Light, crisp wines like these can be transportive during summer's dog days. One sip taking you out of the sticky heat; to the beach, paint brush in hand, ready to create your masterpiece. Or at least you'll be inspired to find the nearest roof deck!
Look to the foods of the region when trying to pair this wine; Manchego, Shellfish, Crisp salads and summer veggies.
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