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The little-known Godello grape makes
some of Spain’s most compelling white wines,
like this crisp, silky example from Valdesil.
What You Need To Know
Fans of Spain’s zesty Albariños
should give Godello a try. Both grapes are from Galicia, the damp,
green region on the country’s northwest coast, though Godello
grows best a little inland, on the warmer hillsides of the Sil River
Valley. Its melony-citrus fruit and chalky minerality make it a
superb food wine. This example from Valdesil, a leading familyowned
winery with a long history in the region, is aged on its lees
(sobre lías). “Lees” are the yeasts leftover from fermentation, and
they give this bright, dense wine a creamy edge.
Stony citrus and
yellow plum scents.
Minerally and complex, with
silky citrus and melon notes.
Nearly any zesty seafood
or vegetable dish.