Looking for an alternative to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc? Lately, some interesting whites are coming out of Rioja, and Allende's Rioja blanca is one of them. A blend of Viura and Malvasia aged in French oak, the 2008 is a rich, almost oily wine, with an extravagant scent, from this relatively new estate. It's made in a more modern style than the oxidized whites of the past, crisper and more lively.
Drink it with seafood tapas, paella, chicken with rice or any white meat.
Region: Rioja, Spain
Price: $22 to $28
Style: Rich and fragrant
What it goes with: Seafood tapas, paella, chicken
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net and Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com.