Wine of the Week: 2008 Allende White Rioja

Los Angeles Times

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, and Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606,

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