I'm always happy to pop open a bottle of Rueda, and this one, the Shaya Verdejo "old vines" from Bodegas Aldeanueva doesn't disappoint. Intensely aromatic with hints of citrus and melon, it's bright and focused, a stunning example of white wine from the region.
Drink it with oysters or clams on the half shell, chilled shrimp and seafood platters, seared scallops or a fish stew.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Region: Rueda, Spain
Price: About $13
Style: Aromatic and minerally
What it goes with: oysters, clams, seafood platters, scallops or fish stew
Where to find it: John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, www.john; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines.com; Vendome Liquors in Beverly Hills, (310) 276-9463; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX, www.winex.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111; and farther north, 15 Degrees C Wine Shop & Bar in Templeton, (805) 434-1554.