Are you bored of Pinot Grigio? Fed up of Sauvignon Blanc? There are other grape varieties out there!
So far my Grape Dates series is focusing on the classics, but personally I love to throw caution to the wind and pick up something different every now and then.
One of the wines that features heavily on my go-to list of unusual grape varieties is Godello.
Originating from the northern region of Galicia in Spain, the best examples are found in Valdeorras which hug the river Sil. The wines are dry and full of fruit flavours such as peach, pear, lemon and they can have a mineral (wet slate) edge too – kind of like a Chablis.
Godello is generally weighty too, especially for a white wine, which makes it a great partner for food.
But what kind of food? Well, it has such refreshing acidity too that it works really well with seafood. In fact, it kind of acts like a little squeeze of lemon would on your fish dish. Except, it’s a much more delicious and alcoholic version of course.
As the wine can definitely stand up to richer flavours I went for an oriental flavour combination (you mayhave noticed that there is a theme recently); miso glazed cod with pak choi dressed with a nutty sesame dressing. The recipe I used was from the Hairy Bikers.
If you fancy getting stuck into some Godello this Easter, then here are some of my recommendations:
Finest* Godello, Spain (£7.49, Tesco)
Valdesil Godello Valdeorras, Spain (Waitrose, £15.99)
Martin Codax As Caixas Godellom Rias Baixas, Spain (Majestic, £9.99)