I made chicken pot pie tonight. I sauteed everything in the Finca Nueva.  I always tell my customers that you shouldn’t cook with something you wouldn’t drink.  I def drink this.


Me and friends at Finca Nueva with Miguel.


Look at that color.  I know you just are tempted. Now get off your butt and go get some.

Where do you start, the color, that drop dead gorgeous gold. I grew up in the tExas country side and I do know what the sun looks like on a hot summer day, or the color of corn silk glistening in that sun. That is the color you find here.

What about Rioja. Rioja is one of the best known DOC in Spain. Grapes have been harvested in this area for more than a thousand years. Best known for it’s reds it does produce high quality whites too. Finca Nueva Blanco boasts 100% Viura grapes. Rioja is also known for it’s use of oak aging. Consistent with its Northern neighbor – Bordeaux.

Bodega Finca Nueva is a project lead by wine maker Miguel Angel de Gregorio. I had the very distinct pleasure of visiting his winery several years ago. I highly recommend the trip and visiting the winery. Miguel is also the winemaker at Allende.

The Finca Nueva Blanco has a nose that reminds me of a bright summer day in the garden. The fresh orchard smells and cut grass. the mouth has a distinct citrus notes with hints of vanilla. Full mouth feel balanced acidity. A light refreshing wine that is perfect with chicken or fish. Enjoyable, it is my alternative to Sauv Blanc. Spanish wines also have an advantage. They are usually a better price and quality than you find in other places. This one was under 10.



Spanish wines have been a favorite for a long time. Reds mostly , but from time to time I come across an exceptional white, and this is one.  Senorio De Nava from Rueda.  Rueda is a DOC in North Central Spain, mainly known for Verdejo.  This wine is made from Verdejo, a lite citrus style grape, and Viura.  Viura is also known as Macabeo-usually used as a blending grape.  Verdejo is one of the most common white grape varities with a style similar to Sauvignon Blanc.

The Senorio de Nava winery was founded in 1986.  Young in wine age.  They are known for being the first to use French oak barrels for aging.  This wine is perfect for seafood and light meals. Aromas of fresh fields (if that is a thing, but I bet you imagined what I was talking about).  Perfectly balanced. Light acidity.  Elegant citrus notes that are not overwhelming.  An easy drinking very approachable wine.

I did pair this with a shrimp and pasta dish that just called for a wine that would compliment the flavors.  Butter and lemon, garlic and seasonings, what else do you need.