Ever heard of the grape Viura? Perhaps you know it as Macabeo. Either way, it’s a white wine grape used in Spain’s Rioja region and in the southernmost region of France. The Viura grape is one of the three that goes into Spanish sparkling wine, Cava. But, it can also be used on its own to make still wine.

Depending on how it is grown and used. If picked early and aged in stainless steel, the wines can be fresh, floral, and aromatic. Or, if harvested later and aged in oak you can expect heavier, more honeyed, and nuttier tastes.

This pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, mango salad, white pizza, risotto, Manchego cheese, or Gouda cheese…or an easy drink at a party. Sounds like summer time to me.