Once you taste this Verdejo, you’ll wonder why Verdejo isn’t wildly popular given how refreshing, light-bodied and food friendly it is. Think of it as a more interesting, and often better priced, alternative to Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. This Verdejo, from Spain’s warm, arid Castilla y Léon region northeast of Madrid, opens with bright citrus (lime, lemon) and mineral aromas and flavors and offers just a touch of fennel on the finish. As a general pairing rule of thumb, Veredjo pairs well with anything you’d add lime to: tacos, ceviche, thai curry, arroz con pollo or a seafood paella. It will also pair well with sheep’s milk cheese like manchego, pecorino or feta. Vega de Tera winery was created by Miguel Regil, an engineer by trade, and his father-in-law, Manuel Cunarro. Their vineyards are located in Toro and Brime de Urz, where vineyards have been planted since ancient times. Farming and winemaking is done with reference to the biodynamic calendar as the team believes these practices are crucial to making quality wines, and they are certified organic. The priority at Vega de Tera is quality, not quantity, and to make wines that well represent the region. They ferment with indigenous yeasts and age their wines on the fine lees. These processes require extra control and attention throughout production, but it’s worth it for the high quality and character of the wines.