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Oro de Castilla Verdejo Rueda 2010

Back By Aziz Bellarbi Salah

Oro de Castilla Verdejo Rueda 2010:

This Spanish wine is often compared to Sauvignon Blanc, though it actually has very little in common with its better-known countervarietal. Both have a citrus flavor, but the Castilla is a much richer, fuller wine. The finish is almost oak-like, although it doesn’t have any oak aging. It has a light, crisp, mineral-driven flavor with notes of light headcheese balanced with earthiness and floral hints at the finish.

Where to find it:

Aioli Bodega Española ( in midtown Sacramento, or online at

What to eat with this wine:

Salpicon de pulpo — octopus with potatoes, onions, roasted pepper and a light sprinkle of red chili flakes.

Aziz Bellarbi Salah is the general manager of Aioli Bodega Española in Sacramento.

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