Wine of the week: Blume Verdejo 2015

Hey, wine geeks: Why orange wine and not verdejo?

The wine geeks spend their time telling us about orange wine and Greek wine and a bunch of other stuff that is usually expensive and that we can’t buy. So why have they overlooked verdejo, a Spanish white grape that is used to make terrific cheap wine?

The word plebeian comes to mind, because they are wine geeks and that’s how they view the world. But if the biggest problem with the Blume Verdejo ($9, purchased, 13%) is that it’s too common, then we need more wine like this.

Verdejo produces a tart, citrusy wine that is often compared to sauvignon blanc, but it approaches those qualities from a different direction. I like to think of it as the difference between Woody Allen and Mel Brooks movies. Both make you laugh, but in a different way.

This vintage of the Blume verdejo has white grapefruit, some herbal aromas, and a clean, crisp finish. It’s not especially subtle and not overly complicated, but it’s still enjoyable and a terrific value. Drink this chilled on its own, or with almost any summer dinner that isn’t red meat.

Highly recommended, and a candidate for the 2016 $10 Hall of Fame.

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