Written By Treve Ring Libations / White Wine Feb 2, 2012 Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil 2009 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestTelmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil 2009 Valdeorras DO, Galicia, Spain $24-28 +624353 Available in select private liquor storeswww.telmorodriguez.comWriting about value bottles for the month of January led me to think about the term ‘value’. I am often asked for good ‘value’ wines. What that means depends on who is asking. Some people equate value with an under $10 price tag. Others might use the term for valuable, or rare and hard to find bottles. I agree with both points, but I also like to think of value wines as those that outperform their market price. Wines that you LOVE to stumble across in a blind tasting, pegging the price as double or triple what it retails for. So if it covers one of the points above, I’m content with value. Here in BC, with our liquor taxation system, ‘value’ is relative – I’m comparing apples to apples on this market. Yes – I know you can hop across the border and by the exact same wines for $10, $20, $50 less. Don’t remind me!OK. So how do you find value wines? One way is to pick a lesser-known region on our market, where unknown geography equals lower prices on the shelf. This wine fits the bill (plus is rarely seen, plus tastes beyond its mid-$20’s price – value alert!) Telmo Rodriguez (or T-Rod, as his groupies know him) is a young, passionate Spanish winemaking pioneer – crafting terroir-driven wines from unique vineyards across his country. Instead of the “flying winemaker” moniker, he calls himself a “driving winemaker”, crisscrossing Spain via autopistas. In addition to this wine in the extreme and frontier Valdeorras, Rodriguez makes wines – well, all over the place – see his map below. He specializes in reviving ancient grape varieties and preserving the culture of the region. This wine is 100% Godello [go-DAY-o] grape, from terraced stony, granitic, shallow soils and after time on the lees in stainless steel. The minerality of the soil pierces through the ripe pear flesh of this wine. Granny smith apple, lemon, bitter herbs and lanolin-waxy pear melon flavours are tightened by a bright citrus acidity. Partner with citrus scented scallops, octopus or white fish.89 Points Spainwine review SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.