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 Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.