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2010 Bodega Eduardo Peña 'María Andrea'

August 25, 2011|By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
  • Maria Andrea wine.
Maria Andrea wine. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles…)

I'm always on the lookout for something other than Chardonnay or even Sauvignon Blanc for a warm weather white. Recently I tasted the 2010 "María Andrea" from Bodega Eduardo Peña in Galicia. Brought in by the excellent local importer Antalva Imports in Los Angeles, Maria Andrea is an unusual blend — 40% Trexiadura (watch for that one on your next wine test) with the remainder equal parts Albariño, Godello and Loureira.

The wine sees no oak, so the fruit comes through strong and clear. Dry and crisp, it carries notes of lemon and flowers, and the taste of almonds and honey lingers after the last sip.

With a dish of olives and almonds, it makes a delightful aperitif. Try it with crostini topped with gravlax or sardines. It also works well with seafood salads, pasta dishes and summery vegetable casseroles.

Region: Ribeiro D.O., Galicia, Spain

Price: About $18

Style: Dry and crisp

What it goes with: Seafood salads, pasta dishes, mezze and vegetable casseroles.

Where to find it: The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, (310) 278-2855 and (800) 547-1515; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,; Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese in Los Angeles, (323) 856-8699,; Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, (310) 392-7816,; Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,; Topline Wine & Spirits in Glendale, (818) 500-9670,; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111,; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX,

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