Rueda is a landlocked appellation in the north-central part of Spain, situated along and just south of the steep slopes of the Duero river. Vines flourish here because the stony, sand and clay rich soils act like AC units for the vines, holding the cool air from nighttime temperature lows to help the plants survive the hot sunny days. The results are lively, fresh whites with fully developed fruit aromas, yet no baked flavors – just fresh, crisp palates with abundant acidity. The verdejo used to make this wine comes from a single vineyard of 35-year-old vines called Fuente la Miel (translates to “source of the honey” – isn’t that charming?). Lively and crisp, with tropical fruit aromas of passionfruit, and a clean, lip-smacking acid-driven palate, this white has the body to stand up to more substantial savory dishes, like garlicky shrimp, a hunk of manchego cheese, or a plate of jamón.