B-21 Top Recommendation
Many native grapes have teetered on the edge of extinction only to be rescued at the eleventh hour. My old buddy Jorge Ordonez, who single handedly introduced America to the regional wines of Spain in the 1990s, took a stand to preserve the Godello grape's heritage (alone with other varietals and regions) and began to promote it. Godello is a white wine grape from Spain's northwestern region of Galicia and most notably in Valdeorras. During the latter part of the 20th century while many were ripping up these old vineyards and planting more commercially viable grapes, Jorge was snapping up choice, old vine parcels of Godello. Then Jorge found the Avancia vineyard - one of the oldest, most traditional vineyards planted in Valdeorras. Avancia Godello expresses the authenticity and history of Valdeorras, the oldest Godello clones in the world. A completely unique white wine that ages beautifully. Avancia was recognized by Robert Parker as Spain's best Godello, produced from a single vineyard that was planted in 1904. Some compare to Grand Cru Chablis because of the richness, acidity and mineral length. Valdeorras, high above the Sil River, was named for the extensive gold mining that the Romans conducted here – Val-de-Oras roughly translates to Valley-of-Gold in Latin.