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A Telleira Godello: A Bright, Refreshing, and a Vibrant White Wine

A Telleira Godello is bright and refreshing, a vibrant white wine that offers up lime and lemon flavors, honeydew, and green apple.


My wife often enjoys purchasing wines that she knows little or nothing about, based on interesting wine bottle labels. That’s how she came to bring home a Spanish Godello wine called A Telleira last week. She loved the quirky label. As it turned out, we both loved the wine, as well. 

Godello is a white grape variety grown in Spain’s northwest, particularly in Galicia. Wines made from Godello grapes are commonly rich in lemon zest flavors, along with green apples and quince. According to the winemakers at Finca Reboreda who produce this wine, “A Telleira is a magic triangle formed by three plots with different types of soil: boulder, clay and loamy sand. In ancient times, the reddish soil of these three plots was used to make clay tiles that covered the roofs of the houses. Being attached to the Miño River, they benefit from a very special microclimate since water moderates the temperature contrast of this area of the D.O. Ribeiro.”

This particular Godello is bright and refreshing, a vibrant white wine that offers up lime and lemon flavors, honeydew, and green apple, all backed up by zesty acidity and a solid mineral core. It’s a very good value, priced at $17.49, and was a really good pairing to sip with pollo en barbacoa.



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Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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