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Wine for the Cellar: Izadi Rioja Blanco 2017

At Cornucopia, the annual Whistler food and drinks party, Vancouver Sun wine expert Anthony Gismondi’s news from the wine and food world, recommended B.C. wine of the week, and a wine to add to your cellar.

Izadi Rioja Blanco 2017, Rioja, Spain 90/100

“Izadi Blanco is an intriguing mix of 70 percent Viura blended with 10/10/10 Malvasía, Garnacha Blanca, and Tempranillo Blanco. Izadi is young by Rioja standards with just over three decades of production but it has a soul for wine, and this white is an excellent example of the commitment. Like very few whites you would taste in a year, this juicy mix of grapes yields a fresh, core of ripe quince flecked with nectarines and excellent acidity. Understated and versatile with food, we enjoyed it with homemade pesto and pasta.”