Want a good example of what the experts mean by the internationalization of wine? Then taste the Vina Sol from Miguel Torres, one of Spain’s largest producers. It’s markedly different from the old days, and made in a softer, more accessible style.
If so, then what’s it doing being reviewed here? Because the Vina Sol ($9, purchased, widely available) is better made than it used to be. The acidity is in balance, for one thing. Yes, it does seem to have a little too much fruit in the middle (almost tropical), but it does have that Spanish white wine lemony thing going on and doesn’t taste like it came from Paso Robles, which seems to be one of the goals of internationalization. The wine is made with parellada, a grape used in cava, and that’s almost enough to make the wine interesting by itself.
It’s not a $10 Hall of Fame wine, but not every wine is. In fact, if you’re stuck in a grocery store and need a bottle of wine, this is perfectly fine. Serve it chilled and drink it on its own or with almost any Tuesday night dinner.
And, because it’s from Torres, there’s a bull on the bottle – white, of course, since it’s a white wine.