Gómez Cruzado is a local secret from Haro, Rioja’s fine wine capital. Located just next door to world-famous bodegas R. López de Heredia, Roda and La Rioja Alta, this tiny boutique wins acclaim galore for its stunning wines. Take this rich white – it boasts 90 points from The Wine Advocate, who called it “elegant and balanced, terribly tasty and easy to drink.” The key to its success? The talented winemaking duo of David González and Juan Antonio Leza, who chose barrel fermentation (in French oak) and lees aging to impart a toasty, creamy character to the fresh, citrusy flavors.
Vines were first planted in Rioja during Roman times, under the shade of the Sierra de Cantabria and at the confluence of the Rivers Ebro and Oja (Rio Oja – hence the name). While the region is most famous globally for its glorious wines, Rioja’s plentiful water and ideal climate means it also thrives as an agricultural and gastronomic center. It’s home to world-class lamb and goat cheeses, pears, marcona almonds and more.