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Sendero das Meigas Godello 2011
Monterrei DO, Spain

The Band Wagon(1953)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 @ 08:00 AM (ET)

Because this Godello is named for 'people with amazing abilities,' who better to pair it with than Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse? These incredible entertainers represent two of the greatest eras of American musical film. Enjoy this creamy and seductive white wine with the effortless grace and show-stopping appeal of MGM's The Band Wagon.

THE WINE

Many Godellos emerging from Spain's northwest corner are so exceptional, they're giving the country's White Queen, Albariño, a run for her money (as this gorgeous find demonstrates). Crafted at an A-list cellar in tiny Monterrei, it’s a one-off parcel of rare, sur lie-aged Godello. Our woman on the ground, Beth, got the cellar to agree to an absurdly low price (half off), so we can't reveal who they are. We can tell you it’s a creamy, tropical-fruited gem we think will impress – especially if seafood's on the menu.

THE LEES

We talk a lot about sur lie (pronounced sir-LEE), but what is it? Literally translated from the French to ‘on the lees,’ it means the wine rested for a time on spent yeast cells (aka lees). It's an increasingly fashionable technique that imparts a creamy texture and character. You'll see it on the labels of the best Muscadets, and it's a very popular method in Burgundy (though it seems Beth prefers Sendero das Meigas: "It’s so complex. I would rather drink this than a lot of white Burgundy."). Tell us what you think!

THE REGION

regionMeaning ‘the king’s mountain,’ Monterrei is the southernmost region of Galicia, hugging the Portuguese border. Wine has been made here for centuries – but quality has recently taken a dramatic upswing. In fact, it was a pair of Monterrei wines that took second and third place (out of 10) in a 2012 tasting held by The Wall Street Journal. Definitely an up-and-coming region to watch.

WITH FOOD

See if your dinner guests are meigas (people with amazing abilities) and have them guess what grape this wine is made from. Then, dish out a reward of pan-seared trout (add a creamy lemon sauce to match the weight of the wine). Traditional paella will also be great. And if you can get your hands on them, fresh sardines from Spain's Atlantic coast are a classic match.

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