Saffron Shrimp and Stuffed Cherry Peppers
Serve with Manchego cheese, green olives, Serrano ham and bread.
Rioja is probably best known as a red-wine region, but its whites are almost always better values. Made primarily from the Viura grape (sometimes called Macabeo), white Riojas are noteworthy for their fresh citrus and mineral flavors. Although they can be aged for a decade or more, they are so appealing in their youth, there's really no reason to wait. Look for an example with grapefruit and mineral notes balanced by a whisper of oak. It will pair beautifully with a wide range of tapas dishes—from corn-custard-stuffed chile peppers to Serrano ham and saffron shrimp.