Palma Real Rueda Verdejo

Palma Real Rueda Verdejo

Palma Real Rueda Verdejo

I have been tossing around the idea of qualifying for The Wine Century Club for some time now.  The first time I had heard of it was when Kathleen Lisson said she was having dinner with the Wine Century Club back in April. For someone who I enjoyed and respected on twitter to feel it was such an honor, I knew I wanted to be able to say I was a member of that club. I love her blog as well, because pairing wine and food is important to me, and I learn so much from her. So, the seed was planted, now I put it into action.

I’ve actually been working on it, silently, since that day. I can rattle off about 15-20 varietals I’ve had, and blogged about, from Albarino to Zinfandel, and a few in between.  However, I didn’t track them, or document them, in a good, accountant-like way.  Therefore, I decided yesterday to start anew.  I downloaded the spreadsheet from Wine Century Club (From here on in called WCC) site, and, as Jackie Gleason used to say, Away we go.

1st wine for Century Club, Palma Real’s Rueda Verdejo from Spain on

That was my teaser, and I hoped to incite a riot of conversation about the wine. From there, I had dinner, with the wine, and then, did a short video review, which is below.  The wine that I decided to start my path to the WCC with was Palma Real Rueda Verdejo.  Rueda (Roo-AY-thah) is in the north west part of Spain, near Portugal. The area is known for it’s high quality whites made from Verdejo, though other varietals like Macabeo (Viura) and Palomino are used.  The Palma Real is 50% Verdejo and 50% Viura, thus it doesnt qualify as a Rueda Superior wine, which requires a minimum of 60% Verdejo.

The wine is unoaked, aged in steel barrels for a crisp palate. The bouquet is a grassy, mineral nose, with some fruit trying to peek through. On the palate the crisp flavor of green grassy and minerals come through again, with some tart apple on the finish. Palma Real is an interesting wine that for $11, I wouldn’t mind having again.  It is probably going to pair well with certain foods, rather than being a straight sipper, and I mention which foods I’d have it with in the video below!

Quest for Wine Century Club, Wine #1Please join me at and let me know what you think of the wine, the review, or something else. I look forward to hearing from you!

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11 thoughts on “Palma Real Rueda Verdejo

  1. I’m so glad you decided to join the Century Club, that way I know for sure that I will have many, many more wine reviews from you which means I’ll have at least a years worth of wine to buy!
    I’ve never tried Verdejo from Rueda before, but I will soon!(I’m like your shadow, I taste everything after you!)

  2. Congrats on starting your journey!

  3. Go steady ! You can’t do them all in one week!

  4. Cheers to you starting this journey! I know you’ll do well :)

  5. Nice combo of facts about the wine and the video review. I like the format.

    I’ve been checking off Century Club varieties for about a year now and I’m just shy of 70 at this point….gotta look hard for those last ones.

  6. All I can think of when I hear century club is the game in college when you had to drink a shot of beer every minute for 100 minutes. I never did finish that. I’m trying to imagine how that would work with wine…


  7. I’ve been quite surprised by how quickly I’ve been able to tick quite a lot of varieties off … the wines of Spain, Italy & Portugal are excellent ground as they’re not only often blends but they use so many native grapes.

    And, of course, the Wine Century is an excellent excuse to try new wines!

    Best of luck – have fun!

  8. Hi Matt,

    Nice Job on the video – Have had the Palm Rueda a number of years ago. It was a solid wine there are some better Ruedas on the market that are fresher and cleaner.

    Presentation nice, and love the stemless. Keep up the good work.

    What is this century club stuff ?

  9. This sounds like a delicious wine for spain. I am loving all the great content from and fantastic to see all these great videos about different varietals on the market.

    Looking forward to your next wineblog video about something else for the pallette. Keep up the great work.

    Your Wine enthusiast friend…Alex

  10. Great review. I hope you make the 100 soon (drink up). I have to say your reviews are excellent. Good work with the videos. Gives the whole post a distinct honesty to it.

  11. Great stuff; how can I subscribe via e-mail as opposed to rss?

    Also does the WCC have a website? I will try googling it.


    Keep it up; love your documented & video posts

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