Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Three Days in Spain

While hopping on a jet for a trip would be ideal (but considerably more expensive!), the Wine Armada chooses to visit Spain by way of our wine glasses. We recently opened three very different bottles, from three very different regions. The unique, diversity produced from these areas, never ceases to amaze us.

#1 - Torres Ibericos Tempranillo Rioja 2009
We begin in north central Spain and one of our long-time favorite producers, the Torres family. They do it all well from quality entry-level offerings to high-end collectibles. This one is no exception at only $12, but full of silky black cherry flavors, followed by tinges of vanilla and spice on a long, savory finish. A classic example of Rioja wine that’s worth seeking.

#2 - Avancia Cuvée de O 2012
The more Godello I try, the more I love this grape! The Avancia is new to the area and was worth the wait. From vines over 35 years old, the layers and complexity of this white wine from the northwestern part of the country (Valdeorras) is remarkable. For under $15 you’ll get a roller coaster flavor ride of pear, grapefruit and minerality with enough acidity, on the clean finish, to make this one of the world’s most under-rated food wines.

#3 - Pastora Fino Sherry
We head to southern Spain to visit poor Fino Sherry. The misunderstood child of the wine family, is possibly an acquired taste, but for the adventurous, can be immensely rewarding. Geeks like myself will enjoy the food pairing possibilities/challenges inspired by the almond notes, salinity and relatively high alcohol level (17%). Like Godello, the more I try a chilled glass, the more I enjoy this one-of-a kind treasure (especially when it's under $5 a bottle!).

Our mission will continue to carry us forward to other uncharted waters. Please let us know if there are any discoveries you’ve made in your Spanish wine quest. Contact us through Facebook, Twitter or winearmada@gmail.com.