Ahhh, warmth and sunlight, at long last! Outdoor grilling, picnics by the lake, warm evenings on the front porch, gardens displaying a riot of color. When this happens, summmery beers start taking over my ‘fridge, and white wine and lighter reds start taking over my wine cellar. Let’s see what’s new…
When in Rioja…
Back in March, when I was in the Rioja region of Spain, the folks at the Martinez Lacuesta winery treated us to fabulous meals with a bounty of appetizers, fish and meat dishes and desserts. When in Rioja, one naturally speaks of red wine; Rioja whites,while quite delicious, take a definite back seat to red wines. Each course we ate was accompanied by a different wine, all of them red.
2008 Crianza, Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta
This is what the winemakers drink every day, while waiting for their Reserva and Grand Reserva to mature. The Bodegas describes this wine as “…Aged in new and semi-new American oak casks for a period of 18 months, rounded off with a few more months in the bottle. A tasty and well structured wine, deep black-cherry colour, a fruity taste and an elegant finish with perfectly integrated sensations of oakiness. Highly recommended to accompany white or red meat, game or mature cheeses…” $16.99.
Great Zin Find
2012 Zinfandel, River Star Winery
The winemaker describes it as “…clear ruby red color and sensual nose of blueberry with slight floral & cola notes. It owns a slightly spicy taste of almonds along with wild berries and soft tannins. Your palate will enjoy the long smooth finish…”, and suggests pairing it with beef stew, grilled pizza and Mexican food. This is one of the lightest and softest Zins we have tasted, more like a heavyweight Sangiovese or Primitivo, and we feature this wine in our Case of the Month Club selection. $15.99.