Wine of the Day, No. 284


Hie thee, friends, to a retail store and buy by the case the Vega del Castillo Garnacha Cepas Viejas 2015, from the Spanish region of Navarra. Am I talking here about a profound wine with tremendous depth and dimension? No, I’m referring to very inexpensive wine that satisfies the palate and just about any occasion with admirable personality and economy. The cooperative whence the wine derived dates back to 1910, though it has seen many changes in the past 117 years, as so would you, Dear Reader. Winemaker was Charo Moriones. The color of this 100 percent varietal wine — garnacha, or grenache — is a penetrating black-ruby with a glowing violet rim; arresting aromas and flavors of blackberries, black currants and plums are infused with notes of loam, tar, leather and oolong tea, while a few minutes in the glass bring up touches of cloves, bitter chocolate and graphite. ...

Wine of the Day, No. 284


Hie thee, friends, to a retail store and buy by the case the Vega del Castillo Garnacha Cepas Viejas 2015, from the Spanish region of Navarra. Am I talking here about a profound wine with tremendous depth and dimension? No, I’m referring to very inexpensive wine that satisfies the palate and just about any occasion with admirable personality and economy. The cooperative whence the wine derived dates back to 1910, though it has seen many changes in the past 117 years, as so would you, Dear Reader. Winemaker was Charo Moriones. The color of this 100 percent varietal wine — garnacha, or grenache — is a penetrating black-ruby with a glowing violet rim; arresting aromas and flavors of blackberries, black currants and plums are infused with notes of loam, tar, leather and oolong tea, while a few minutes in the glass bring up touches of cloves, bitter chocolate and graphite. ...

Wine for a Summer Cookout

Many years ago I hosted a cookout party for family and friends to celebrate my sister’s achievement of earning her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. I made, truly, the best pulled pork this side of the Mississippi and I thought to myself (as I often do): Rhône reds.  Turns out, I had a houseful of white wine drinkers, people that actually asked me specifically for a glass of white wine. I learned two things about cookouts that day: first, at parties go with variety…second, always have an over-sized bottle of white wine. Wine for a Summer Cookout, Grill or BBQ It sounds simple, but I don’t see any reason why a cookout shouldn’t be simple. Too much fuss turns a hostess into a stuffy, boring swirl of no-fun. In American we are in the heart of cookout season – grills are fired up from here to September and beyond and everyone needs a little something to drink. ...

Arinzano 2008 La Casona: Built for the cellar but very enjoyable now!

Hello Friends,

Today’s Quick Sip is Arinzano’s 2008 La Casona, a blend of 75% Tempranillo and 25% Merlot. I was introduced to this fine producer through the good folks at Wine Studio, your source for grassroots brand marketing and beverage education. The Arinzano estate is located in northeast Spain, at the crossroads of Rioja Alavesa and Navarra. The historic estate plays host to structures dating back to the 16th century. In 2007, Arinzano became the first site in northeast Spain to receive Vino de Pago status. This is Spain’s top-tier wine designation, above D.O.Ca, given to estates and vineyards that show site-specific growing conditions that impart unique characteristics into a wine. Additionally, all wines must be grown, produced and bottled on property and meet quality standards.

It is worth noting that this wine was bottle aged for nearly 8 years and released in 2015. Do understand that ...

La Línea Mencia 2016


Lenswood. Approx $32. Mencia (Spanish origins, prone to being picked too late when large and flabby)

Like a Joven Tempranillo. . . smashed berries, macerated fruit, skins. . . a wall of scent and sensation, very primary, entirely disarming. . . Lush, round and warm (12.5%, it feels bigger) - no edges, super shape. . . globular, tear drop. . . vanilla cream, ripe and warm berries, not quite cherry cola. . . It says now. For the point obsessed 89-91.

Day 2 dregs - it seems better - still a youthful berry confection, but with a stronger ripple of complexity and herbs. I still think now, but clearly this will keep.

Mar de Frades: A Rias Baixas Winery

Winemaker Paula Fandiño

Mar de Frades is a winery located in the up and coming Rias Baixas wine region of northwest Spain. Mar de Frades, established in 2007, is located in the Salnés valley and close to the Arousa estuary. The winery features the Albariño grape variety. In addition to Albariño still wine, Mar de Frades is also producing a 100 percent Brut Nature made with 100 percent Albariño grapes. This is produced with the  classic Méthode. Mar de Frades location: Finca Valiñas, Lg Arosa 16, 36637
Meis, Pontevedra (Spain) In response to a series of questions, Winemaker Paula Fandiño kindly responded.
  1. What are your most enjoyable aspects of winemaking?
“What I like the most is that every day is different. It is a special process, global and unique every year, in which you work to get the best of each grape and translate it into a wine.”
  1. How ...