Sips&Suds: Spanish Wine Ole!

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BY EDITH SWIERZBINSKI

Enjoying a delicious meal with equally delicious wines makes for a fantastic evening. I heart discovering great wines at all price points. Of course, wines that are affordable under $20 are super treasure finds. It’s equally as awesome when a splurge buy drinks as a luxury, exclusive. When paired with the right foods quite a memorable moment and experience is created.

Spanish wines are so pleasant and easy drinking. They pair beautifully with charcuturie, grilled meats, soft cheeses, light sauced pasta dishes, and of course,    paella,  ceviche or chorizo inspired dishes.

I will feature three Spanish wines at three price points in this article that are simply wonderful.

Juan Gil Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell 2016 is a steal at $8.  This wine shows beautiful aromatics of black fruit such as black raspberries and spring flowers. Notes of dark chocolate, spice, and ripe fruit lead to a well-balanced, full bodied texture with  bright acidity and savory finish. A tremendous value and a pleasure to drink.

Bodegas Carchelo C 2014 is a solid buy at $15. This fantastic red wine is a blend of 40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. To quote my colleague, Ryan Rugg, “Carchelo C is a fun and complex blend dense purple and wild berry fruits run deep on the palate with great acidity up front, making this wine a no-brainer for pairing with food and especially cheese.”

In fact, locally in Murcia, Jumilla, Spain this winery’s juice is used to make the famed “Drunken Goat” cheese that can be found in St Pete’s boutique cheese selections. Of course, chorizo sausage and saffron yellow rice would be the ideal pairing for this delicious wine, Ryan tells me.  It’s full and juicy with great balance of weight, texture, and loads of complex fruits and spice.

 Grab a bottle for your next handout and give it a whirl, it’s purple pleasure in a glass.

Parada de Atauta 2014 is worth every penny of a splurge at $30. It’s made with 100 percent tinto fino, a high quality red wine grape from the  Ribera del Duero growing region.  Rich, powerful, fragrant and elegant, this wine displays red and blackberry aromas, hints of violets, black pepper and mocha. On the palate, it’s ripe and delicious bringing sweet spicy and toasty notes.  Pair it with grilled meats, cured meats, cheeses and  light stews.

How exciting to know that these wines are readily available at many retailers in   St. Petersburg. Enjoy discovering these Spanish brands, you won’t be disappointed.

Edith Swierzbinski is owner of 4th and Vine, a boutique wine shop in St. Petersburg.