Spanish wine – have you tried it?  A wonderful opportunity to get to taste incredible wines for incredible prices.  You can get a terrific wine for between $10-15.  Part of the reason I say this is that I can the chance to attend a Spanish wine tasting held at Whole Foods Market in Fairview TX.  The presentation was given by Chris Teague of Prestige Wine Cellars which was recently bought out by Glazer’s.  Chris is a distributor who really knew his stuff and was very prepared.  Maps, books, tasting notes, you name it!  Two whites and 4 reds – some good without food, some needed food, so we were offered cheese, bread, and olive oil baked almonds.

Here are the wines we tasted:

1) Paso a Paso Verdejo – white – similiar to a Sauvignon Blanc – spicy lemon and lime aromas with stone fruit flavors.
2) Martin Codax Albarino – white – citrus fruit, pear and peach flavors.
3) Borsao, Grenache (75%), Tempranillo, (25%)
Have bought this myself many times before.  LOVE it.  Although there is Tempranillo in the wine, it is unoaked, fermented in stainless steel.  The tasting notes the distributor showed us called it “sexy”.  Very fresh with aromas of red and dark berries, with fresh, juicy raspberry and blackberry flavors.
4) Monte Oton, Garnacha – black raspberry and cracked pepper on the nose, focused red berry flavor.
5) Wrongo Dongo, Monastrell – Have also bought this myself many times before.  LOVE it.  Known in Spain as Monastrell, known in France and the US as Mouvedre.  Red and dark berries on the nose, red currant flavor.
6) Volver Tempranillo – earth notes and spice box on the nose, flavor is supple-textured, super-ripe and concentrated.  It can be enjoyed now and over the next 8-10 years.

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