Over a Glass of Vino- March 18th, 2018
A Trip to Madrid and Spanish Vino
If I could live anywhere else in Europe, I’d want to move to Spain. This weekend, I’m in Madrid, even though the weather was not great Friday or Saturday, I’ve still had a wonderful time exploring, eating local cuisine, and tasting Spanish wine!
In the last year Spain has been recognized as the country with the most acreage of vineyards. Even with that said, I don’t know much about Spanish wines, so during this trip, I took some time to learn about local wines. I checked out this fantastic wine shop in Madrid’s city center called Carlotta. The owner was so friendly, well-informed, and helpful. After some time exploring the shelves, tasting a couple wines, I settled on a great dry red.
Today’s glass of Vino: Guimaro Mencia – Ribeira Sacra
This was a fantastic bottle, just the kind of red wine I love! It is made from the grape mencia, and is aged for a year in barrique. It is from a northern western region (above Portugal) called Ribeira Sacra. The wine has a full body, and tastes of cherries, violets, and is a bit spicy. It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth like you just had a bite of dark chocolate. It is a bit more expensive, but I decided to treat myself and it was so worth it! If you eat meat, I imagine this would be great with a steak, as a vegetarian I would recommend this with something rather savory and rich.
Now I’m off to catch my flight home to Turin! Hope you’re having a great Sunday!
Do you have a favorite Spanish wine? Let me know!