Discover Spanish wines for your palette

The truth of the matter is you read the wine list presented to you by your waiter and you’re sure to find an assortment of  American, Italian, French, Australian and some Chilean wines. Spanish wines are sometimes forgotten. Why is that?

Spanish grape varieties are a mystery to some.  Let’s face it, if you drink red wine, you’ve probably heard of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. But have you ever heard of Tempranillo, one of the main grape varietals of Spain. Have you ever heard of Garnacha? This is another popular grape varietal of Spain.

Recently, I sampled a Garnacha blend at Rocky Hill Tavern2006 Heron Terra Alta Sexto. Actually, the wine is a blend of six different Spanish grapes: Garnacha, Carignan, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Lledoner Pelut Noir (very old vines).

The wine was very easy on the palette with hints of chocolate and a very soft finish. My impression was this wine is a wine to please all, sophisticated as well as novice palette. Everyone can enjoy this wine. Truly a delicious, reasonably priced approach to Spanish wines.  I was even pleasantly surprised to find that Sexto was recently featured in Wine Spectator’s 500 Values for less than $20. Wine Spectator rated the Sexto 87 points.

Now what food to pair with the Sexto. The old adage of pairing wine to the region works well. Try a chicken, sausage paella or even some tapas a.k.a small plates. Even some Mexican food would do well.

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Cheers ! AT, PIWC

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    • cookbookapprentice
    • March 9th, 2010

    This is so interesting. I don’t know anything about Spanish wines and feel much more informed now :). I wish I could attend your wine tasting :(. Oh well, at least I can read about it!

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