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On The Road Eating and Drinking

Regional Beer of Barcelona, Spain

I cannot stress enough that if one is traveling abroad you must first try regional cuisine and drink. Drink of course includes lots of water if one is walking the city- then have the wine, beer, and any other libations the area consider part of their culture or heritage.

While in Spain and the southern region of France we did just this. If you are not sure what to drink, do not hesitate to ask. We found ourselves in a few eateries that offered beer selections to match the food, and they were all wonderful. My son who is twenty three thoroughly enjoyed this. Sampling beer along the trail was one of the highlights of his trip. Wine of course was ours. Among other things they had to offer was a Segovian made Whiskey- D.Y.C., and in four styles.

Your basic DYC, an 8, 12, and a Pure Malt version. Not to mention it was a very low euro price too. Well, at least outside of the city, and in the small markets. Many hotels charge an arm and a leg for most drinks, so beware. At fifteen euros for a cheap glass of scotch or whiskey, you might find yourself in one of their bread lines, literally (LOL). They offer up plenty of bread at the Tapas Bars, but there is where you will find your bargain food and drink!

Olive You!

More on the D.Y.C. Whiskey later, but for now, my favorite pairing on the trip- Local olives and a great glass of red wine!


Chef Elizabeth Stelling

Paul the Octopus picks Spain; death threats are made, yet drink Rioja

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So far Paul the Octopus has an 100% prediction rate for World Cup matches. The German Octopus with his oracle like brain  has proven scientists  right, octopuses (or should I say octopi) are highly intelligent creatures. Paul is no “one hit wonder”. This is an extremely intelligent mollusk.

Sunday is the game of all games and the Oracle of Germany, has his tentacle on Spain to win the World Cup over The Netherlands. Unfortunately, even though Paul has such a great prediction rate, many people especially Germany have Paul on their hit list. Death threats have been made on poor Paul. Animal activist are on close watch and the Humane Society has been put on alert.

Though I don’t know Paul, I’d like to save him from the sauce pan and recommend some great Spanish wines for your World Cup viewing pleasure:

5 Top rated red Rioja wines below $25:
SENORIO DE VILLARRICA Rioja Crianza 2006 (87 points, Wine Spectator $14)
Fresh and bright, this medium-bodied red offers cherry and cranberry flavors, with leaf and vanilla accents over gentle tannins. Not big, but there’s nice density. Drink now through 2012. 10,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews
Finca Allende Rioja Wine (92 points Jay Miller Wine Advocate $23)
“The 2004 Allende, a 100% Tempranillo cuvee, was barrel fermented in a mix of new and used French oak, remained in barrel for 13 months, and was bottled unfiltered. The wine is inky purple-colored and has a superb nose of pain grille, mineral, violets, cranberry, and blueberry. The youthful palate reveals layers of fruit, ripe tannin, and excellent balance. The wine merits another 3-4 years of bottle age and should drink well through 2020. Kudos to Finca Allende for a magnificent set of 2004 Riojas!”
Bodgas Lan Crianza 2005( 90 points ,Wine & Spirits) $10
Light scents of crushed rose petals and frisky cherry tomato flavors give this a bright, zesty tone. The tannins are also light, with a gravelly feel. This is a versatile red for olives and jam on Serrano, or more substantial meats such as duck.”
Bodegas Muga Reserva 2005 ( 92 points International Wine Cellar $11 half bottle)
Bright ruby. Vibrant, seductive perfume of black raspberry, powdered rose, anise and minerals. Weighty but lively cherry and dark berry flavors are brightened by zesty minerals, picking up a candied licorice quality with aeration.
Marques De Vargas Reserva 2004 ( 90 points Wine Advocate $23)
“The 2004 Reserva, composed of 75% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, 5% Garnacha, and 10% other varietals, spent 23 months in French, Russian, and American oak. Medium dark ruby-colored, it offers an excellent bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry.

Now just in case Paul does become inserted in a recipe of Ocotpus Salad, let me recommend this perfect wine to compliment the meal; Wolffer Estate Classic White Wine 2008, a blend of 38%Riesling, 37% Gewuztraminer and 25% Chardonnay. Oh, the hazards of being an intelligent mollusk!

Cheers! -Adrienne

Simple Saturday Events-Rioja Restaurant Week in NYC

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In the mood for something a little different? May we suggest this great event:

Rioja Restaurant Week is coming to NYC. Celebrate the arrival of spring and the end of the great recession by exploring Rioja Week in New York. From May 13-27 explore the wines of Rioja at 25 great New York City restaurants.

Click Here for participating restaurants

Spanish grape varietals may be a mystery to some, but there is no better time than now to explore them. Rioja wines are rich and classic and represent a value to consumers in this economy. Many Riojas are top rated and go great with tapas and other grilled meats.

Click here to view top rated Rioja wines below $25.
Rioja wines also go great with BBQ. May is national BBQ month
The Rioja region of Spain is famous for its red wines. Tempranillo is the premier grape of the Rioja region with Garnacha coming in a close second.

-Adrienne, PIWC