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Albariño is Spanish gold

2009 Fillaboa Albariño Rías Baixas, Spain LCBO# 214171 $15.95

Ferris Buelleur had it right.  Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. This past week has been insanely busy, but somewhere between work, family, social obligations and waking up at the crack of dawn to my daughter screaming for DAAADEEeeeee I managed to slow down enough to taste a great bottle of wine. Wine is definitely my oasis. Not in a “where’s the dam drink cart!” way, but more like a momentary respite from the everyday. The act of popping open a bottle seems to slow things down enough to make life just a little more manageable. When I combine this time in my “happy place” with a wine that tastes great and is a fantastic value I can’t help but enjoy the relaxation just a little bit more.

The 2009 Fillaboa from Spain’s Rías Baixas region is an dry wine made from the indigenous Albariño grape. Albariño is a true hidden gem. Not many people outside the inner sanctum of the wine geek know the pleasure this white Spanish grape can give. This wine has intense flavours of lemon, green apple, with subtle floral notes and a smokiness that imparts a sense of complexity. The wine has good acidity and great minerality. This wine will definitely improve with a year or two of age. I would recommend pairing the Fillaboa with grilled shrimp, seared scallops or my favourite paella. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a swiss or a Camembert.

At $15.95, this is a good wine at a great value. I highly recommend searching out the 2009 Fillaboa before it disappears. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world starts to pick up on how great Albariño can be…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below.

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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Albariño, Spain, White Wine

 

El Toro magnificio

2005 Sabor Real Viñas Centenarias Tempranillo, Toro, Spain LCBO# 122325

If you have been following my wine reviews on Adam’s Wine of the Week, then you won’t be caught off guard when I say…this Spanish vino is hands down the best wine for your buck out there! Over the past year I have come across a ton of fantastic Spanish wines all under $25 a bottle. This week’s Wine of the Week is no exception. The 2005 Sabor Real Viñas Centenarias is another example of how Spain has learned to take a modern approach to its wine making traditions.

Hailing from the up and coming Toro region, this wine is made from 100% Tempranillo and has wonderful flavours of black cherries, blackberries, and spice with a hint of pepper. It also has very silky tannins that, combined with its complex fruitiness, make this a very big wine. As a side note, the 2005 Sabor Real Viñas Centenarias, as the name implies, comes from vines that are over 100 years of age. I would recommend pairing the 2005 Sabor Real Viñas Centenarias with grilled rack of lamb or a grilled veal chop. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with Swiss or Gouda.

It amazes me that this wine is only $19.95. I encourage you to seek out this wine and buy it. You will thank me for it…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on July 18, 2009 in Red Wine, Spain, Tempranillo

 

Cheap and cheerful from Spain

2008 Castillo de Monséran Garnacha, Carinena, Spain $8.95 LCBO# 073395

Sometimes wines are meant to be drunk on a Wednesday. Not sure what I mean? Think of it this way. On any given Wednesday, I will bet that as you saddle up to dinner comprised of a mish-mash of leftovers you don’t necessarily want to pop the cork on a fancy bottle of wine.

The 2008 Castillo de Monséran is the perfect Wednesday wine. It’s a versatile food friendly wine that has just enough punch to spice up that two-day-old piece of roast chicken staring back at you from your dinner plate. This wine has strong flavours of red fruit, strawberries, and a hint of cedar. Being a Granacha (a.k.a. Grenache), this wine has relatively light tannins that will allow you to match it with a ton of different foods. As for cheese…I would take a pass. Seriously…who eats cheese on a Wednesday anyways?

The best part about this Wednesday wine is its price. The 2008 Castillo de Monséran is an amazing low $8.95! I would definitely pick up a few bottles for this, next, and the following Wednesday…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

I will recommend trying one trick with this wine. About 1 hour before dinner, dump this wine into a pitcher. I have found that this aeration caused by decanting it seems to bring out the fruit a bit more. Try pouring a glass and then decanting the rest. See if you can tell the difference.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2009 in Grenache, Red Wine, Spain

 

Value Alert!!!!

2007 La Vendimia, Rioja, Spain $15.95 LCBO #674564

It’s always exciting when you find a wine that exemplifies the essence of the elusive price-quality ratio. That holy grail where the price of the wine is rock bottom while the quality of the wine is sky high. The 2007 La Vendimia is one of these wines.

Made from a blend of Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) and Tempranillo, both of which are classic Spanish grapes. This easy drinking red has flavours cherries, strawberries, and spice. It would go great with light dishes like baked chicken breast. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a good sheep’s milk cheese.

At $15.95, this wine is an amazing value. I recommend picking up a whole bunch of this wine. You won’t be sorry…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2009 in Grenache, Red Wine, Spain, Tempranillo

 

Madame….is the Marqués at home?

2000 Marqués de Riscal Reserva, Rioja, Spain $24.70 LCBO #032656

Sometimes it’s nice to revisit the place where it all began. As you drink different types of wines, there is real comfort in coming back to a wine that reminds you of your youth.

For me, it is this wine. Specifically, it’s the memory of pilfering a few bottles from my old man’s stash in the garage. (I guess I can admit that now. I am pretty sure the statute of limitations has expired on my crime.) Back in the day when I was still pushing corks into the bottle (smart enough to steal the bottle…not smart enough to steal a cork screw) I remember the Marqués de Riscal to be a wonderfully warm and easy drinking wine. The 2000 version still brings that feeling rushing back to me. It has pronounced flavours of red berries, plum, cedar, and a hint of chocolate. This wine would pair very well with roast beef, lamb chops, or even a vegetarian lasagna. As for cheese, I would recommend that you try it with a Swiss cheese or a Gouda.

On top of being a walk down memory lane for me, the 2000 Marqués de Riscal Reserva is a very good value at $24.70. I would definitely suggest that you try a bottle soon…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2008 in Red Wine, Spain, Tempranillo

 

Two red heads from España

2004 Muga Reserva, Rioja, Spain $23.95 LCBO #947309

2001 Conde de Valdemar Reserva, Rioja, Spain $22.95 LCBO #177345

This week I tried two red wines from Spain’s Rioja region that were so good I couldn’t figure out which one to feature as this week’s “Wine of the Week”. So in celebration of the final (and thankfully sunny) long weekend of the summer, here are my picks.

The 2004 Muga Reserva is a very expressive red wine. Made from the Tempranillo [temp-rah-NEE-yo] grape, this wine has strong flavours of cedar and black cherries with soft tannins that hold the wine together. At $23.95, this wine is a powerhouse for the price. I would strongly recommend that you get a few bottles of this wine and pair it with chicken and grilled vegetables.

The 2001 Conde de Valdemar Reserva is also made from the Tempranillo grape, but has been aged longer in barrel. This additional aging gives this wine a much different profile that the Muga. The Conde de Valdemar is much more balanced between its flavours of black cherry and cigar box and the spiciness found on the finish (see if you can taste the difference). At $22.95, this wine is a great find and a definite recommend…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2008 in Red Wine, Spain, Tempranillo

 

Adam says…Olé Rioja

2002 Bodegas Montecillo, Reserva, Rioja, Spain $19.00 LCBO #621003

So we are switching back to the Old World this week with a Spanish red from the Rioja region. This is a really smooth wine with a good balance between the red berry and oaky flavours. This is more of a dinner wine that will go really well with homemade hamburgers and lamb chops.

At $19.00, I wouldn’t say run to the LCBO for this wine, but perhaps an ass shaking speed-walk would be more in order…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2008 in Red Wine, Spain, Tempranillo

 
 
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