This week’s Weekend Wine was a lot of fun. To tell the truth, they’re all pretty fun, but this Spanish grenache from flor d’englora (no capitalization apparently) is a really nice wine and we were cracking each other up getting ready to record this episode. And that was before the wine had even been opened. My sister was here filming (we shoot everything on an iPad) and my oldest daughter was right next to her proving that if you need something fixed on your Apple product, ask a teenager. But eventually we did get around to opening the wine and shooting this session – you can probably tell that Gina still had a little bit of the giggles.
Spanish wines have been a staple around here for 3 or 4 years. When I started bringing them home I was looking for something different – we had been drinking a lot of Rhone reds. We still enjoy the Rhone wines, but they were starting to creep up in price and I just wanted to try something else with similar characteristics but with a different local flavor. I wanted to taste a different terroir as wine people say. I especially wanted something with the characteristics that I love in Rhone wines – earthy, a little rustic, and a good backbone of acidity so that it can be paired with foods with bold flavors. I needed a wine that we could drink with pasta and steak and that would be just as at ease with hamburgers or pizza. In fact we reviewed another Spanish grenache called Evodia about a month ago. So here’s the video review of the flor d’englora garnatxa and there is a short summary right below it.
So here’s the summary on this very attractive Spanish grenache (or garanacha or garnatxa). It is 100% grenache and comes from quite old vineyards planted in the hill country of Catalonia in Spain. Much of Catalonia is hill country and there are great old vineyards lurking around almost every corner. And for that we can be thankful, because they are producing some of the best wine for the money in the world right now. I love the fact that this wine was not oaked at all. So you get really pure fruit flavors. In particular, there is red fruit flavor of cherry, lovely floral notes, lush, well integrated tannins, and firm acidity. These wines won’t age forever but they will drink well over the next few years. It’s a great wine for a dinner at home or a small gathering with friends. And at around $12 it’s very good option for a party.
And if you really want to encourage your inner wine geek, we were drinking from the Riedel Wine series cabernet/merlot glasses. Why? That particular Riedel glass has a large bowl which allows the wine to oxygenate rather quickly. It is made for big, young wines and though this is not a cabernet or a merlot, it is a bold, young red. We’re not going to decant it, so I want to let more oxygen get to it in the glass. And why the Riedel Wine series? Because it is the same shape glass as the Riedel Vinum series (the original Riedel glasses) and about half the price so I get form and function without the cost.