In my line of work, I have had the honor of tasting alot of good wine. Trouble is, I don’t always have the opportunity to share the news. With that in mind, I have decided to add a “Weekday Wine” post to my blog every week. My “Weekday Wines” are not (and never will be) the block buster labels you read about in collector magazines. Instead, they are the wines worthy of sipping with dinner – any night of the week.
When it comes to Spain, good-value wines are easy to find in each and every region. I was in the market for in inexpensive “Tuesday Night” wine when I first fell for Realeza Tempranillo from the Castilla y Leon region. This easy sippin’ red is a Vino de la Tierra which means that it is a country or regional wine designed to be enjoyed any night of the week. Think orange, leather and earthy aromas – get the picture? The other cool fact about this wine is that it comes in a wooden box. If you buy by the case (easy to do when the wine sells for $11 a bottle), you get to keep the box for your cellar or as a magazine holder to house your old copies of Wine Spectator.
In terms of white, I left Spain and sampled a tasty wine from Germany. Made from my favorite grape, Riesling, Robert Eymael’s Monchhof 2005 Urzig Wurzgarten Kabinett ($23) is just plain yummy. Crafted from grapes of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, this high acid, off-dry wine is great served with home-made burritos, chips and salsa or Chinese carryout. Not that it matters, but the name means “house of the monk.” Only 9% alcohol and a hint of residual sugar works to tame the spice and heat in most dishes.
Stumbling onto a great find or good-value wine is only fun if you can talk about it – so feel free to chime in on any wines that you have discovered recently.