Saturday, August 20, 2011

Venta Morales from Hi-Rise Bread Company

It is somewhat incongruous that Hi-Rise Bread Company in Cambridge also sells wine. But it is little wonder, with the quality of their bread and sandwiches, that the wine they sell is delightful. Last night with friends I opened a bottle of Venta Morales 2010 Tempranillo that we bought there as part of a mixed case. This was one of the nicest, everyday reds I've had.

I know almost nothing about Spanish wines, but this one makes me want to know more. Tempranillo is a Spanish grape variety that is the base for Rioja wines. This red is full bodied but without the heavy tannin of other full-bodied reds. Despite this, it has all the character of its bigger brothers, with a smooth balance of dry and fruity flavors. It would go nicely with spicy foods, but not overpower lighter foods. And, at under $10, what a bargain.

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