With the first puff of smoke from the thousands of outdoor grills wafting through the neighborhood, the signal is clear, barbeque season is here. whether you like dry-aged beef, pork loin, ribs, lamb chops or some leg of local goat, Rioja is the wine for you. Primarily composed of Tempranillo grapes, but also featuring Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuela, Carinena, Viura, these special red wines display the beautiful ripe fruit up front with loads of raspberry, cherry, and blackberry, and finish with the long structured tannins from the years of mandatory barrel then bottle-aging. But let's not forget their rosados and white wines whose floral, crisp flavor profiles cool, refresh and cut through the smokiest foods off the grill. Recent tastings at MAS with grilled veggies, gambas a la plancha, pimenton padron, and barbecoa de cabrito included the '06 Letras, '05 Cifras, both new projects from Bodegas Exeo, Vina Cubillo '04, Valsacro Crianza '04, Allende Crianza '05, and the very special Reservas Vina Bosconia '02, Alberdi '04, and Tierra Fidel '02.
Posted on 07/16/2014 at 04:42:00 AM