Bodegas 1898 Ramon Roqueta ‘Las Barrancas’ Tempranillo – Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva

  Medium-Bodied Red Wine 2008  SPAIN (Catalonia)    Tempranillo 60% – Cabernet Sauvignon 40%    13.5% alc.      Serve at 60-64ºF (16-18ºC)   Ramon Roqueta           Wine-Searcher Back to Wines to Learn To keep in mind You can learn about aging wine. In this wine you will experience the aromas of an aged wine, which are quite different from the usual “New World” wines that tend to be young and fruity. The labeling “Gran Reserva” means this wine is from one of the best harvests. These wines are meant to be aged and it takes 6 years to reach the market. During its aging in the winery, this wine has aged 1.5 years inside an oak barrel before being bottled. While in the oak barrel, the wood aromas and textures are transferred to the wine and later while in the “no-oxygen” atmosphere of the bottle the wine acquires smoothness and other aromas. Know what? The main aromas are dried red and black fruits and specially, coming from the aging…vanilla, toasted coconut, tobacco leaf and leather. This wine is to drink while eating. Experience this wine as they do in the Spanish culture and have your glass of wine with a little meal, not too complicated. What if I drink it alone? Sounds perfect too! Make this an opportunity to feel the smooth tannins coming from the oak barrel. Remember: those are the bitter tastes than remain in your tongue after swallowing the wine. They are specially good in this wine, as they are smooth and savvory after that much time in the bottle. Pair with Baby Back Ribs. Do you want an...

Tikohi Sauvignon Blanc 2014

  Crisp Dry White Wine 2014  NEW ZEALAND (Marlborough)    Sauvignon Blanc    12.5% alc.      Serve at 45ºF (7ºC)   Tikohi Vineyards           Wine-Searcher Back to Wines to Learn To keep in mind You can learn about light-bodied wine. The low alcohol level makes this wine perfect to practice what a “light-bodied” wine should be. Know what? The main aromas are gooseberry and passion fruit. Also you can find kiwi, citrus and fresh-cut grass. This wine is also a good one to learn how “minerality” tastes with a crisp mouthfeel and light flint stone. This is like an opening band. Try it while waiting for the arrival the rest of your friends, while relaxing after work or while reading on the balcony in the summer time. Try it as appetizer, if you prefer, with something salty as olives or chips. This wine will surprise you in the nose with deep tropical, citric and fresh aromas. When you drink it, it will leave your mouth clean and fresh, ready for more. It is perfect to set your stomach for the meal. Pair with roasted fish with potatoes and thyme. What would happen if I eat it with chili soup? Well, actually nothing. But you will feel like your are drinking an expensive water. You can keep this wine until the end of 2017. What will happen if I keep it longer? After this point, the wine will be ok, but it’s aromas could be partially gone and it may loose its refreshing characteristic. What a pity! 🙁 Curiosity: “tikohi” means “togetherness” in the maori language of New...