That “Spanish Tinge”…

That’s what Jelly Roll Morton insisted was the crucial ingredient in good Jazz (and good Creole cookin’ too!). We’ve just acquired a small but intense selection of Spanish Reds that up the ante considerably in quality, value and packaging: Traditional Riojas have always been been favorites of discerning WINE EXPO-isti and we have seven wonderful bottlings for you but also selections from Ribera del Duero, several amazing “bang for the buck” reds from La Mancha, Penedes, Valencia, Catalunya and other far flung DOs plus some fun Cavas. Would a Chorizo and Walnut stuffed roast turkey be too weird for your next Thanksgiving dinner? Well, at least lay out some Jamon de Serrano and some nice olives for your arriving guests and watch the smiles erupt and the conversation take off.

 

Pedro Luis Martinez, Murcia, Jumilla

If you love the fruit, spice and zing of big Zins but cannot take the heat and after effects of their 15%+ alcohol loads, these for you. Exotic renditions of Monastrell (aka Mourvedre), Romeo brings some spicy aromatics and a bright palate cleansing texture to bear on that rib roast, carne asada or a nice tandoori plate yet they are elegantly balanced for pain free consumption. Plain wrap or barrel aged, try one of each!

Romeo Monastrell Joven 2009, Jumilla

Romeo Monastrell Crianza 2006, Jumilla

 

 

Altos del Cuadrado Tinto 2006, Jumilla Spain 

Mostly Monastrell (the Spanish name for Mourvedre) with a little Cabernet, this is much heartier than it’s low price might imply….go ahead and spit roast a goat!