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2007 La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza, Spain

2007 Vina Ardanza La Rioja Alta
2007 Vina Ardanza La Rioja Alta

Tasting note: Medium garnet, pronounced intensity on the nose, stewed and dried fruit, sweet spice and licorice aromas, hint of tobacco. Full bodied style, medium acidity, ripe soft tannins, on the palate notes of black cherry, plum, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla.

Very complex and very smooth, long finish; delicious wine – I absolutely love it. This Rioja Reserva (Tempranillo & Garnacha blend) retails at around £20 which in my view is very good value for the quality you get.

Food pairing: Rioja and lamb continues to be one of my favorites food and wine pairings. I paired this wine with lamb cutlets with garlic and rosemary (seared in the pan and finished off in the oven), roast potatoes and tenderstem broccoli.

Lamb Cutlets with Roast Potatoes & Tenderstem Broccoli
Lamb Cutlets with Roast Potatoes & Tenderstem Broccoli

And by the way, this particular bottle together with a Viña Arana from the same winery, La Rioja Alta, was featured in my SweervyWine & The City series last summer… 😉

SweervyWine Cooks: Delicious & Easy Courgette, Chorizo & Parmigiano Frittata

I was inspired to try out this dish by a confirmed carnivore who normally wouldn’t let anything vegetable anywhere near her. Ironically, I decided to add a carnivore twist to my friend’s purely vegetarian recipe (sorry, vegetarian people 🙂 ). The amounts used in this recipe provide a generous main course portion for two. Continue reading SweervyWine Cooks: Delicious & Easy Courgette, Chorizo & Parmigiano Frittata

ARE YOU DREAMING OF A WINE CHRISTMAS?

sweervywine logoWith the year-end festivities approaching fast we are all starting to plan our numerous get-togethers, dinner parties and of course our Christmas and New Year’s Eve meals. In the heat of these preparations we should not forget that food and wine taste much better if they are matched correctly!

To help you celebrate in style I am running a seasonal promotion for my wine consultancy services until December 20, 2016. Continue reading ARE YOU DREAMING OF A WINE CHRISTMAS?

Susumaniello, The Mysterious Italian At My Dinner Table

Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Nero d’Avola are all well-known and much loved Italian grape varieties. But did you know that Italy actually has over 700 (!) indigenous grape varieties? Yes, that’s a lot to taste through. I’m thrilled to report that I at least made a start by getting introduced to Susumaniello, an ancient grape native to Puglia region, the “heel” of Italy. Continue reading Susumaniello, The Mysterious Italian At My Dinner Table