How is it possible that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I'm completely unprepared for the holidays? Beyond being truly grateful that I will be spending the day with my family, the only other thing I'm certain of is that I'll be bringing over a bottle of wine from Rioja. Thanksgiving is a quintessentially American holiday but during the two years I studied in Spain, my friends there joined me in celebrating the day with great food and wine. All these years later, I like the idea of bringing a bit of Spain to my table in New York and raising a glass in honor of my old amigos when I'm counting my blessings.
Even if you've never been to Spain, wines from Rioja are a good match with your Thanksgiving feast. The cool growing conditions in north central Spain nurture vino that is elegant, fruity, and well-balanced. Here are two fabulous and affordable options for your holiday meal.
Bodegas Palacios Remondo
La Montesa Crianza 2009
A beautiful blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo,and Mazuelo; this vibrant vino is aged
twelve months in French and American oak. It charms with a subtle minerality and hints of chocolate covered cherries, toffee and spice.
Ontañón Gran Reserva 2001
Velvety and voluptuous, this balanced blend of Tempranillo and Graciano is aged thirty-six months in French and American oak. Hearty enough to pair with turkey and beef yet soft enough to pair with dessert. Wonderfully versatile!
To learn more about the wines of Rioja, visit the Vibrant Rioja website.