Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Two Fisted

Alexandria is home to the Resorter's Golf Tournament every August. This usually coincides with a visit from Glenn's Texas based cousin. Last Saturday's gathering had us contributing two different wines from Spain.

This first was a 2005 Number One Berberana Tempranillo. This dry, flavorful red had a deep berry flavor with hints of chocolate. Originating from Rioja, located in north central Spain, much of this wine's character depends on long ageing in American oak.

The second was a 2005 Tres Ojos, 100 percent Garnacha, which comes from 50-year-old vines from the Calatayud region, in northeast Spain. The soil and the long growing season, with hot days and cool nights, produce high sugar content and intense flavors in the grapes that carry over to rich, dry wines. It was lively in the mouth with zesty raspberry with a touch of spice on the finish.

Good food and wine stirred up with some good company is always a recipe for memories!