Spanish Dynamic Duo

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Spanish wines are so good and seem to be getting better each year. That might be due to the fact that the U.S. wine consumer is discovering Spanish wines, and we see more imports to the U.S. The quality-to-price ratio cannot be beat from any other wine region in the world. Ten years ago when people talked Spanish wines, it was all about Tempranillo from the Rioja wine region. Today we can purchase wines from all over Spain, consisting of a variety of grapes. Last week I reviewed the Black Slate wine from the Priorat located in Catalonia. The Black Slate is a blend of Garnacha and Carignane.  Here are two delicious Spanish wines that I purchased at the Costco Store in Redwood City. This Spanish dynamic duo will work wonders for a dinner party. One is an Albariño wine and the other an old standby from the Rioja.

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Kentia Albariño 2014 – $9.79

The Kentia Albariño makes a perfect Aperitif, especially if you are outdoors. It is refreshing and clean, with some lemon characteristics. This is a stainless-steel produced wine, so no oak or woodiness conflicts with the pure essence of the Albariño grape. Grill up some shrimp or Padron peppers to have a perfect match with the Kentia Albariño. The Wine Enthusiast rates the Kentia 90 Points, and I will give it 88 points. This is a terrific wine bargain for just under $10.

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Marques de Caceres Reserva 2010 – $15.99

Follow up your Aperitif hour with a delicious dinner and a scrumptious bottle of Marques de Caceres Reserva 2010. Reserva in the Rioja means the wine must be aged in the barrel for at least one year, and in the bottle for two years before released. This particular wine spent 20 months in French oak barrels and two years in the bottle before being released. Please see tech sheet. That is a good amount of aging. In California, aged wines adds up to expensive wines. This is not the case with the Marques de Caceres Reserva 2010. The $15.99 price is amazing for this wine.  A gentle aroma sweeps from the glass, with pleasing red and dark fruit flavors. This is a classy drinking wine, refined, mellow, and gentle to the senses. The balance of acidity and tannins are perfect. The finish is wonderful. The Marques de Caceres Reserva is perfect with many dishes, but especially roast chicken, lamb, pork or beef on the grill.  My favorite with any delicious Tempranillo from the Rioja is Paella. This wine deserves a strong 90-point rating.

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