Two years ago at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Santa Barbara, I met a fantastic group of women that are now my “blogger circle” (links to their sites are below). We regularly discuss all things wine, blogging, and wine blogging on a Facebook group, and then Google Hangout once a month, where we talk face-to-face about a particular topic that’s come up during our Facebook discussions. I’m constantly learning from them, and I particularly love our Hangouts because I’m able to come home from work and just geek out with blogger friends about something we all enjoy…and we do it over a glass (or several) of wine.
During a recent Hangout, I opened the 2007 Grandes Vinos y Viñedos Monasterio de las Viñas, which is a red wine from Cariñena, in the Aragon region of Spain. According to the press information that came with the wine, Grandes Vinos y Viñedos works with 5 winery partners within 14 different growing areas of Cariñena. These partners collaborate and release a variety of wines as Grandes Vinos.
The 2007 Grandes Vinos y Viñedos Monasterio de las Viñas (website) was a blend of 60% Garnacha. 30% Tempranillo, and 10% Cariñena. The wine’s color was a dark ruby with a purple tint. On the nose, there were dark cherries with hints of cocoa dust and smoked meat. In the mouth, there were black cherries, blackberries, and smoked meat with hints of cedar and pepper. The wine was medium bodied with medium tannins and high acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass. At an SRP of $20, this wine is definitely a food wine rather than a “sip and chat” wine. It’s a little thin and acidic, and while I enjoyed the nose, I just kept wishing for a little more every time I took a taste. Granted, that didn’t stop be from sipping away while talking online with my blogger friends, but overall, I felt the wine was a little pricey for what it offered.
Question of the Day: Are you a blogger? Do you have a blogger group and, if so, what is the most useful part of the group for you?