*** I received this wine as a sample. ***
I posted yesterday about how, on the Monday of President’s Day weekend, I went for an early hilly run before spending the afternoon watching the 2014 Olympics, knitting, and enjoying the Selkirk Abby Infidel. While I was being lazy, Hubby made a new beef stew recipe in the slow cooker. As the condo started smelling more and more delicious throughout the day, I had the idea that it would be fun to not only pair dinner with my beer, but also to try it with wine.
The 2011 Viña Zaco Rioja (winery, snooth) is a red wine by Bodegas Bilbainas made in Rioja, Spain with Tempranillo grapes. The wine was a deep purplish ruby. On the nose, there were black cherries, plums, and blackberries with hints of violets, fennel, vanilla. In the mouth, there were black cherries and blackberries mixed with hints of vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, and coffee. The wine was medium-to-full bodied, with medium-to-high acidity and tannins.
While it’s probably not surprising to those of you who regularly do beer pairings, the stew was amazing with the Infidel. In fact, when I first tasted the two together, I had no doubt that the beer was going to win the food pairing taste-off. And, then I tasted the Viña Zaco with the stew…and wow. On it’s own the wine was very fruit-forward, but when put together with the stew, the spice-focused characteristics really came through. In fact, pairing the two really brought out a depth of flavor in each, emphasizing the cumin and bay leaf in the stew, as well as the clove, nutmeg, and coffee in the wine.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. With an SRP of $15, this is a wine worth buying several bottles of—both to enjoy now and to cellar for the next several years. For wine lovers who like to puzzle through a wine, this one offers a lot of complexity that begs for another taste while trying to identify each characteristic. For wine lovers who prefer to just sit back and enjoy, this wine is well-balanced and food-friendly, so it is easy to do that, too. The Viña Zaco Rioja is an all-around solidly good wine that is affordable and tasty.
Question of the Day: When you open a wine or a beer, do you think about the food you’re eating with it or do you generally choose your drink independent of food options?
Suggested Retail Price: $15
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks