Tag - Spain

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Feeling Rosé
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‘Hood eats: Lebanese
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A Ms. Child cooking project
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Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha 2009
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‘Epilogo’ Sauvignon Blanc-Moscatel 2012
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Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2013
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Borsao Granacha 2012
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Airport wine bar epiphany
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Marqués de Riscal Rosé Rioja 2010
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Mundo de Yuntero, Tempranillo y Syrah 2012

Feeling Rosé

The morning snow flurries had stopped, the clouds cleared completely — they just seemed to disappear. While I read the newspaper and contemplated my “spring forward” Sunday, just outside the window behind me, a fleeting whisper of the coming Spring was springing.

Suspicious of the buzz of activity outside on the street I reached for my iPad, entered the code to unlock it, flicked my fingers around the screen in an expert blur of perfectly choreographed movement and launched the weather app. It was 40 degrees! Flooded with hope that the winter might actually soon end I jumped off the sofa to the sound of the fluttering newspaper pages I was abandoning there.

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‘Hood eats: Lebanese

So many fresh discoveries await my eager-beaver attitude towards this cool little neighborhood where I now live. Effervescent with my ever-growing fondness, and with a brunch buzz, I thought up a new blog feature where I visit all the many dining establishments not far outside my doorstep and pair with them wines for delicious take-out feasts. Here’s the first one.

Cave de Saumur ‘Saumur Blanc’ Lieu-dit Les Pouches 2013
Loire, France
$12
Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez De Haro Crianza Rioja
Spain
$10
Lightbulb! Brainstorm! Action! I was on the train returning home from playing tourist in the city I now call home and that sudden, lightening strike of hunger hit the very core of my belly.

The first thing that came to mind was easy, it was the dive-y little hole in the wall in my neighborhood serving up Lebanese fare that I could not stop thinking about. I oh-so desperately was just positively dying to give it a try. That night, I decided, was the night.

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A Ms. Child cooking project

Panarroz 2011
Jumillia, Spain
$6.79
I must have felt like a cooking project. Flipping through “Chapter 7: Meats” of Mastering the Art of French Cooking I quickly picked a new recipe to try. Since almost all of them always sound delicious I figured I couldn’t really go wrong.

And so it was Boeuf A La Catalane (beef stew with rice, onions and tomatoes) that I found myself preparing early Sunday evening while listening to my favorite Beatles albums on shuffle. Past experience has taught me to begin cooking a Julia Child’s recipe early enough to not end up eating dinner at midnight!

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Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha 2009

Calatayud, Spain
Splurge-y
$10.99
The evening after a full moon, on a day when the spirit of fall was tossed about on the wind beneath rolling motley clouds, gray and white, I found myself particularly introspective. Cooking always helps when I find myself in this place, deep in my mind. And if I’m cooking, there’s certainly a freshly opened bottle of wine not far.

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‘Epilogo’ Sauvignon Blanc-Moscatel 2012

La Mancha, Spain
$7.99
Curiosity about this blend from the Spanish Bodegas Yuntero caused me to pause and consider. Sauvignon Blanc, a favorite, but with Moscatel blended in, 10 percent. Hmm, okay, why not.

For the sake of this blog, which mostly exists to help bring focus to my self-taught wine education and the off-chance that others might benefit or at the very least be entertained, I decided to give it a go.

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Bodegas Atalaya Laya 2013

Almansa, Spain
$7.99
Spicy and warm. Like España. Each bottle teaches me something new or recalls a memory, or just really helps me to open up and let the light shine through.

Stone, earth and jam. It’s a blend of Garnacha, Tintorera and Monastrell. There’s an astringent quality due to tannins that must have something to do with its youth. Maybe? Perhaps? Google it.

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Borsao Granacha 2012

Borja, Spain
$6.99-7.99
While watching the battle of Blackwater on Game of Thrones (yes I’ve only just finished watching season two, my apologies) inspiration came from queen Cersei, who wouldn’t stop knocking back glass after glass of wine, demanding “more wine!” and barking orders at Sansa to “drink!” I guess the best way to deal with your fears of losing a battle that may result in things getting a little rape-y for the women is to get inebriated.

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And so I decided I didn’t want to be left out of this fun. I popped open the bottle of the Granacha and settled in to get drunk with the sassy, bitchy, evil Queen Cersei. Speaking of bitches, I was taken back to Saturday nights hanging with my Atlanta crew. Miss those bitches.

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Airport wine bar epiphany

Special holiday edition
Nothing stops the Hood Somm! Even while busy running around the airport, headed for my family vacation aboard the cruise ship “The Allure of the Seas,” I industriously found the time to sniff out a wine bar at the United Airlines terminal at Newark international airport. What can I say, I work tirelessly for all you winos. Everything I do I do for, um, wine.

Vino Volo is pretty bougie little wine bar but it had a wine selection, and that was good enough for me at the time. The staff was friendly and the wines were served with coaster-like slips of paper that told me what I was drinking, its origin and a string of typical tasting notes verbiage.
vino volo

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Marqués de Riscal Rosé Rioja 2010

Rioja, Spain
Splurge-y
$8.99
This was not only the first rosé I’ve purchased with a cork instead of a screw cap but also the first that wasn’t French. This Spanish Rosé Rioja was more the dark and broody sister of its bright and effervescent French sibling.

It was every sip a Spanish rosé; fresh, mysterious and with a touch of something foreboding. She goes down at the end with a slightly bitter warmth.

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Mundo de Yuntero, Tempranillo y Syrah 2012

La Mancha, Spain
$7.99
On the day after opening this bottle I sat with the remaining half on my candlelit porch at twilight and it was the perfect pairing. Just gorgeous. This bottle was a fun time gal.

She seemed to enjoy the distant sounds of an outdoor music festival heard faintly in muffled tones punctuated by occasional cheers and hand-clapping — interrupted only by police sirens springing up at intervals from all around before fading off, each in a different direction.

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