WBW #2: Spanish Reds

by irene on October 6, 2004

There I was this morning, perusing my list of Food Blogger links, when I merrily clicked my way over to Lenndevours. To my horror, what should I see there? His entry for the latest Wine Blogging Wednesday: WBW#2 – Spanish Reds, hosted by Vinography!

I gasped in dismay! What? I missed WBW?

This was unacceptable. I had already missed Sugar High Friday hosted by Jennifer at Domestic Goddess. I was simply appalled that I had missed both a chocolate event and a wine event! These are two of the key categories in the all important food groups – and I missed them!

But wait! I realized that it was still Wednesday, and I could still make the WBW event if I spent my lunch hanging out in the Spanish wine aisle at the local liquor store. So that is exactly what I did.

Now, typically I make Greg pick out the wine for events like this, but he was at work all the way across town, and I didn’t figure he’d appreciate an urgent call demanding his presence at the liquor store. He’s usually on board with this food blogging stuff. He suffers through photo shoots of our meals. He even handles it pretty well when I plan our menu based on what would make a good subject line. But this might have been pushing it a bit too far. Besides, I’m perfectly capable of picking out a Spanish Red on my own. Right? Right??

Well maybe not. See, what Greg is required to do is to keep me under control in situations such as this. I went in, found the Spanish wine sections, and could not choose. So I bought not one…. no, not two…. but three Spanish reds.

I trudged home with a Conde De Valdemar Reserva Rioja ($14.99), a 2003 Borsao Campo De Borja ($6.99), and a 2002 Castano Monastrell ($8.99). And then I left the decision up to Greg as to what we were going to drink.

He peered at the bottles and asked what we were having for dinner. The answer: leftover gumbo. He looked at me as if I had grown a second head.

Sure, I usually go all out for events like this one. I normally would have planned a menu of tapas, and served some exotic Spanish dish. But no…. because remember – I forgot about this event. So leftover gumbo it was.

Greg read the back of the bottles and chose… drumroll please…
2003 Borsao Campo De Borja ($6.99). And without further ado, here’s the info from the bottle:

“Pleasant fruity bouquet is well balanced by a youthful solid structure. Borsao is a blend of 75% Garnacha and 25% Tempranillo chosen from the best vineyards from the D.O. Campo de Borja. Each varietal is vinified separately with utmost care and then blended under the strict supervision of the winemaker.”

Ok, I can live with that.

What it comes down to is that this wine cost us $6.99 and we loved it. It was hearty, it lived up to the gumbo, and it is a wine that we will absolutely buy again. At $6.99, I am planning on buying a case.

As we discussed the wine over our bowls of leftovers, I commented on what a bargain it seemed to be. Greg’s response:

“Funny grapes from a funny place”.

That Greg. He’s quite the eloquent wine critic.

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Alder October 6, 2004 at 8:41 pm

Hey, I’m glad you made it, I’ll make sure to put you in the roundup that will be posted tomorrow. The Borsao is a fabulous value for the money — off and on it has been the house wine over here at Chez Vinography.


Lenn October 6, 2004 at 9:02 pm

See how easy WBW is!?!? So much easier than those COOKING blog events, don’t you think? ;)

I’ve had this one too…my old local wine shop (which is now 40 minutes away!) always had it for around 7 bucks…

I wish I could find some “official” tasting notes for my wine, but the bottle was all in Spanish and because the wine isn’t available in the US…I had no luck finding notes online…


enoch choi October 7, 2004 at 12:30 am

Conde De Valdemar Reserva Rioja is available around the palo alto area for $10 at costco ;) yummy stuff!


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