Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

These Spanish Wines Are Truly Unique

 All wines have a history with some going back eons. Spain has always been a leader in the making of unique wines and the two wineries being described here today are no difference. They come to us with a colourful history and of course, delicious wines.

Reserva de la Tierra "Curious" White Wine  100% Sauvignon Blanc      $13.95     92/100 points

Region: Castilla-La Mancha

Colour: Pale yellow, clear and bright. 

Nose: Ripe white fruit such as peach, apricot, citrus, herbal straw 

Palate: Light body, citrus lemon, refreshing acidity with lasting clean finish. Charming. 

Notes: The seeds of Reserva de la Tierra were planted 70 years ago in Argentina by the parents of Felipe Gimenez, emigrants from Spain decided to put their wine knowledge to use and produce vineyards in Spain. This wine comes from Castilla-La Mancha region (Remember "Man of La Mancha"?) in the heart of Spain.. Its wines are known as Vino de la Tierra and have a quality of indication rating just below the Denominaciones de Origen Protegidas category (DOP).  The IGP rating or Indicaciones Geografikas Protegidas is used throughout this region. .The name "Curious" comes from the young winemaker called Maria who had a passion for making wines and very curious as to making innovative wine that was different. 

Food:  Tilapia, prosciutto, light meat and light salads or on its own on a warm summer's eve!     

Ana de Heras Cordon      100% Viura grapes       $19.95                                           93/100 points

Region: Rioja

Colour: Golden, bright and clear

Nose: Pear, peach, apricot with touch of citrus

Palate: Medium body, silky smooth,  with fresh citrus finish.

Notes: The winery goes back to the 19th Century with  a pause in production during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930's. In 1995 new winery and cellars were built. The Viura grape is also called Macabeo picked young wine made from .the grapes have a citrus taste but wine from grapes picked older tend to taste oaky. Viura is mostly associated with Spain's Rioja wine region.  

Food:  Shellfish, oily fish such as salmon, mushroom rice, stuffed egg plant or on its own.   

These wines are available through "The Case For Wine" 416-482-0241 in Pickering, ON.