Sunday, June 20, 2010
I Love Old World Wines
Too many wineries in Europe have tried to modernize their wines to compete with those from the U.S. or Australia. But just as with architecture or culture, what makes European wines interesting is tradition. We've been trying to get some wines that really show the old world style - brooding, complex, sometimes earthy, and most importantly excellent with food. I'm very excited about a Rioja we just got in from Lopez de Heredia, a winery known for producing traditional riojas. Rioja is a region in northern Spain famous mostly for its reds, but most Rioja today is very different than it was even twenty five years ago. Lopez de Heredia makes their wines like they always did. Here's a great New York Times article about the winery. We have their Crianza which sells for $25 (retail) and is excellent. I can't wait to try it with some lamb.