Spain and Portugal Wine Pairings

5 fantastic wine pairings with great, regional wines


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Spain and Portugal Wine Pairings It’s funny how people like to stay within their comfort zones. When most of us get into wine, it’s usually a question of French or Italian. As we explore deeper, we are introduced to the wines of Australia, Germany, Napa Valley and Spain. Take it a step further, and you might find yourself sampling wines from South Africa, Austria, Argentina, Chile and Portugal. However, at the end of the day, most wine drinkers find their comfort zones in the regions that they started with. That is a very sad thing.

If I didn’t force myself to explore wine further, I would have never discovered the lace-covered brute force behind Priorat, the depths that a Vintage Port can reach, or the absolutely seductive allure of an old Rioja. Obviously, I’m talking about Spain and Portugal, two regions that have been producing fine wine for centuries. It’s not just about ancient bottles of Port and Rioja either (although they are wonderful), both regions are turning out traditional and modern-styled wines that would tempt a lover of Old World and modern styles alike.

What’s more, they are unique from all other regions. I find that there’s something of a wild core to the wines of Spain, with rich yet structured textures that lend well to foods on the table. Meanwhile, Portugal’s wine industry continues to morph and grow with exciting new wines that are stunning yet have great value. It’s a good time to be drinking wines from Spain and Portugal, and that makes it an even better time to think about what you want to pair with them.

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  • Makes me want to get on a plane! Thanks for the great ideas and, as we know, a decent bottle of Cava goes with just about anything!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    Another great article Mr. Guido. Yes Spanish is often unknown and overlooked by wine lovers, both amateur and knowledge in comparison to places like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piemonte, etc. In September I went to a wine party where we had a Dinastia Vivanco Crianza 2008 from Rioja. Right away on the nose you could get dark plums and on the palate vanilla, new oak and dark cherries. But the even more amazing wine was a Rioja blend without any of the 'usual suspects' from Rioja. This was from a producer called Casa Roja and it was a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot blend with incredible depth, structure and multi-layered. Probably a Rioja that's not so easy to find, but definitely worth the search.


    Solomon Mengeu

    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

  • great

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:59 AM

  • wonderful

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:06 AM

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