Spain and Portugal Wine Pairings

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Spain - Priorat

I remember my first Priorat clearly. It was dark and sexy yet earthy on the nose, rich yet structured on the palate, and at the end of each sip, I wanted to take another. The wine is made primarily from Garnacha (Grenache) yet is planted on soils made up of slate and quartz. The interesting thing is that you can easily imagine how the wine comes from these soils. Many producers go for an intense and modern style. This is important to keep in mind when deciding with what to pair.

Some of my favorite pairings with Priorat are dishes off the grill or furred game. However, with the weather turning colder, I’ve been craving Cassoulet, and it just so happens that Priorat is a perfect pairing. If you haven’t made this dish before, you don’t know what you’re missing, it’s worth every second of the preparation. It’s a rich and warming dish with wild flavors of sausage, gamey notes from the duck confit and the slow-cooked comfort of well-seasoned pork and beans.

2007 Mas La Mola Priorat - The nose showed tart red berries, sweet floral notes, moist undergrowth and a hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, it showed tense, focused red fruits with firm structure that was softened by a dose of juicy acidity. Flavors continued to evolve in the glass, showing wild berries, tobacco and savory meat broth, all the while remaining fresh and youthful. The finish was dry and structured, promising years of development yet still enjoyable now with its tart red berry fruit that clung to the palate. (91 points)

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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
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    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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