"Spanish wines you can't pronounce"
Mark Lloyd of Chambers & Chambers did the tasting. We tasted the following wines:
Pirineos Mesache Blanco (Somontano Spain) a blend of Macabeo, Gewurtztraminer & Chardonnay
paired w/ blistered shishitos, sumida watercress tempura & tomato toasts
this pairing was a perfect marriage - the acidity in the wine brought out the sweetness of the peppers and the smokiness was a mellowing factor in the final flavor on your tongue. the Macabeo grapes are the grapes found in Spanish Cava - yum.
Protoccolo Rosado (Manchuela Spain) a blend of Bobal and Tempranillo - a Spanish Rose
paired w/ polenta stuffed mussels - the dryness of the wine complimented the tomato sauce in the mussels - OMG delicioso - another perfect pairing. another perfect pairing would have been a paella.
Finca Luzon Verde (Jumilla Spain) made with Monastrell grapes
paired w/ braised chicken, apricots and almonds - this organic wine is a great everyday red wine. This was a good dish, but not my favorite of the evening.
Sierra Cantabria (Rioja Spain) a blend of Tempranillo & Graciano - a fruity, full-body wine
paired w/ lamb sausage, Ma'o carrots and green onions - now this was my favorite for the evening. This wine's earthiness brought out the unique flavor of lamb - I don't want to use the word gamey, because it wasn't, but it brought me back to being in Greve, Tuscany in Italy - food and drink from the old world
this was one of my favorite pairings and tastings