Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The wines of Spain

First, my apologies for being MIA on the blog.  The past month has been a whirlwind with planning some great events, spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Madison, GA and taking our first site visit to El Ciego, Spain as we plan a destination wedding for a great couple next May.

With the Holidays approaching I know many of you will be buying and sharing great wines with family and friends.  Following our trip to the Marques de Riscal Winery in the Rioja region of Spain I have to share how impressed I was with the tremendous wines that we sampled on our trip.

First, I must say, if you ever have a chance to visit the Rioja wine region and to stay at the Hotel Marques de Riscal, jump at it.  This Frank Gehry designed hotel is absolutely stunning and the region itself is beautiful.

When in the region I also highly recommend a visit to the nearby Ysios Winery that was designed by renown Architect Santiago Calatrava.

I had the good fortune to visit the wine country of Spain in the Fall when all of the leaves on the vines were in their spectacular Autumn colors.  Between the character of the area's Medieval towns such as the walled cities of Laguardia and Briones, the beautiful scenery and the amazing wines, this is a great area to visit and will make a gorgeous setting for the wedding.

Going back to the reason for this post, the wines of Spain are definitely stellar.  We had the chance to sample many great wines, one of my personal favorites is the Reserva from the Marques de Riscal Winery.  It is a robust red with a very nice finish.  For lovers of white wine, the Limousin, also from Marques de Riscal will definitely appeal to palates favoring Chardonnay.

This is not to discount the numerous other great wines and wineries in Spain.  My recommendation is to experiment and find the wines that are most pleasing to you.  Everyone's palate is different so find your own favorite wine and have a great holiday!


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