Hey everyone! It’s time for another wine wednesday and I’m here sipping a nice large glass of Rioja Reserva 2013/14, a great red wine from Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (Spain!). The winery was family founded way back in 1879 and is still family owned to this day, with all the wines made today hailing back to the original wines first produced here and sold as a Bordeaux lookalike. This Rioja is a great soft and luxurious glass of wine lightly red in color with (we agree with the bottle here) a lovely brambly nose with light hints of spice! The tasting notes feature leather, coffee and even caramel all with nice overtones of autumn fruits.
The recommended serving pairing with food is for any kind of rich meat, such as grilled lamb or duck, so today we’re having it alongside a lovely, meaty, hamburger recipe. There are very few things in life better than sitting back after a long hard day with a great glass of red and today is no different! After a long day crunching through numbers and working through spreadsheets, there’s very few things in my life I enjoy as much as a beautiful (large!) glass of red wine, and combining this with brilliant food only enhances the experience.
I’ve recently had my love for wine reinvigorated after spending some time reading Fine Wine Master, a leading wine blog which I’ve recently discovered on Twitter. They’ve got some great resources there for discovering more about wine and finding out loads that you don’t know, so I’d really recommend everyone take a look and see what you can learn! I’ve also really enjoyed their recent article on wine bottle openers and chosen to replace my awful rusty old thing with a brand new one (electronic, woo!) and must admit I’m not looking back. The posting schedule is a little unpredictable, but if you want to discover more about wine (wine pairing, types of wine…unfortunately nothing much on food yet) then this is the place you need to check out.
I’ve also found this amazing video so if you do ever get caught without a bottle opener…you can apparently open a bottle of wine with a shoe!
I must admit, I’ve been caught in a tough spot without a wine bottle opener many times before but for the best of my recollection I’m pretty sure it’s always been when I’ve been out and about – usually while having a picnic! Unfortunately this has the negative side-effect of meaning that there’s rarely a wall around. But next time I do have problems opening a bottle of wine (and don’t have my new bottle opener to hand) I’ll be sure to follow the advice of the video and let you know if it works just as well with a tree as it does and let you know if you can use this to get out of your wine emergency.