Just before I left for Spain, I had this crazy idea of searching out the best white Rioja I could find. To be honest, I found loads of white wine but its very difficult to choose a single wine as the best, so I’ve gone with three. These are three very different wines, and everything about them is different: the way they are made, the grape varieties used, how they are aged, and when they are drunk. I knew that two of these would be high on my list, but the third was a real surprise.
I seem to have missed the 2005 somewhere along the way, but I am sure I have tasted it. Oh well. This 2006 is a great example of what can be done withMonastrell in the right hands. This wine is a bit of a favourite year in and year out, for consistency and value you can’t go far wrong here.
Just about every Sunday night at Casa Tinto y Blanco we fire up the oven and have a roast chicken with a bottle of wine. Its become something of a tradition that ends the weekend on a high, and is much more enjoyable than ironing my shirts and folding my jocks for the week. Plus it gives me a chance to look wines, mostly white wines, from all over the place with some nice food. I’ll try to write up most of these sunday sessions as something a little different for the site. If you have any suggestions for either a roast chicken recipe or a wine to try with the chicken, leave a coment and I’ll see what I can do.