Savor Spain this Holiday Season
This year, holiday festivities will look very different. Holiday gatherings will be a little smaller, end-of-year soirées might be virtual, and holiday gifts will probably go by FedEx rather than in person, but what hasn’t — and won’t — change is the desire to find the right bottle to elevate your gathering. This year find your perfect holiday wines from the rugged Spanish countryside of the classic wine-growing region of Ribera del Duero.
One of the highest-altitude wine-producing regions in Europe, it’s located just two hours north of Madrid along the Duero River on the elevated plains of Spain’s Castilla y León province. Its extreme climate — frigid winters, blazing summers and dramatic day-to-night temperature fluctuations — as well as its rocky terrain along limestone cliffs and mix of soil and exposures, offer a singular introduction to Tempranillo, Spain’s most widely planted red grape.
Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero produces intense, medium-to-full-bodied wines that can pair widely with seasonal holiday foods, from lamb and beef and roasted winter vegetables to dark chocolate cake. It also features complex notes often compared to winter fruit and warm spices, making it an ideal companion for after-dinner drinks around the fire, or as a special holiday treat for loved ones.
This year, savor Spain for the Holidays.