Saturday, June 28, 2008

Flava of Luv.

The truth is - I'm a bit of an air head sometimes (I know this surprises you) but I totally forgot to blog yesterday. Didn't realize this until I was out with my friend Jill of Domaine 547 last night (an encore Hungry Cat evening!)

Today, another selection from Larchmont Wine and Spirits. I saw this yummy little baby on the shelf and my mouthwatered. 2005, Artadi, Vinas de Gain, Rioja ($29.99) is a favorite around this household. Like fava beans at the farmers market, it only seems to be around for a short time each year. 

I'm a huge luva of Spain's Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. When I prefer something more traditional and dusty I like to drink Ribera. When I'm feelin' mo' modern and flashy I get myself some good Rioja. (Granted there's a lot of cheap fruit bomb Rioja out there too, so you have to be choosey.)

The Artadi is what I call peanut butter wine - as in stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth kind of texture. The finish lasts for minutes. It's chalky, dense and rich... it has many of the elements of great Italian wine without the high tannin and acidity. Coffee notes and those American Oak dill flavors are my fav flavas in this wine. 

As Flavor Flav would say, "WWOOOOWWWWW."


Richard Auffrey said...

I also give two thumbs up to this wine. I tasted it this past December and loved it. I am a major fan of Spanish wines, from all regions of their country.

Anonymous said...


If you're a big Rioja fan and are curious for some more info, you may want to check out We did a two month report on the region, complete food reviews and traditional recipes.

Amy said...

Gabriella, That's really great - thanks!!! Very cool site! I have it bookmarked so that I can peruse thoroughly!

Anonymous said...

My pleasure Amy. And if you have any suggestions or comments, we're always open to hear your thoughts!