Spain is hot. Every few weeks it seems there’s a new region that’s
the coolest thing in wine. One region that’s been on the radar for about
a decade now but never really challenged for fad status is Bierzo, in
northwestern Spain. Along with Ribeira Sacra, a small region inside
Galicia, Bierzo’s reds are made with a grape called mencía. I’m
actually glad Bierzo hasn’t caught on, because that means the wines,
when we can find them, are affordable. You can read my take on the wines
of Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra in today’s Washington Post.
After I wrote this column, I had opportunity to taste another sample of Ribeira Sacra: the Viña do Burato 2008 ($18)
is another good example of the mencía grape. Fermented in stainless
steel and bottled without a whiff of oak, it is lively and fresh and
light on its feet at a mere 12% alcohol.
PS – A special salute on this Veterans Day to all members of the
U.S. armed forces, past and present. Thank you for your service.