Last week was the launch of the “Drink Ribera Gourmet Sweepstakes,” a month long promotion where fans of Drink Ribera. Drink Spain on Facebook can enter for a chance to win one of four Spanish Suitcase gourmet gift baskets from yours truly. Packaged in a travel-inspired, recyclable “suitcase” gift box, each Spanish Suitcase contains foods from Ribera del Duero and surrounding regions, including Inés Rosales Olive Oil Tortas from Seville, Dequmana olives from Losada, Conservas Artesanas María Jesús Piquillo Peppers from Navarra, Chocolate Orgániko chocolates from Madrid and more.
Drink Ribera is a cultural organization that drives awareness of the quality wines produced in the Ribera del Duero, a high elevation, extreme climate wine region that spans four provinces of Spain — Castilla y León: Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid. Famous for wines made from the Tempranillo grape, Ribera del Duero is home to nearly 250 producers.
Today, we’re bringing you recommendations for which Ribera wines to uncork and enjoy with the great foods winners will discover in their Spanish Suitcase. For expert selections, we turned to to our friend Kerin Auth, proprietor of Tinto Fino, a NYC wine store that boasts “the largest, most passionate and informed selection of Spanish wines this side of the Atlantic.”
Here are Kerin’s top picks for Ribera wines. Not lucky enough to live a subway stop away from her jewel of a wine shop? Shop some of these selections and other unique Spanish wines in her online store.
- 1. Finca Torremilanos ‘Los Cantos’ 2009: “One of the most consumed Riberas in my shop — lush, juicy, ripe, dark, rich and smooth.” $20, available on tintofino.com
- 2. JZ Vizcarra 2010: “A rich, opulent and round wine with flavors of cassis, licorice and notes of forest floor. A great example of this 2010 vintage.” $27, available on tintofino.com
- 3. Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2008: “An excellent wine for the price! A seriously structured wine with a touch of modernity and French oak, 13.5%. Composed and tasty.” $65, available on tintofino.com.
- 4. Dehesa de los Canonigos 2006: “Aged in American oak, this wine has a classic touch. It has soft herbal notes, as well as cedar, cherry and dusty leather.” $48, available on tintofino.com.