One of the best things about living in NYC is being able to share a meal with some of the most prolific people in the wine world. That might mean that I eat more than I should sometimes. Tough job, but someone has to do it, am I right?
I’ve been a fan of Spanish wine for a while. It’s nice to see that more wine drinkers are giving wine from Spain the love that it deserves. They have many wine regions to enjoy and only keep getting better.
I had the pleasure of having lunch with Victor Urrutia, CEO of CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) at Casa Mono in NYC. The family owned winery is one of the most renowned bodegas in Spain due to their high quality of wine. They focus on winemaking in Rioja. CVNE’s wineries include Imperial, Viña Real, CVNE, and Continobes. The great thing about wines from Rioja is that they are age-worthy like wines from Bordeaux or Borgogne while being more affordable.
Spanish wine and tapas are always a good time. The CVNE Monopole Blanco Seco 2014 was great with seafood and burrata with caramelized peaches. The CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2011 and CVNE Viña Real Crianza 2015 were also great. I enjoyed pairing them with the jamon and skirt steak with onion mermelada.
Long story short, be on the look out for CVNE wines and other wines from Rioja. Pick up a bottle or two. It will give your palate a sensuous trip to Spain. Cheers!