One of my most dog-eared and used cookbooks is called The Spanishwoman’s Kitchen by Pepita Aris. Browsing it earlier this week I was drawn to a favorite recipe ‘Carne con chocolate’, which I love pairing with different Spanish red wines. Interestingly, it is not just me that is interested in Spain. Today, the United States is in love with Spain and all things Spanish, its foods, its chefs and its wines. One only has to look at the proliferation of tapas style bars to see the impact of Spain across the country.
Winemaking is Spain has truly revolutionized over the past 15 years. Gone are the tired, oxidized styles, and in are the vibrant, youthful styles that work so well with so many different cuisines. While, today there is an explosion of wine choice from many different Spanish wine regions, I thought that we’d first focus on Rioja, Spain’s oldest and most well known region.