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Wine Finds: Spanish Wines for Outdoor Dining | Food and cooking


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By Gail Appleson • Post-dispatch special

If you’re out on the patio enjoying a light appetizer, a hearty grill dinner, or both, it’s best to have a variety of wines on hand. When it comes to aperitif wines, consider light, crunchy and refreshing whites that are best served chilled. For grilled meats, look for full-bodied, fruity reds that can resist the fat, flavor and weight of the meal. Here are two fine examples in Spain.

Avinyó 2019 Sparkling Blanc, Spain

Bought • Wine and Cheese Place, 457 North New Ballas Road, in August for $ 14.99

Description • Avinyó, a Catalan family winery best known for cava, produces this delicious, crisp white wine. However, sparkling wines are made using a different process than cava, are just slightly sparkling (sparkling means spiky), and tend to be low in alcohol. A blend of 70 percent muscat, 20 percent macabeo (viura) and 10 percent xarel-lo, this is a refreshing, easy-to-drink dry white that tastes of fresh stone fruit and citrus. crunchy. It’s perfect for sipping on a hot afternoon or pairing with shellfish.

Ego Bodegas 2017 Goru Gold Red Blend, Jumilla, Spain

Bought • Wine and Cheese Place, 457 North New Ballas Road, in August for $ 10.99

The description • Goru Gold, which received 93 points from Wine Spectator, is a bold big red that really packs a punch. It’s a blend of 80 percent Monastrell (Mourvèdre), 15 percent Syrah and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon that has aged for 12 months in French, American and Romanian oak barrels. The result is a spicy, smoky red with firm tannins and an alcohol content of 14.5 percent. Tasting rich and concentrated berries and hints of vanilla, it will accompany juicy burgers and bratwurst cooked on the grill.

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