Conde de Valdemar Reserva 2004, Rioja, Spain

Rioja sounds like Yee-Haw, and I have found a wine that is as much fun as you can have for less than 20$. Luscious dark red, oaky in aroma and a real thumping joy to drink is the Conde de Valdemar Reserva 2004. 90% Trempanillo and 10% Mazuelo, this is wine is a great opportunity to turn non-Rioja believers into devout followers. Cheaper Rioja’s tend to be a bit harsh, but by jumping up a price category or two to something like this Reserva is an exercise in appreciation of great value in Spanish wine. This wine does have smooth tannins, but it’s ability to display the gusto and bravado of Trempanillo inside a framework that let the grapes do the talking is what gives it’s confident sophistication. This wine has a very craft feel to it. Expect bright berries and cherries and even some subtle herbs. If you push your nose far enough into the glass you might pick up a scent similar to Porto hidden behind the berries and spices. The wine is complex, without being overwhelming.

My musical match is a 2010 Blondie circa Heart of Glass inspired pop production by the Ting Tings, Shut Up And Let Me Go. Young, confident and captivating describe the music and the memorizing video that accompanies the song. The vocalist, who identifies herself as simply Katie, let’s her strong emotions come through on top of a simple electronic melody. Without showing opera-singer range, she truly performs to her fullest potential and creates an engaging persona within a song. Without putting on any airs she commands attention. Just like the wine. So I will “Shut Up and Pour Another Glass” Cheers!

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

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