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I recently received a shipment of Wines of Navarra to sample and review on the blog, and so far it has offered a beautiful taste of Spain. The first wine we tried was a 2015 Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin Garnacha.

Castillo Monjardin Garnacha

100% Garnacha from old vines , aged 6 months in American oak.

I am a big fan of Garnacha, and this was a big hit in our house, paired with turkey chili of all things. It would be great with a selection of Spanish meats and cheeses, and I am kind of dreaming of a glass of this wine and a plate of Manchego right now.

Elegant and well balanced, beautiful light ruby in color, this Garnacha offered chocolate, cherry, and earth notes without being heavy or overbearing at all. This is definitely a red for all seasons and could be sipped in front of a fireplace on a snowy day with lighter meat dishes as easily as it would pair with grilled chicken during a summer barbeque. I’m definitely not a red only in winter and white in summer wine drinker, and I always love finding wines that transcend season.

Exploring more of Spain (I’ve been to Barcelona only.) is definitely on my travel wish list, and I would love to walk some of the Camino de Santiago someday. . . so hopefully tasting Navarra wines where they grow is in the cards!

The Wines of Navarra website is really beautiful and offers information on the regions and its wines and gastronomy

About Navarra

Navarra is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, a storied land of vast inherited cultural wealth tucked into the Pyrenees of north-central Spain, just below France.

Navarra lies at the nerve center of a celebrated medieval pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, and was once a Kingdom of Navarra, whose cultural flowering under French monarchs in the late Middle Ages left behind both a stunning architectural legacy and a potent residual ‘Frenchness’ that still pervades local sensibilities.

Navarra sits along a rugged, transitional zone at the convergence of three major climate types–Mediterranean, Continental, and Atlantic. Its landscape comprises semi-desert basin, lush woodland hills and high mountain peaks, all within a total area is smaller than that of Connecticut.


Wines of Navarra provided me with wine samples. All opinions are my own.

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Lineage celebrated their eighth birthday this Monday, and despite the fact I tasted some great wines this week, the Poema Cava Brut Rosado sparkled its way into my palate and my heart. Pink and summery, nice and dry, with some strawberry and floral notes, the Poema is an easy drinking bubbly that seems like it would go well with everything and would be the perfect wine to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

Poema Rose Cava

At this particular event, the Poema Rosado was served with delectable bites from Chefs Jeremy and Lisa Sewall. Lobster tacos from Lineage are the perfect food, with a bit of crunch, sweet lobster, mango, and avocado cream. The bubbles in the Poema, along with the light fruit notes, paired perfectly with the lobster and mango.

Lineage lobster tacos

We also feasted on Island Creek Oysters, which are the PERFECT pairing for this Cava. I have eaten Island Creek Oysters many times, but these were sincerely the best I have ever had, and the brine and sweetness popped with the Poema. Also enjoyed? A few buttery lobster rolls, which, you guessed it, went perfectly with the Cava. Bubbles and fat go well together, and the buttery brioche from the lobster rolls benefitted from the acidity of the wine.

All in all, my wine of the week is a great food wine, and the folks at Lineage definitely put some thought into their food and wine pairings that evening.

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Thanks for entering, everyone! This contest is now closed. picked comment #1! Congrats to Betsy, I hope you enjoy the wine!

The holiday season is the perfect time for entertaining friends and family, both in elaborate, planned dinners and in instances where friends are in the neighborhood and just stop by. For us, it’s always important to have delicious, food-friendly wines around to open for such occasions, and with so many events happening, it’s also very helpful if these wines are a great value.

Tapeña Wines fill this need perfectly. Tapeña—the wine with the little fork on the label—is a big blend of tradition, camaraderie and good taste. A fusion of the terms tapas, the American equivalent of bar hopping with an epicurean twist, and peña, a gathering of close friends, Tapeña is the definitive food-friendly, value-priced wine at $9.99. Tapeña drinkers are like good friends, and as such, they offer an easy and fun rewards program.  Register now, and start earning rewards!

Since Tapeña is all about sharing, they are giving me the opportunity to help one of you celebrate the holiday season in style with a Tapeña  party pack. One lucky reader (aged 21 or over!) will win a bottle each of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Verdejo and Rosé, along with some festive Tapeña party swag.


Tapeña tapas

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To enter:

Be at least 21 years old.

Leave a comment here letting me know how you would celebrate with Tapeña if you win.  Would you have a tapas dinner party for friends? Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Spanish theme?

OR check out the Tapeña Wines Blog, and stop back here to leave a comment about one of the recipes or other posts you read there.

For an extra entry, tweet, “I want to win a party pack from @tapenawine and @traveleatlovemm” and follow @tapenawine. And/or give them a like and tag them on Facebook

I will choose a winner on Monday, December 5 at 8:00 ET,  using  ¡Buena suerte!

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