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Sunday dinner makes those dark winter Sundays a bit more bearable. Add in a delicious Navarra Tempranillo, fun people, and a silly dog, and Sunday becomes positively joyful. It’s a tradition I highly recommend starting.

principe de viana reserva tempranillo



mashed butternut squash


roasted vegetables


red wine gravy


Sunday dinner    

The menu:

Slow roasted pot roast, seared first with garlic and onions, then popped into the slow cooker with a 1/4 cup of red wine, two shots of espresso, black pepper, sea salt on low for six hours

Red wine gravy, made with liquid from the slow cooker and a nice brown roux

Roasted veggies – parsnips, potatoes, and carrots, slow roasted in olive oil, salt, and pepper

Mashed butternut squash

Crusty baguette

Chocolate cake from South End Buttery

Príncipe de Viana Reserva 2011- One of the wines generously sent to me by Navarra Wine, this 100% Tempranillo was one I was waiting to share with some serious wine-loving friends. I knew a roast would pair really well with it, and Sunday dinner in itself is enough of an occasion to bring out the special wine, if you ask me!

Aged in oak barrels, with a deep garnet red color, this lovely wine had notes of cherry and smoky dark chocolate, full of flavor but balanced enough to not overpower our dinner. The menu went perfectly with it, from the umami flavors in the slow cooked roast to the earthiness and bit of spice in the roasted vegetables. The last few sips went to wash down dark chocolate cake, which only brought out the cherry characteristics of the wine. Really lovely.

In this fast-paced world we live in, there’s something so soothing about taking the day to prepare a meal and to share good wine with fun people. Slowing down on a Sunday is definitely one way of dealing with the Sunday scaries if, like me, they tend to dominate the day!


Thank you to Navarra Wines for sharing some of their delicious wines with me to pair with food and share reviews with all of you.

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Wine from Spain can offer some really great value, and while we love collecting some really special wines, we also really appreciate a weeknight wine, one that doesn’t break the bank but that still tastes great.

This 2014 La Granja 360 Tempranillo Garnacha is one of those wines. I loved it’s bright, cheery berry notes that were followed by a hint of spice. It definitely made me feel like taking a trip to Spain!

photo (59) I try to not judge a book by its cover (wine by its label) but I did love this label. A note from the winery about it:

The zebra on the label shows her desire to change her image. She paints her pelt a brighter colour. This represents the desire of the wine to change the traditional world of wine to an innovative new concept.

While this wine might be a bit too big and bold for your Thanksgiving turkey, it would be great with appetizers like stuffed mushrooms, some salty hard cheeses, sausage, meatballs, and more.

Speaking of Thanksgiving menus, our menu will look a little like this again this year. I think a dry sparkling wine goes perfectly with the whole Thanksgiving meal. Get a few bottles chilled and make someone responsible for keeping glasses full!

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