Tempranillo: our table wine for the holidays

We’re gearing up for a very busy holiday season and finding all the right details to make our dinner table shine. Our wine of choice is definitively one of those. We want to pick something with personality and is also enjoyable for everyone.

Tempranillo wines happen to be a very popular wine back home in Puerto Rico. They are bold and fruity, with notes of cherry and stone fruit, and coat the glass of wine beautifully. It’s a sign of our Spanish heritage that lives on and it’s the good stuff you want to serve your special guests with an elegant dinner or get-together.

It’s such a good wine that it even has its own #TempranilloDay on November 12th. It comes from Rioja, Spain. It actually occupies more than 75% of the vineyards in Rioja and what makes it so unique is that the red grapes used for the wine are harvested early being the reason why it’s called tempranillo. 

We like a tempranillo called Muga, Reserva 2011. It’s a well-balanced smooth wine that pairs with pretty much everything, which is why it’s our wine of choice for the holidays.

To make it pop on our table when guests arrive, we’ll place it in a basket with a nice white cloth to integrate it with all of the elements that make our table ours. 

Pairing tip: If you get the Muga tempranillo, try it with jammie things like a good pasta de guayaba with cheese. Or add fruit to hearty salads, like our roasted brussel sprout salad with dried cranberries and walnuts. Just roast everything with a little bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. (A little goat cheese is optional too!)

You can learn more about this wine at the Rioja Wine page or follow them @RiojaWine for inspiration. You are also invited to celebrate #TempranilloDay by just following the hashtag. Happy holidays!

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