Thursday, March 5, 2009

An unusual grape

Last night we had broiled salmon and barley risotto and I opened a bottle of Les Brugueres, 2004 from Scala Dei. This Spanish wine is made from white Grenache and has a pleasant minerality with a hint of creaminess. I tried this wine several years ago, because it was different and I had never had a white Grenache before. I was pleasantly surprised at the complexity of the wine and the potential versatility that it offered. It has the body of a chardonnay or viogner paired with the crisp minerality usually found more in Alsatian whites or cool climate whites such as pinot gris from the pacific north west. This is a pricey wine at $25, but I think it is worth it for a new experience. Try something different and see what you think!

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