by Dwight Casimere
This bright, lively red wine from the heart of Galicia in northwestern Spain will be a welcome guest at your Thanksgiving table. Its bright red color gives an indication of what's inside the bottle; a youthful red wine with intense, concentrated flavors of ripe raspberries, cranberry and a touch of anise, just like the flavors of many of the dishes on your holiday table.
The wine is made from grapes grown in the hills below the Cantabrian Mountains, an area bound by the Mino and Sil Rivers. The rivers flow down to the Atlantic Ocean and the combination of complex soils, ocean breezes and the low-yeilding vines stressed by the rocky soil, produce a wine of unparalleled richness and concentration. A hint of salt from the ocean breeze adds just the right touch to make this wine a delicious accompaniment to food. Its especially great with your Herb-encrusted Turkey and accompanying Sage Dressing. This wine will have your taste buds singing!
Winemaking in this region of Spain dates back to Roman times. The practice flourished under the tutelage of the Monks in the Middle Ages. The name Ribeira Sacre, means "sacred river bank" and refers to the spectacular canyon that lines the Sil River. More than a dozen medieval monasteries, filled with artistic treasures, line its hills and banks, a reminder of the rich artistic heritage of the region and its historic significance.
Tastes of red plum, currant and salt are indicative of wines from the region and Adras 2013 Mencia is one of the area's prime examples. At less than $20 a bottle, you can imagine yourself floating down the picturesque Sil river, without ever leaving the comfort of your home during the Holidays.