White and Red Wines from Spain Are Good with a Greek Meal

We had friends round for the evening and served them a Greek meal.

We started with Stuffed Vine Leaves (Dolmades), accompanied by a Yoghurt Dip, Pitta Bread, Salad and Olives.  We opened a bottle of Torres Vina Sol 2010 from Costco.  This is an aromatic Spanish white made from the Parellada grape.  It was creamy, fresh with citrus and apple notes.  An enjoyable pairing with the starter.

The main course was one of our favourites – Greek Lamb Stew.  This lovely stew contains tomatoes, shallots, potatoes, almonds, lemon juice and feta cheese. It goes with a good variety of reds.  (See 17 and 18 August 2011 for some examples).

We opened a bottle of Rioja Antano Gran Seleccion 2009 from Tesco.  This is a medium-bodied Spanish red blended from Garnacha and Tempranillo with a good acidic sharpness that coped with the tomatoes.  There was also depth, vanilla warmth and spicy red fruits.  We were all very pleased with this pairing.

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