In January I ordered a case of wine from our local wine and beer store for the wedding. (Local is all relative here…they’re about 70 miles away, but still.) In order to get the best price on the case, I signed up for their wine of the month club. I figured I buy at least a bottle of wine a month anyway, so I might as well put the purchase to good use.
My February selection from the Enoteca wine club was a Rioja (95% Tempranillo, 5% Viura). The wine was well, yummy. It had great mouth feel and was really drinkable. I’d spent a long time thinking I didn’t like tempranillos or tempranillo heavy wines but as it turns out I dislike Western Oregon tempranillos. I tried a few in the Walla Walla area last fall and they were quite good and this cemented the grape’s redemption for me.
I’m really excited about the wine club because when I buy red wine I tend to reach almost exclusively for pinot noir. I grew to really like it when I was in grad school in the Willamette Valley but sometimes I need to branch out. European varieties and styles tend to be intimidating because I don’t know enough about them to just pick one off the shelf.
I don’t know how long I’ll keep my membership in the wine club beyond the minimum period (I totally used it for the discount on wedding wine) but for now I’m really enjoying trying something new.