Welcome to our next installment of #WinephabetStreet. In this series, Debbie Gioquindo and I will be working our way through the wine world by way of the alphabet. Each month we will take the next letter in the alphabet and learn the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.
M is for Mencia
Mencía (“Men-thee-ah”) is a medium-bodied red wine grape that produces wines with floral and red fruit flavors. If the fruit is harvested from older, low yield vines, it has shown the ability to age like other fine wines. It is suggested as an alternative for Pinot and Gamay lovers.
Mencia makes its home mainly in the northwest, above the border with Portugal, in a region that includes the districts of Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras. Since the region is not typically a tourist area, Mencia has been quite the secret for a long time. Another reason is local neglect. Traditionally Mencía was dismissed as an indifferent local table wine and was hardly ever seen outside of Spain resulting in thin and lack luster wines. In the early 1990s, several wineries began producing exceptional wines and people began to take notice.
In My Glass
2015 Descendientes de Jose Palacios Bierzo (SRP: $17.99)
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