So what does a furnace blower motor, an oven and a wine from Spain have in common?
They all happen to be things I've experienced in the last few days. Bet you'd never have gotten that....
Since the blower motor and oven are just things I've had to deal with recently, replacing one and buying a new one of the other, I felt compelled to at least reward myself with a nice bottle of wine, hence the last item, the wine.
It was a little difficult to decide on the wine as my new oven has yet to be delivered so I'm faced with only being able to use the burners on the range. Rather limiting on such short notice for me. It was also difficult as my shopping for the week was predicated on having an oven so my choices were limited until I either get the new oven or make an interim trip to the grocery store. So for this particular evening, I was on shaky ground as to my options. My days as a single male managed to come through for me on this occasion though. The ole standby; pasta with store-bought Marinara sauce.
Many an evening was spent in my early days as a divorced man having multiple bottles of one sauce or another along with all sorts of different shaped pasta. Just to be fair, there was probably an equal amount of frozen foods in my freezer to give me some semblance of variety.
Back to the wine. I actually had a nice Italian wine proposed. What better than that with pasta? But all of my Italian wines are of the much higher end variety so I didn't think they would be appropriate for this particular meal. French would have also done nicely with it's earthier backbone and drier finish, but that too meant dipping into some nicer wines.
So a little perusing of my wines and I came across a wine I had a few months ago that is also a little older vintage, 2010 to be exact. Just so happens to be a very nice wine from Spain and predominantly Tempranillo. Knowing it to be a slightly drier finish and more rustic in nature along with a $30 price tag, I said "perfect." Really, I heard myself say that out loud.
A 91 and above rated wine, my own rating at 92, made for a special night amongst a couple of nights wallowing for having to spend money on my other two items. As I said, a nice medium bodied wine with dried fruit, a slight herbaceousness and a slightly dry finish that lasted. All the things that made it a good combination to my not-so-homemade pasta and sauce.
One night down, but I have a couple more until my new oven gets delivered. I'm not sure I can maintain pasta each day. I may have to break down and pick up some carryout somewhere. At least I know I have other wines that I can pretty much pair with anything that I come up with.
So you know, 2010 is the most recent vintage on the shelf. As I think I've alluded to before, Spain tends to age their wines, even after bottling, for a number of years till they feel the wine is actually ready to drink. Based on most of the wines I've had, they seem to know what they're doing. One last item of note, this winery produces a wide range of wines with very similar names, so make sure you pick up the right one. Although having had others, this is a winery that makes good wine across the board.
Looking for a nice wine to go with dinner, consider this weeks "Wine of the Week." I just hope you're not having to deal with other issues like I did.