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Chris Cook: Give Spanish wines a taste

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Walk the aisles of any wine shop or grocery store, and check out the wines crowding the shelves.

Chances are, most of the offerings come from the U.S., France, Italy, and Australia. 

But Hour Detroit Magazine's chief wine and restaurant critic, Chris Cook, says don't ignore the wines being produced in Spain.

"If there is a wine industry that deserves raves for being the 'most improved' in a relatively short amount of time, the wines of Spain get the applause," Cook says.

Cook says Spanish wines are among the best wines that pair with food for the price.

In his conversation with Stateside host CyndyCanty, Cook recommends:

  • 2009 Castillo de Fuendejalon Crianza ($10): Grenache grape based, characterized by bright, fresh cherry notes and tobacco and leather undertones. Lean, agile, great balance and acidity. A bargain.
  • 2009 Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines, Spain ($9): Grenache grape, very ripe. Raspberry aromas followed in the mouth by deep cherry-anisette notes and good acidity. Value plus.
  • 2006 Marques de Riscal ($17): Bright ruby-red, dried cherry and cedar aromas, ripe fruit and vanilla on the palate, complex and balanced, with slightly sweet supple finish. For holding.

*Listen to our conversation with Chris Cook above. 

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