Are you a grape lover who likes to taste different wines from across the world? Me too. Last week I had the opportunity to attend a blogger event at Heinen’s featuring wine and cheese pairings from their wine buyers recent trip to Spain and Portugal. (What a dreamy job, right?!) Read more about my experience below to see how you can recreate the same event at your home or attend a similar upcoming event at Heinen’s! Hopefully you’ll love these Spanish and Portuguese wines as much as I do.
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Please note: I was invited to this Heinen’s blogger event free of charge. All opinions are my own.
A Grape Lover’s Guide to Spanish and Portuguese Wines
This blogger event was held at the beautiful Heinen’s grocery store located in Chagrin Falls. When you enter the store, turn to the right to be blown away by their tasting room! The size alone is incredible, but the variety of wine, beer and spirits available for purchase will knock your socks off.
After hearing a bit of the backstory about how the Heinen’s wine buyer became acquainted with a 5th generation winemaker in Spain, we began to sip and taste our way through these delicious Spanish and Portuguese wines.
The first wine we tasted came from Jumilla, Spain and was a 2017 Pedrera Blanco. This wine was specifically made for Heinen’s, so be sure to snag a bottle of this exclusive blend before Heinen’s runs out! This white blend was light-bodied, crisp, and had a lemony finish. I loved it! It tasted similar to a Sauvignon Blanc for a familiar reference. Pair this wine with a naked goat cheese from Spain, summer salad, and grilled shrimp for a delicious al fresco meal!
Side note: I thought these wines were going to be super pricey…but I was completely wrong! The 2017 Pedrera Blanco is $7.99. Yep, you read that correctly!
The second wine we sipped was a 2017 Zagalin Blanco from Rueda, Spain. I immediately tasted notes of pineapple and tropical fruit….so good! To compare it to a wine you might be more familiar with, it is similar to a ripe, unoaked Chardonnay. Pair this crisp white wine with goat cheese (I recommend Leonora goat cheese from Spain), grilled veggies and seafood paella. Yum!
This wine is $11.99 and can be found in Heinen’s grocery stores. Many of the cheeses and food pairings I am recommending can also be found at your local Heinen’s.
A 2017 Pedrera Tinto from Jumilla, Spain was our third tasting. With a mouthful of this berry goodness on my tongue, I had flashbacks to my time studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain where sangria and tinto de verano abounded on hot, Sevilliano nights. At $7.99 a bottle, you can find me drinking this all summer long. This wine is comparable to a fruity Petite Syrah and would go great with salmon, patatas bravas and harder cheeses.
Tasting number 4 was a 2017 Zagalin Tinto from Montsant, Spain. It was darker and fuller than the tinto and is similar to a zin-based red blend. I tasted berries, blackberries to be exact, and loved every last drop of this glass. Pair this with campo de Montalban cheese from Spain, mushrooms, and grilled steak for a hearty and filling supper.
P.S. This bottle is priced at $12.99.
Our fifth sip was a 2017 Pedrera Reserva from Jumilla, Spain. It is aged 6 months in oak and has a more concentrated, deeper finish than the Pedrera Tinto. You might find the Reserva to be similar to a Red Zinfandel. Drink this alongside grilled steaks or BBQ. This bottle will only set you back $10.99, so grab a bottle for dinner tonight!
The sixth tasting was a 2016 Juramento from Castilla y León in Spain. This wine was smokey and savory to me…and I loved it! While this was the most expensive wine we tasted, at $19.99, you can still purchase this bottle without feeling like you need to save it for a special occasion. Pair it with manchego cheese and your guests will love it.
While we did get to taste two of the Portuguese wines, I have to admit that I was feeling a little bit chattier (hello 6 tastings later…) and was concentrated on devouring my plate of patatas bravas, shishito peppers, and paella. For more information on Heinen’s excellent selection of Portuguese wines, click here.
If you’d like to attend an upcoming Heinen’s event focused on Spanish and Portuguese wines, click here. Want to wow your friends with your wino knowledge, print the below worksheet and use this blog post as your guide. (If you need the below worksheet in a bigger size, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.) You can pick up all your bottles and food at your nearest Heinen’s!
My friend Alyssa blogs at www.themexitalian.com!