Whether you are on your own or with family, sitting down at the end of the day with a glass of wine and something to eat brings some structure and a much-needed moment of pleasure; even more so if the food and wine are in harmony.
Wines from Rioja are famously food friendly, as they tend to have medium-high acidity, smooth tannins and moderate alcohol. Montecillo wines are the perfect example with a balanced profile that pairs so well with many different flavours – even spicy and savoury dishes that can make more powerful or tannic wines taste overly alcoholic or even bitter.
On the other hand, fat and salt are wine’s best buddies, making them taste richer and smoother, that’s why cheese and red wine is a classic pairing. The 30% Graciano in Montecillo Edición Limitada 2014 makes it quite full-bodied for a Rioja with touches of black fruit and caramel, with the structure to stand up to even a mature cheese like aged Manchego, vintage Cheddar or Parmesan.
Montecillo Crianza 2016 is well-balanced with lots of vivid red fruit, as well as Rioja’s refreshing acidity that can help cleanse the palate after eating fatty cured meats, so serve it with a plate of charcuterie – particularly Iberian ham, cured pork loin and peppery salchichón. It also works well with tomato-based pasta sauces, like Bolognese, for an easy mid-week supper.
Montecillo Reserva 2012: additional years of ageing have given this wine a mellow, velvety texture, making it easy to pair with all kinds of dishes, even fish. Recreate a classic Spanish bar experience with an ensaladilla – simple to prepare from chopped cold potatoes, tinned tuna in oil, peas and hard-boiled eggs dressed with mayonnaise. A delicious appetizer in seconds!
It’s worth following some rituals to make the weekends feel special, even if you’re stuck at home. Dress the table, and serve a very special wine like Montecillo Gran Reserva 2010 to accompany roast lamb, pork or beef, stews or even a dessert made with dark chocolate, particularly if you add a touch of Maldon salt and some sharp red fruits. This is a wine that can take you through the whole meal.
Barrel-fermented white wines like Montecillo Blanco Fermentado en Barrica 2018 offer so many serving opportunities. It has the freshness and fruit that make it ideal as an aperitif alongside any tinned cockles, mussels or clams that you might have in the cupboard, but it also has the richness and roundness added by oak, that make it able to stand up to a whole baked fish with garlic, or even chilli roast chicken.
Sweeter foods can be harder to pair, as sugar can make dry or tannic wines taste bitter or acidic. But the fruity balance of Montecillo Rosé 2018 makes it perfect alongside the slight sweetness of roasted red peppers. Open a jar and serve them in strips over tuna and mayonnaise on toast.
A rich, oily fish like smoked salmon needs a wine that has both creamy weight and acidity to cut through the fat. Montecillo Singladuras Albariño 2018 would work well, whether the salmon is simply served on toast with cream cheese and chives or in a more complex cooked dish like salmon teriyaki.
We hope that we’ve given you some inspiration for some gourmet pairings without the need to leave your own home, you can even order Montecillo wines for delivery direct to your door https://www.osborne.es/bodegas-montecillo.