Several Spanish reds offer superb versatility when it comes to pairing with a variety of fare at the same meal, like robust beef dishes with rather bland vegetables. Make no mistake: These are classy wines, so don’t let the screw cap on some of them dissuade you from indulging.
This blend of premium Tempranillo and other grapes from Rioja shows a bouquet and taste of ripe plums, cedar, and a touch of licorice in its finish. It pairs well with veal, duck, grilled tuna, and even spicy Asian fare. Find it at Westchester Warehouse in White Plains and Larchmont Wine & Liquor in Larchmont.
This plum-and-cherry-scented red is made from a blend of Tempranillo, plus Graciano and Mazuelo, with 18 months of aging in a combination of French and American oak. It goes well with grilled steak and most vegetables, as well as hard cheeses. Find it at Aries Wines & Spirits in White Plains and Captain’s Wine & Spirits in Ardsley.
This outstanding bargain is a rich yet easy drinking blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, and Syrah grapes from the Campo de Borja region in Northwest Spain. It has a bouquet and taste of ripe cherries and plums and marries well with fare ranging from grilled branzino and lamb to pizza and pasta with red sauce. Find it at: Varmax Liquor Pantry in Port Chester, Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits in Yonkers, and Suburban Wines & Spirits in Yorktown Heights.
This big, bold blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Tempranillo has a bouquet and flavor of ripe plums and blackberries, with notes of wild mushrooms and oak in its finish. It provides auspicious accompaniment to grilled steak and beef stews, as well as cassoulet and even asparagus and green beans. Find it at Zachys in Scarsdale and Dodd’s Liquor City in Millwood.
Made from hand-harvested Mourvèdre (Monastrell) grapes grown in Southeastern Spain, this elegant wine shows deep flavors of boysenberries and plums, with hints of chocolate in its finish. It marries harmoniously with veal, lamb, swordfish, and tuna, as well as comparatively bland fare, like pasta with white sauce and baked potatoes. Find it at Bottle Grove in White Plains and Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop in Rye Brook.