Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Jan 11, 2011 Beso de Vino Seleccion 2009 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestAguarón, Carinena DO, Spain $13-16 +139618 at BC Liquor Stores and private liquor stores www.besodevino.comOk – so I’m not a fan of the cutesy critter labeled wines. I know, I know – call me a cartoon snob – fine. It’s marketing and I get that and it’s perfectly fine – it’s just not what I’m drawn to. Having said that, I fell off my high horse and in love with this little wine drinking bull upon first sight. He’s so cute! He’s Spanish, and his name is Antonio, and we seem to share the same interests. Plus, he’s only $13 – a huge boon in January. So into my basket goes Antonio. And now that he’s home and I’ve gotten to know him well, we’ve become fast friends.15 year old Syrah is married to 40 year old Garnacha (Grenache) in this savoury and smooth red. New world meets old Spain – the flavours and terroir of the ancient Carinena clay ring strong through the modern vinification techniques. The dense colour and intensity come from high heat skin maceration and fermentation, tamed by 3 months in French oak. Notes of earthy cherry and currants lead to a robust and juicy palate with flavours of black cherry, pepper, dusty cocoa and savoury spice. Tannins are present, but soft and welcoming – this is the friendly bull you want to meet in the ring, or take with you into the china shop. I enjoyed Antonio’s company alongside slow roasted pork ribs on one night, and prosciutto-mushroom pizza the following evening. And for $13? Steal.Beso de Vino is made by Grandes Vinos y Viñedos S.A. Founded in 1997, their goal is to create a strong economic driving force for the 1,200 vine growers in the Carinena region. The company bases its strategy on “quality, innovation and commitment to the surroundings and the environment.” In 2009, Grandes Vinos y Viñedos teamed with Kukuxumusu (“The Drawing Factory”) to develop this new premium quality brand of Beso de Vino.*If this whets your palate for Spanish wines, check out the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival website. Events for this spring’s festival (one of the top wine festivals in the world!) are being loaded on the site this week. This year Spain is the theme region, and there are some incredible seminars, tastings and dinners in the lineup. DON’T DELAY purchasing your tickets or you’ll miss out on fantastic wine opportunities. March 28-April 3, 2011.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsBeso de Vino Selección 200915 year old Syrah is married to 40 year old Garnacha (Grenache) in this savoury and smooth red. New world meets old Spain – the flavours and terroir of the ancient Carinena clay ring strong through the modern vinification techniques. Notes of earthy cherry and currants lead to a robust and juicy palate with flavours of black cherry, pepper, dusty cocoa and savoury spice. Tannins are present, but soft and welcoming – pair with slow roasted pork ribs or prosciutto-mushroom pizza. Fantastic value for the price.Red WineSpainWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Comments are closed.