There’s not too many things I can think of that I really enjoy when trying to relax, other than a glass of wine. As of lately, it’s becoming my go-to drink when the lady and I are enjoying a drink at home. We both started getting into wine the last few years, and I was actually shocked when I found out that it has such a high alcohol percentage…usually 10% – double the amount of a normal beer! When we first started drinking wine, we were pretty cliche. We thought that whenever we had a glass it had to be on a special occasion, or it would always be with dinner and always with Italian food (LOL). I think that was because we were newbies in the wine drinking game! I now realize that a glass of wine doesn’t have to be shared over a candlelight dinner for it to be a special moment together. Whether it’s paired with dinner, on the couch in the evening during a family game of Trouble, or while I’m on my laptop in my zone of blogging, I definitely appreciate a nice glass of wine to make these everyday activities feel cozy and complete.
So when Nate had a play date one Saturday, wifey suggested relaxing in our pajamas with a nice glass of wine. That was music to my ears! It’s not too often you get to block out all responsibilities and be in a complete state of relaxation with your favorite flicks and the perfect red wine. We recently came across Tempranillo from the Spanish wine region of Ribera del Duero and it has been our go-to ever since. It pairs well with just about anything, whether it’s food fresh off the grill, pasta night, or even some popcorn and Netflix in bed! We popped open a bottle of Finca Torremilanos Montecastrillo Tinto 2016 and it really just set the mood for the day. Popcorn and movies in bed are great, but add in a bottle of wine and it’s just the icing on the cake. We were sipping, snacking, laughing and just enjoying every moment of our afternoon.
If you’re a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, you should definitely try Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero. I’ve heard and must agree that it’s a “red wine lover’s dream”. It’s the perfect wine for every meal and every occasion and definitely helped elevate our afternoon at home! Next time you make that stop at your local wine store, remember to look for the Ribera del Duero logo on the back of the bottle (or save one of my blog post images to your phone) and try it out for yourself! Or you can just order it directly to your house from www.wine.com! I highly recommend trying Finca Torremilanos Montecastrillo Tinto 2016 and El Vinculo Crianza 2012. If you try it, let me know what you think, and how you paired yours. Was it over a yummy steak dinner, or with some popcorn and candy like us?!