Pairing with Spanish Classics

These wines are perfect for Spanish fare


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Paella is not a dish, so much as a method of preparing just about anything that requires the inclusion of rice, and in absolute terms a paella pan. While Paella is in many ways the mac ‘n cheese of Spain, ubiquitous with endless permutations, it’s also one of the most complex and joyous dishes in the Spanish repertoire. This classic version includes meat, sausage and shellfish, and the truth is I would opt for one of the great roses of Spain to pair with this preparation.

The Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva is pretty much unique in the world of wine--I mean who else is selling aged Roses? Savory, fruity, bright and complex, it’s a remarkable wine and a great partner for Paella.

The only other candidate that springs to mind on the singular occasion that I’m considering aging rose happens to be Valentini’s Cerasuolo di Montepulciano, which is frightfully more expensive than the Tondonia, and a wine that you have to buy young should you wish to drink it aged. And yet, it’s a wine well-suited to Paella, and one that should not be missed if you get the opportunity to try it.  With paella of course!

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