Drinking a bit of Saragossa


It’s not National Day but today we are visiting Zaragoza for a while, we will walk by Queiles river side, tributary of Ebreo river that it’s born in Soria, crosses Zaragoza (Saragossa) and flows into Tudela. Just there, in the city of Zaragoza (Aragon) and we enjoy the view of Romanic Basilica–Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar (Spanish: Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar) – The Basilica venerates Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title Our Lady of the Pillar praised as Mother of the Hispanic Peoples by Pope John Paul II. It is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Mary in history.

Romanic Basilica–Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pilla. Photo from Wikipedia.
Romanic Basilica–Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pilla. Photo from Wikipedia.

Nothing looks the same if you enjoy it with a good and original red wine that reflects not only Zaragoza’s terroir but the personality of the people from the city. Very well-balanced. Authentic.

Worth pairing with our traditional dishes. Stew and roasts. If you like powerful and different wines, this one’s gotta be yours. Representational and following their traditions to produce unique wines in the country. The savoir faire of the French in the North of Spain. Not to be missed.

Guelbenzu history dates back to 1851, although in 2001 when it experienced a major boost with the opening of the new winery in Vierlas, border between Navarra and Aragon.

Guelbenzu Azul 2009 pairing with Spanish chorizo and morcilla de Burgos.
Guelbenzu Azul 2009 pairing with Spanish chorizo and morcilla de Burgos.

Guelbenzu Azul 2009.

Vino de la Tierra Ribera del Queiles

Alc.: 14,5% vol.

Price: 7,95€

Colour: blood red with violet hues, slightly salmon pulling salmon. Still very young.

In the nose attacks with spicy, black pepper and subtle vanilla notes. Leather, mint,  and peppermint. It reminds me to roasted lamb and cognac hints. Very original nose. Slightly notes of toffee, cinnamon and hazelnut.

In the palate smooth but with a powerful tannin, long taste, light, fresh and well-balanced, tasty and slightly salty. With a refreshing bitter touch. Very fruity.

Best pairing with: Spanish chorizo and morcilla de Burgos

How I enjoy and love the land of Saragossa!

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