The sun is shining, temperatures are rising and barbecue season is upon us. Before you fire up the grill, make sure you’ve got something delicious to wash down all that smoky food. Coming from a hot, sunny climate, Spanish people know a thing or two about staying refreshed on a scorching summer day.
Spain is home to some of Europe’s preeminent wine-growing regions, including Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat. Spanish red wine is famous the world over, but what about the lesser-known whites, the outstanding bubbles, not to mention some of the world’s most popular fortified tipples?
Here’s your ultimate guide to the best Spanish wine (and fortified wine) for your summer barbecue:
In 1770, monks settled in the inhospitable land of the Costers del Segre region to do penance. They began making wine, and, when barrels started mysteriously to disappear, the monks claimed the angels were taking them to heaven. The smoky, toasted notes of this heavenly red from Familia Torres combine perfectly with grilled meat, while the Mediterranean character goes particularly well with spices like rosemary or thyme.
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