Hey everyone, Catavino is headed for a brief vacation! My aunt and uncle have flown in from Santa Monica, California for a 10 day whirlwind tour of Roman ruins, coastal hideaways, small medieval pueblos, quaint little restaurants serving fresh grilled fish, leisurely strolls through the expressive creations of Gaudi, and of course, a dip in the warm and ever inviting Mediterranean. What more could a vacation could possibly consist of?!
While Ryan and I packed up our gear for the weekend, we realized that without batting an eyelash, we grabbed a few bottles of Fino Sherry and Cava – our two summer standbys. These are the styles of wine we reach for when we don’t want to think, and know without a doubt, they will pair beautifully with whatever we place with them. Frisbee along the shore with a 1/4 pint of olives, fresh bread, a hunk of sharp Manchego cheese and 40 grams of Jamon Iberico de Bellota from Salamaca – perfect! An impromptu barbeque at our casa rural (a cheap house in the country you can rent for a song) with a seafood paella and mixed salad bursting with fresh produce bought in the open air market that morning – lovely! A simple lunch of gazpacho - ideal! Even if we choose to sit and watch the sun set over the valley, gossiping over time’s past, both of these wines continuously bring a deep and gratifying smile to our faces.
So the question we leave you with today, while we enjoy our four day vacation in Costa Brava, is: what are your summer comfort wines? What are the wines you grab off the shelf without thinking twice when the temperatures heat up? We’re talking wines that don’t cost a ton, require no though when consuming them, and provide plenty of enjoyment. Please share your suggestions in the comments below and we’ll see if we can all learn about a few new treats for the coming months.
Gabriella and Ryan Opaz