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What Spanish Wine Pairs with a 1,500 km Protest Walk to Brussels?

If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may not be aware that a group of Spaniards called the “Indignados” (Indignants) have been fighting against the “Man”. For 2 months, they’ve raised their clenched fists in protest against the economic crisis, calling out corruption, unemployment, low salaries, lack of affordable housing, and the poor treatment against immigrants, to name a few.

But as of yesterday, with backpacks weighted with camping gear, protests signs and solid walking shoes, they’ve begun the 1,500 km trek to Brussels in order to raise awareness on a global scale. “We are going to continue, we are going to be even stronger, we are uniting for Europe because the problems we are facing are global. They also exist in Paris, in Montpellier, in Brussels”, added protester, Enrique Gasch.

The route they have chosen is not clear to us, though if any marchers are listening, we want to offer our services in a small way. We assume you might be headed up through Ribera del Duero, passing through Aranda del Duero. Or you might head over to Rioja first and then up through Basque country. Either way, for long marches, you’ll need fortification, and we have some solid options for you. Mind you, we don’t mean for this to be taken lightly. You’ll need to some extra “oomph” if you plan to make it Brussels. Hence here are our suggestions.

  • Ribera del Duero – If you make it that way, you’ll find lots of red and little white wine to refresh. We think a nice Joven would do the trick, lighter and easier to drink without the higher alcohol, generally speaking. If you’re lucky, or lost, you might wander up the back way and accidently find yourself in Rueda. If you do, you’ll have Verdejo to slack your thirst. But then again, if you find yourself in Rueda, you are lost, and have much bigger problems than quenching your thirst, such as finding a compass.
  • Rioja – Most likely a small part of your trip will bring you through this important region. Again think Joven or Crianza wines, but also consider the plethora of rosé and whites that might be more appealing on hot summer days.
  • Basque country is the one region we know they will have to march through, and if you don’t stop to grab a tapa to garner strength along the way, just turn back and start over. But more to the point, Sidra and Txacoli are your “go to” marching drinks. These are both crisp, fresh wines that will make any trip go faster, and keep the dogs from barking. Pick up a bota bag and load it up as your next major wine region is Bordeaux, and no proud Spaniard would want to drink of this French Juice when marching for the Spanish well being! 🙂

Just remember, when fierce winds and cold rains hit your day-glow orange jacket (safety first people), what else is going to keep your warm and loved than a young Rioja red? When temperatures soar, doesn’t everyone need an effervescent and brilliantly charming Txacoli in their scuffed up thermos? And what about bartering? If you lose your blanket, God knows that you’ll go far if you have a few extra bottles of Ribera del Duero on hand! Strategy is key!

We also encourage anyone who happens to stumble across this mini migration to go support these guys by bringing them some decent wine. Remember, without spunky and engaged people who are willing to question the status quo, we as a society won’t get very far.


Ryan and Gabriella Opaz