When I was at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival a gentleman came up to me and wanted to discuss wine and cigars. He had a cigar booth just outside the building I was doing the wine pairing demo in. When I was done with my demo I went out to speak with Ruben. His cigar company is Lindo Cigar and he had a gentleman there rolling fresh Dominican cigars.
Even though I am not a cigar person, I though of my husband, son and his cousin who come to our house every weekend and eat our food, drink our wine and smoke Paul’s cigars. I am just joking, because I enjoy it and wouldn’t have it any other way. I purchased 4 mild cigars and two of the stronger cigars. (I had no idea what I was purchasing).
Fast forward a few weeks and I was participating in #winestudio which is an online wine education program on Tuesday evenings. The wine of the evening was a 2012 Bodegas Bilbainas Zaco from the Rioja region of Spain. It is 100% Tempranillo and retails for $14.99.
This is an exciting fresh wine. Nice deep color with a purplish tint. There was some cherry, cedar, licorice and a hint of tobacco on the nose. (Perhaps that’s why it went will with Paul’s cigar).
On the palate the wine had notes of raspberry and red fruit. It was a very fruit driven wine. It was nice and easy to drink.
Paul and I had began the evening on our front porch with a glass of this wine and he lit up one of the stronger cigars I had purchased from Ruben. He thought the cigar went extremely well with the wine.
I on the other hand, thought the wine went very well with our dinner of pulled pork.