Searching for Spanish/Portugese reds - cheap and light


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Searching for Spanish/Portugese reds - cheap and light

bunky | | Jan 30, 2007 02:47 PM

The article on reds from the Priorat region of Spain by Jordan Mackay

read like a very tasty dream, but sent me spinning off into my own. I started spieling in a comment after the article, but realized I'd be better off posting here.

Where are recs for cheap, really cheap and lovely Spanish and Portugese wines? With raisiny tones and oak. When I traveled around the Iberian peninsula for a month or so, I _really_ liked how I never got a migraine from any red, never got too looped after quite a few glasses, and yeah, it cost next to nothing. I know with USDA they have to add preservatives and junk that all adds to potential for migraine, but where oh where is that great raisin wine we had in the hill town of Arcos de la Frontera? (near Cadiz, Andalucia)...

I did a search at a local BevMo near my hometown of Berkeley. We tried all the Spanish and Portugese reds (okay, not all but MANY) that were $6 and under. We did find a Portugese red that was close, but the more recent vintage, out now, is too tight and puckery. I think, what we used to love is Alianca Foral Reserva '00...

Anyone got good ideas? I'm cheap. I don't need a five star wine. I want a light drinkable red I can have a glass or two of 3-4x/week. I'd even up it to $8 if it was glorious.

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