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Inexpensive wines for Spanish/Mexican wedding

nja | Sep 13, 2004 11:50 PM

Hi hounds!

I'm helping a close friend plan a wedding. The menu, as far as I know, is a starter of olives, cheeses, and tortilla espaƱola--the latter item I'll be cooking using the chowhound recipe (been practicing already). The main meal will be tamales (mild chiles and cheese), beans, rice, salsas (some hot for those that want heat), and perhaps a few more Mexican items.

What I'm looking for now are inexpensive wines--1 or 2 each of red and white, plus a sparkler--to match with the food. Top price of each is $10 per bottle. What I'm doing now is assembling a mixed sampler case for us to try with the food this weekend. I'm basically thinking one crisp, aromatic, little-to-no-oak white; another bigger bodied white; and a fruit-forward, easy to approach red; and another (?) red. Any recommendations?

A few ideas I've come up with so far:
White: Basa 2003 Rueda, Inama 2002 Soave Classico
Sparkling: Chateau St Michelle Brut NV

Please help!
-Nick

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