Navarra Wines, A Confluence of Cultures

By Pablo Aguero,

Situated in northern Spain, Navarra’s history stretches back to the Romans and includes close links to France, both in terms of its proximity to the country and the fact that the Count of Champagne, Theobald I, also held the title of King of Navarra. The region maintained its independence as a separate kingdom until it finally succumbed to the Castilian empire in 1512.

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Dolias at Villa Romana de Arellano

Coupled with this lengthy history is evidence (vinous vessels, called dolias, unearthed at Villa Romana de Arellano) that Navarran wine has been an important product from the very beginning.

Moreover, given Navarra’s place along the Camino de Santiago, it has been at the crossroads of many cultures for centuries. From the earliest days, pilgrims came from England, France, Germany and elsewhere throughout Europe, bringing their customs and cuttings as they passed through.

 

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Bravura Navarra wine hits all the high notes

By Pablo Aguero,

Spain’s D.O. Navarra wine district nestles just east of La Rioja like two lovers spooning in bed. With much the same soils, the same Río Ebro influence, and a millennium-long winemaking tradition, Navarra has everything to make great wines. It even has some of the oldest plots of the Garnacha grape in northern Spain.

Eleven Navarra producers came through Boston last night showcasing one wine each at the terrific Spanish restaurant Taberna de Haro (999 South Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-8272, tabernaboston.com). Chef Deborah Hansen’s crew passed tapas as we tasted. Among them were the stunning deconstructed version of her salt cod saffron meatballs,albóndigas de bacalao, shown above.

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The Daily Meal – Say Sí to the Wines of Navarra: A “New” Taste of Spain

By Pablo Aguero,

Navarra may not have the name recognition of their winemaking hermanos in Rioja, but the region produces an abundance of wonderful vino. Located in the north of Spain, the vineyards of Navarra span the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains to the Ebro River Basin and the Bardenas Reales Desert. This diversity of terroir and micro-climates makes Navarra naturally suited to produce a wide variety of wine styles – from refreshing whites & rosés to complex & bold reds.

I was recently invited to learn more about the wines of Navarra at a fantastic seminar led by enthusiastic experts April Cullom and Robin Kelley O’Connor. April said that “Spain is about food, wine, and fun” and Navarra certainly embodies this attitude. Known as the garden of Spain because of its exquisite produce and cheeses, Navarra has a rich culinary tradition and the wines are absolutely food-friendly.

From www.blackdresstraveler.com, by Wanda Mann

 

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Luxury Web Stocking Stuffers By Manos

By Pablo Aguero,

Castillo Majardin Garnacha“Finally, from Navara, Spain, the Garnacha from Bodega Castillo de Monjardin. The Monjardin vineyards lie on sunny slopes of the Pyrenées at an average altitude of 1800 feet, and are cooled by the infamous “Cierzo”€ wind. Considering the retail price, this wine is excellent and can compete in quality with wines priced more than twice as much. “

 

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