KaTrina Wentzel

KaTrina Wentzel is a co-owner (with her husband, Paul) of The Wine Thief & Ale Jail in St. Paul. Along with her love of wine and travel, she bides her time teaching English at Mounds Park Academy and raising her fabulous children, who have been known to swirl and smell their milk.

Tuesday Tasting: Gine Gine Priorat 2008

Posted by: KaTrina Wentzel under Food and drink, Red Wine, Wine, Wine and Food Pairings Updated: July 19, 2011 - 11:17 AM

My focus is good wine on a budget for everyday people. So every Tuesday I’ll post a wine-of-the-moment with simple tasting notes and a recipe pairing. The notes won’t be overly detailed or profound, but they’re not meant to be. Instead, they’re meant to be fun with a bit of insight into some bottles worth exploring. Enjoy!





Not many of us can afford a pricey bottle of Spain's famed Priorat, but grab this 91 pointer (Wine & Spirits) and you’ll feel like you sneakily grabbed something mismarked from the splurge section of a store. A blend of Carignan and Garnacha (Grenache), this introductory Priorat is full of bright concentrated fruit, ripe tannins, and silky texture—all of which make it an extremely versatile food wine. Both bright and dense, you’ll get deep flavors of black currant, dried fig, stewed plum, and a hint of cinnamon and black tea. With solid acidy and a medium body, this wine doesn't get too big for its britches, but instead offers a great introduction to a unique wine region in Spain. Around $20.



Tastes like:



black currant, dried fig, stewed plum, cinnamon, black tea


Drink with:

 grilled sausages 


Stewed plum image courtesy of Jane Maynard 



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