Looks like both Australia and Spain are headed home, so how to send them off?
Australian wine made a huge impact on the wine scene back in the day with all those annoying animal labels, but they are the fourth largest exporter of wine in the world. I can't remember the last time that I had Australian wine, so I went to a couple of my favorite wine stores to check what they had to offer. At both Chambers Street Wines and Frankly Wines they are selling the Small Fry Joven Barossa Valley 2013 which is a blend of tempranillo, grenache and monastrel. "Red fruits, a bit of spice, a hint of autumn leaf/camp fire spice," is how Frankly Wines describes it.
Casa Mariol Vermut Negre | Photo Credit: Nick C. Bumstead
It's hard to see the last World Cup winners head out so early, but they just looked tired. Maybe they should have had some Spanish vermut (vermouth) to put a little spring in their step. There are a couple of sweet vermouths I have enjoyed from Spain: Casa Mariol Vermut Negre and Atxa Vino Vermouth Rojo. Drink on the rocks and with a twist of lemon. Just perfect on their own to start an evening. The Vermut Negre is made from indigenous Catalan Macabeo grapes and is macerated with local wild herbs, nuts and spices. The Atxa is made from a blend of a neutral wine and alcohol macerated with a selection of traditional botanicals including wormwood, gentian, and cherry.