A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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Wine of the Month: Vina Sastre Roble ’03 ($15) Ribera del Duero

October 18th, 2004

Vina Sastre is a family run winery in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. This wine is produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes from their estate vineyards. Although I find many wines made with the tempranillo grape to be light and fruity, this wine is rich and elegant. Vina Sastre Roble has a deep red color with aromas of dark berries. It is a medium bodied wine that is very well balanced with flavors of cherries and cedar. The wine’s earthiness is an excellent example of a well made wine in an Old World style.

This wine is a great everyday wine that will pair very well with food, especially grilled meats and hearty stews.

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