¡Viva España!

The Dutch looked invincible in the quarter finals and the semi-finals. They looked down right abysmal in the World Cup championship game. Thugs. Classless, plodding thugs. It’s not that Spain dazzled us with scoring fireworks, but at least they were aggressive around the box. Their one goal with minutes left in the second period of over time was all it took for them to be world champions. Congratulations.

In their honor, we uncorked a 2004 Condado de Haza tonight. This tasty tempranillo from Ribera del Duero is from our man Alejandro Fernandez, (the same guy that made the wine that I wrote about in Feelin Tinto Fino). OK, let me be honest, I was looking for an excuse to open the wine. I actually wanted Netherlands to win today.

I decanted this wine, assuming it had cast some sediment. Yep, there was a little at the bottom, but it was pretty hard to tell with this wine that is as opaque as FIFA referees and as purple as the mark on Alonso’s chest after he got kicked by De Jong in the match today. A little swirled kicked out delicious aromas of blackberry, cedar and the satisfying tingle of alcohol vapors. Ahhhhh.  

How does it taste? It tastes like victory. It starts off with round and deep with dark blackberries and cherries. It is quickly joined by tabacco and a hint of astringent tannins and eases out with vanilla aged raisins. Damned good.

It costs about $26 and is worth every penny. I think I would have drank it even if Netherlands won.

Down at the Trailer Park

I went to Dirty Bills last night for a few beers with JC (not the JC) and some other fun friends. I started off with some delicious IPA, but an interesting concoction caught my eye: The Trailer Park.

This is a down market twist on the lovely summer shandy. The Trailer Park is a Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boy pour over ice with a few lemon wedges.

So how does it taste? Like watery, lemony, cheap beer. At least it’s cold with all of that ice. And hey, at least all the extra water helps you stay hydrated.

I got mine for $2.50 at Dirty Bills, 511 Rio Grande St., next to Wahoo Taco in Austin . Enjoy