Patatas con Chorizo, a traditional dish from Spain, pairs perfectly with the wines of Rioja.
This simple stew is easy to prepare and makes for a classic pairing with the wines of Rioja. A Food & Wine recipe can be found here, but don’t be afraid to use lamb or chicken instead of (or in addition to) the cooked chorizo that I used. Rioja works well with this dish because its dryness, fruitiness, and fresh acidity counter the layers of earthy ingredients included in this recipe. Furthermore, I really felt that the oaky quality of Rioja nicely picked up the flavors of smoky paprika and the grilled flavor of the vegetables.
My preference is for the traditional style of Rioja, and we happened to be drinking the wines of Bodegas Muga, but I’m also a fan of the following traditional estates: López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, Marqués de Murrieta, CVNE, Bodegas Montecillo, and La Rioja Alta. For a fascinating discussion of “traditional” vs. “modern” Rioja, I highly recommend reading this three part report from CataVino. The YouTube clips of Rafael Vivanco (of Dinastia Vivanco (modern) and Maria Jose of Lopez de Heredia (traditional) are not to be missed.
posted on July 22 2009 by jesse