The are restaurants back in full swing and the year of lockdowns thankfully in rearview (let's hope it stays that way!), but thanks to popular demand we're going to keep the MoVida wine packs available here for the foreseeable future.
The latest update to the 'Movida By the Glass' offering leans into the cooler weather; tipping the balance towards red in favour of Rose and making the most of a could of really interesting wines that have popped up in the last few weeks.
For those of you who haven't seen a 'MoVida By the Glass' pack before, the idea is to select botltes in much the same way we look at the by the glass offering of the wine lists - balancing the light, delicate next to the broad and powerful. Thinking about the sort of ingredients our chefs will be reaching for at this time of year and trying to find wines that will sing with those flavours.
Each six pack will be delivered to your door, with a little tin of sardines thrown in for good measure, for $160.00.
For this pack, launched in May 2021 the first bottle we had to throw in the box was a new cuvée from Bodegas Maranones, a wine called El Quiebro. It's a fantastic introduction to Albillo Real - a grape varietal that's been much loved in the MoVida restaurants over the years but still remains a relatively obscure beast, even in Spain! It's grown in the high altitude mountains west of Madrid and comes across somewhere between a Northern-Rhone, Marsanne-Roussane and an elegant new world Viognier. It's a wine we love at this time of year when Pine mushrooms start appearing and tapas start to lean more towards robust flavours - a time of year when a beautiful prawn is more likely to be set next to a piece of chorizo instead of the burst of fresh gazpacho we'd use in summer. To balance the textured white Albillo we've gone straight to another MoVida favourite - Gorrondona txakoli for it's bright, citrus and seashell crunch. A classic Basque flavour profile that's perfectly at home on a clear winters' afternoon.
In the place of a third white or a rose we're jumping into another fascinating new addition to our folio, Forjas del Salnes' Goliardo Tinto. Light bodied, fine and delicate, it's a beautiful way to kick off an evening and comes with a fascinating back story too. Next up is a little bit of a special appearance - a museum release of Daniel Landi's Las Uvas de la Ira Garnacha from 2014. Grown in high altitude granitic soils, this Garnacha typically shows wonderful purity and high toned florals next to bursts of fresh raspberry and pomegranate. All of that's still here too, but thanks to several years cellaring there's an added tertiary notes like just cut Jamon and a gentle pine-needle forest floor tones. We love Dani's wines when they're just released, but it's really fascinating to see this a couple of years down the line, still fresh but showing the cellaring potential the Sierra de Gredos really has!
From there the pack finishes with two more powerful, wintery reds. Bodegas Ponce's beautiful little Monastrell from Jumilla - a brambly, blue fruited wine that suits cold winter's nights and the rustic braises of Southern Spain. And finally Artuke's 'Pies Negros' Tempranillo - an old favourite from one of the absolute stars of Modern Rioja and a beautiful Atlantic vintage that shows the lifted cool fruit and prettiness Rioja can achieve.
2018 Maranones 'El Quiebro' Albillo Real (Madrid)
2019 Doniene Gorrondona Txakoli (Bizkaiko)
2018 Forjas del Salnes 'Goliardo' Tinto (Rias Baixas)
2014 Daniel Landi 'Las Uvas de la Ira' Garnacha (Madrid)
2018 Artuke 'Pies Negros' Tempranillo (Rioja)
2017 Ponce 'Depaula' Monastrell (Jumilla)