February, a month of change and good wines!
February is a strange month. It’s the shortest of the year, but can sometimes feel like it never ends. After the excitement of Christmas and the joy of celebrating the new year, we are suddenly hit with reality. Here in the northern hemisphere we’re in the middle of winter with all that brings: grey days, bad weather, cold and dark evenings. The second month of the year has a very bad reputation, although February is also the month of love. We have a solution to these days full of change and contrasts: 5 recommendations to warm up this cold February.
5 wines to fill the shortest month of the year with light
Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva is one of those wines that you won’t be able to forget. Made by one of the most renowned wineries in Rioja, Bodegas Muga, Prado Enea Gran Reserva is a sensual and velvety caress that will delight even the most skeptical. A red wine that, without leaving behind its classic tradition, offers us the most refined face of Rioja through a meticulous and careful winemaking process worthy of the precision of a Swiss watch. A balanced and elegant red wine, perfect for moments of closeness and intimacy, togetherness and warmth.
If you haven’t heard this name before, try and remember it: Alvar de Dios. A young winemaker-viticulturist who has managed to revolutionise the Toro region (Castilla y León) in Spain, where concentrated wines full of character predominate. Alvar de Dios makes wine with a focus on the vineyard. He works the land with love and respect, following the tradition he learned from his grandfather Donaciano, who continues to care for a century-old vineyard. Alvar offers us wines full of honesty, an honesty that expresses its origins through the glass, like Camino de los Arrieros, an authentic wine that brings together a handful of native varieties and is fresh and smooth. A juicy discovery not to be missed.
Even though the winter months have their charm: they give you chance to relax, to enjoy intimate moments, quiet days, warm wines and comforting food; it is also true that the cold, the bad weather and the lack of daylight can make the journey to spring feel like a slog. Luckily we have Te Mata Sauvignon Blanc Estate Vineyards, a white wine made in the southern hemisphere, where it is now summer, that is perfect to be enjoyed at any time of the year and that brings us a breath of fragrant and pleasant freshness, perfect to pass the time before the spring emerges.
And, speaking of charming white wines, although the bottle is deceptive, because it looks like a red wine, the contents are lovely and bright. Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec is a radiant white Chenin Blanc wine that offers us the best of the Loire Valley. It is made according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture from grapes grown in one of the oldest vineyards in the area, where the oceanic and continental climates converge and where limestone and clay soils predominate. In short, a silky, elegant and exquisitely mineral white wine capable of bringing out the sun on the greyest winter day.
And since bubbles always bring joy, we are finishing our recommendations for the month in style with Camillo Donati Il Mio Sauvignon, an ancient sparkling wine (pét nat) that is a real party!
Made in Emilia-Romagna (Italy) under the very particular interpretation of Camillo Donati, and made in a natural way, this Sauvignon Blanc is a versatile, elegant, delicate and well-structured sparkling wine, perfect for celebrating this month of love.
Remember that a good way to spend the cold and dark winter evenings is having a look through Decántalo’s website where you can find this and many more new products that you can enjoy while you wait for the good weather. It’s sure to pass the time.