Ever hear of the D.O. Somontano? This wine region is located in the North East of Spain, south of the Pyrenees Mountains, which is the natural border between Spain and France. The area has a dry climate, with cold winters and hot summers. This makes Somontano one of the best environments for vine growth due to the calcisols soils and essential ingredients to make some incredible wines from this region.
D.O. Somontano is a small Denomination of Origin, focusing on producing mid-high range wines. The D.O. only has 30 years of history, but the winemakers in Somontano have been producing wine for centuries! So what makes Somontano one of those regions you may want to know? Well, for those that enjoy dry but vibrant wines with fruit forward flavors and an abundance of character and personality, then many of these wines are for you. The dominant grape in this region is garnacha, however you will absolutely find cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, and even chardonnay growing well in Somontano.
I recently tasted some wines from this D.O. and was impressed by the Sommos Glárima and the Enate Cabernet Merlot as well as the Enate Reserva and of course, all the great garnacha’s! Paired along with these wines were dishes from Amada: Chef José Garcés’s new opening in NYC at Brookfield, Place. The Glárima de Sommos went beautifully with a plate of manchego cheese and lavender honey, ham and cheese croquettes, Spanish inspired flatbread, juicy lamb chops, and a very beautiful dessert. This tapas style setting paired with the lovely wines of Somontano is an experience you will want to take yourself on very soon. One weekend, stop by Amada and enjoy a glass of Somontano wine with one of the fabulous menu options at this hot new downtown dining spot!
Want to learn more about the wines from Somontano? Stay tuned for some in-depth food and wine pairings coming this summer! Please pair responsibly.