Matthew's World of Wine and Drink

About Matthew's World of Wine and Drink.

This blog began as a record of taking the WSET Diploma, during which I studied and explored wines and spirits made all around the world. Having passed the Diploma and become a WSET Certified Educator, the blog has become much more: a continual outlet for my passion for the culture of wine, spirits, and beer.

I aim to educate in an informal, enlightening, and engaging manner. As well as maintaining this blog to track my latest enthusiasms, I provide educational tastings for restaurants and for private groups. Details can be found on the website, and collaborations are welcome.

Wine is my primary interest and area of expertise and this blog aims to immerse the reader in the history of wine, to understand why wine tastes like it does, and to explore all the latest news. At the same time, beer and spirits will never be ignored. 

For the drinker, whether casual or professional, today is a good time to be alive.

La Bruja de Rozas 2015

La Bruja de Rozas 2015

The areas around Spain's capital city, Madrid, are not known for quality wine production. It's hot here, the summer days oppressively so. To the south-east of the city lies La Mancha, the home of Don Quixote and the largest wine region in the world, producing massive amounts of bulk wine often turned into brandy. But when the land rises above the plateau to altitudes of up to 850m, things become more interesting - and there are a handful of producers determined to work with the difficult conditions to make quality wine.

Comando G are one such producer, working to the west of Madrid in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range which lie in between Madrid and the history university town of Salamanca. Only established ten years ago, they farm almost exclusively Garnacha, a grape planted across central Spain traditionally for simple, local wines. Especially in these hot conditions, it produces full-bodied, high-alcohol wines that need the high altitude to tame them.

Comando G make a series of single-vineyard wines, as well as this 100% Garnacha blend. It shows that on its own Garnacha doesn't have to be big and rustic. Instead, there's a perfumed delicacy to the nose with aromas of strawberries, raspberries, roses, and herbs. Garnacha can lack tannin and acidity, but the high altitude (850m) gives the wine a freshness and a firm grip that also comes from extended maceration. An attractive, easy-drinking wine that also has a great label.

Price: $20

Vintage: 2015

Grape Variety: Garnacha

Region: Vinos de Madrid

Alcohol: 14.5%

Ageing: 9 months in large oak vats after a long maceration

Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Drink: now-2020

Food pairing: lamb; chicken; salmon; pasta  

Benevolent Neglect Mourvèdre 2016

Benevolent Neglect Mourvèdre 2016

Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault 2016

Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault 2016