A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wine - Revisiting A Tempranillo From Argentina

     You simply cannot find many Kosher wines for $10 any more in our neck of the woods. And this wine was Kosher for Passover to boot, a factor that definitely implies additional processing costs. By the time I realized that today's wine was no newcomer, it was too late to get another for this column. I didn't feel like tossing a perfectly good wine down the sink and there is no way that I'll be drinking three wines at a time. The Marumatok winery has been producing kosher wine since 2007. They are located in Argentina's major wine region, Mendoza. Our companion wine is yet another Kosher for Passover Tempranillo, coming from the grape's stomping grounds, namely Spain, one costing at about half again as much. (I am making no claim about the vinification process).

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we taste and review were purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed Emuna Tempranillo Mendoza Argentina 2011 13.1 % alcohol about $10.

Let's start by quoting from their web site. "This wine is made with Tempranillo grapes, which are optimum for the making of wines with an exceptional structure and color as a result of the altitude and exceptional climatic conditions under which they grow. Wine - food connection : This is a suitable wine to accompany rice, peppers, stuffed potatoes, varenikes and other vegetable stuffed pasta. Recommendation : Tempranillo combined with Gefilte fish or Turkish rice is a good choice." And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was sweet offering perky acidity. It was grapey. Then came Wasabi-dusted peanuts. Now I tasted black cherries in my glass but it the wine rather thin. The main dish was homemade fried turkey breast piping hot from the skillet. The libation greeted me with sharp, refreshing acidity and some plums. Sauteed snow peas and mushrooms sweetened the liquid somewhat and it was fairly deep. This delicious meal terminated with bittersweet chocolate. Bye-bye wine.

The second meal focused on ground beef accompanied by chickpeas, tomatoes and lots of spices including chili. The Tempranillo was forward and presented dark plums and good balance but unfortunately more of that grapey taste. Frankly, if I wanted to taste grapes in my glass I would simply squeeze them raw. Steamed quinoa increased the liquid's acidity. Soy beans with roasted red peppers managed to thin our Argentine friend. Gobs of Chinese chili sauce on the meat rendered the juice peppery. In the presence of fresh strawberries made Red's very existence come into question.

The final meal began with Gefilte fish, in this case a mixture of Mullet, Carp, and Whitefish slathered with red (beet juice for the uninitiated) horseradish. In spite of the cited blurb the Tempranillo was short and didn't have much fruit or anything. Its fruit and acidity both stepped up upon pairing with Eggplant Rolatini, a boxed vegetarian meal that I doused with lots of grated Parmesan cheese.

Final verdict. If you are looking for a Kosher for Passover red in this price range you could do worse. Our legal department won't let us name names. While I may buy this it again I have no intention of reviewing it again.

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Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but drinking fine Iwine with good company. He loves teaching computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website  www.theworldwidewine.com  features a weekly review of $10 wines. His Italiian  travel website is www.travelitalytravel.com .

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