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As a self proclaimed oenophile, I take pride and careful consideration in the wine selections I choose to share with the people I love most. Let’s be honest; one of the greatest, self rewarding feelings is sharing a special bottle with someone you love who has never previously experienced it. You may often find yourself saying, “Just try this. Trust me.” Well, after opening a 2005  Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja, your guests will inevitably be smitten, smiling and spoiled. The Prado Enea is the chameleon of red wines to come out of Spain. This wine is elegant without being overwhelming and perfectly smooth. 20130409_192705It can be paired with anything and quite honestly, should be paired with everything. I especially recommend serving this wine with an incredible domestic cheese from Wisconsin called ” BellaVitano Balsamic”.  This cheese is proven to impress with it’s crystal like flavor bursts of aged balsamic, honey and jazz. The only problem about pairing an ’05 Prado Rioja with a BellaVitano Balsamic is that your guests will never leave….ever.

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2005 Prado Enea Grand Reserva Rioja: The Wine to Impress

Scent– Aromas of sweet honey and bright, bursting blueberries : 23
Color– Delicate crimson, dark cherries and highlights of red roses: 22
Taste– Deeply luscious and velvety with extraordinary notes of fig, licorice, grilled nectarines and freshly cracked black pepper: 24
Overall Experience– Be prepared to dance the night away! Soulful and perfectly energetic, this wine ensures a fantastic evening: 25

SCORE: 94

Related scores: RP-95
Market Price: $60

Song to Pair while Cooking: Gipsy Kings “Hotel California”

Recommended Food Pairings: Authentic Spanish Inspired Paella Spanish Paella

One of my favorite things to do after the finishing an amazing vino is to transform the bottle into art. Whether that be by adding some freshly cut flowers, dried grapes or my recent favorite…wine cork candles! It is the epitome of wine bottle je nai sais quoi. A subtle, yet stunning sight, these wine cork candles will leave your guests marveling on a multitude of levels. Most importantly, they will exit your home with impressive memories after having tasted the Roll’s Royce of Rioja’s- 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva! -RMH

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