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Fun Find Friday – Campo Viejo Winery

Written by Patti on June 17th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Campo Viejo recently contacted me to ask if I would like to participate in a wine tasting. Why, of course I would!

Last night they answered questions in real time while we sipped and ate. Melanie made a perfect roast chicken with roasted potatoes and scrumptious collard greens.

How did they pair?

The three wines came with a cool wine opener, a sheet for us to line up the wines and some info about each vintage. It helped prime us for the tasting.

Three Pretty Riojas All In A Row.

Number one was the Crianza. Eric poured and we all sipped. We loved how smooth this rioja tasted. It was very similar (to our untrained palates) to a pinot noir. Full of berry and vanillas undertones, this bottle was gone in no time. Clearly the favorite so far. Okay, so the only one we’ve tasted so far, but we loved it.

The Crianza - Rioja Numero Uno.


With one bottle down, we thought the next should be enjoyed with dinner. Roast chicken is the little black dress of all dinner parties as it is perfect for every occasion. And Melanie roasted a perfect chicken.

Melanie and I enjoying the Crianza.

For dinner, we paired the Reserva. This vintage enticed us with its smooth spice and coconut undertones. It was perfect with our meal.

We were so excited about the wine, we almost forgot to photograph the food!

As we wrapped up the meal with cheese for dessert (that Melanie is so continental), we opened our third bottle – the Gran Reserva. Aged for five years (two of those in oak), this lush beauty had us entranced by its dark berry and hints of chocolate. Oh so good.

Campo Viejo's Gran Reserva.

Although the winery was founded in 1959, they are always keeping up with the trends and continually modernizing their state-of-the-art facilities. I was surprised to learn that many of their oak barrels come not only from France, but also from the United States. Campo Viejo, a friend to mother Earth, is interested in sustainable development with a special eye on minimum energy and water consumption.

Earth Friendly, Super Delicious.

Campo Viejo Wines. Perfect with whatever you are having for dinner tonight.

xoxo, Patti

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Melanie says:

    That Gran Riserva is welcome on my front porch any day of the week. You, too Miss Patti!

  2. Patti says:

    Melanie, you have the best porch for sitting and chasing June bugs ever! I’ll be right over. xoxo