There’s nothing wrong with a “nice little wine.” That’s what I like to call them.

Tonight I opened a bottle of 2006 Protocolo Tinto Vino de La Tierra de Castilla – there’s a mouthful. Unfortunately, it’s not really a mouthful of wine but it is a tasty little wine that you can probably find for under $10.

This Spanish wine is made of the country’s most noted grape, Tempranillo. The winery owns a lot of acreage and produces a lot of wine. This value wine has a relatively smooth earthiness to it that would go nice with mild pasta, pork, or a beef stew perhaps.

The biggest thing I learned about this wine is that it really improves if you open the bottle 30-45 minutes before drinking.

It’s good wine, nothing special but again – far better than a grocery store choice. You might not find the label, though it is widely distributed. My advice here is don’t be afraid of inexpensive Spanish wines. Tempranillo is a great value wine. Give it a try!

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