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Serrano-ham-based tapas, fatty fish such as salmon, or grilled pork chops

This comes from Bierzo, a region of northwest Spain whose old vineyards had been declining – or entirely neglected – until new winemakers saw the potential. Mencia, a local red grape, has been compared with pinot noir and gamay for its fruitiness. It's also high in acidity, so perhaps is not for everyone. This example is well crafted, with medium-full concentration, a lively berry core and dollop of dry earth. Great for serrano-ham-based tapas, fatty fish such as salmon, or grilled pork chops. Available in Ontario.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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