And now for something completely different - a red from Galicia! Though we (and pretty much everyone) love the regions's crisp whites there are red wines made in Rias Baixas as well. This is made from the little-known and almost lost indigenous Caino Tinto grape. It's very much a labor of love - kind of a cultural reclamation project you can drink.
Zarate's vineyards are tended as lightly as possible, with permenent gorund covers growing under the vines, and no chemicals used. Fermented in open-top oak vats using only the native yests, the wine then spends 12 months in 2nd and 3rd use French oak. This is very much a cool climate red, with bright fruit and acidity to match, and the well integrated oak lending structure. You definitely haven't had anything like it before. It would be inceredible with a feast of grilled octopus, sardines, and potatos.