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Spanish Reds at the Common Market

March 2, 2009

My husband, some fellow win-os and I journeyed to the Common Market in Plaza Midwood for their free Friday night tasting. Don’t be misconceived by the convenient store as you walk through the door. The bar is toward the back. It’s a hipstery joint with a wordly collection of wines and beers. By hipstery, I mean, my husband and I weren’t in the land of seersucker and madras anymore. He, decked out in his button down polo, and I, donning my red high heels and matching purse, we were (and usually are) out of place in joints like these. Never fear hippies, we come from neutral territory bearing plastic, a quench for wine and Southern charm.

At the Common Market, you can purchase beer or wine off the shelf and they will open it for you to enjoy in the store. At retail prices, that’s what we call a value add!

The “wine geek” as he referred to himself was featuring three Spanish reds:

1. 2006 Earth 2.0 from Navarra, Spain for $12.99
This wine was the favorite of the group. It consists of 90% tempranillo  grape and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Tempranillo is a black Spanish grape used to make full-bodied red wines. It’s predominately used with red blends.

2. Cab-Syrah-Tempranillo blend from the Jumilla region of Spain for $11.99
Time to be honest here. I was socializing too much to write down all of the important attributes to this wine. It was the second favorite among the group so if you’re curious, go to Common Market and ask for it. I will try to keep my A.D.D. in check next time.

3. Old Vines Crianza Tempranillo for $9.99
This was very dry and probably the least liked by the group.

The wine geek said most of the wines can only be found at the Common Market so venture out there today for some eclectic alternatives. He had some keen insight into the Charlotte wine market and recommended Press and the Wine Shop at Foxcroft for the creme de la creme of wine shopping. Stay tuned! It’s on the Uncorked list.

By the time we left, we were all a couple glasses in on empty stomachs so we progressed on to Dish. It’s a Southern soul food eatery where macaroni and cheese is a vegetable and buttery biscuits are a staple. My husband was happier than Donna Martin at graduation. I was just happy to take home the Earth 2.0.


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  1. March 2, 2009 8:45 pm

    mmm Earth 2.0. We promptly finished our bottle the following night. 🙂 We had a great time with you guys – let’s do a free wine tasting again sometime soon!

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