By: John Majeski
K&L Staff Member
Although I’ve concentrated on Rhone and French Regional wines for many years, my first passionate encounters here were with Spanish and Portuguese wines, especially the classic timeless renditions from Rioja brought in by Joe Manekin, our wonderfully savvy and knowledgeable Spanish buyer. Although he recently decided to move on to other challenges, many of his favorite wines remain to remind us of his discerning palate, convivial nature and unflagging eye for quality. To illustrate, the modestly-priced Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza never fails to impress with its sense of balance, incredible freshness and approachability, showcasing savory red fruits, good structure and polished tannins. A great match for festive paellas, grilled lamb skewers, or a hunk of warm bread and a fist-sized chunk of Manchego.