2008 Don Ramon Campo de Borja: Smooth, fruity, fun
feb. 9, 2011: you're a good man, don ramon -- especially on cold, snowy nights where you just want to curl up on the couch with a good book. we first got wind of this spaniard from dennis at winetree some time ago, and since greg had encouraged me to start developing a collection of inexpensive, good wines to have around the house whenever we felt like opening a bottle, this campo de borja was a no-brainer. this 12.5 percent alcohol spaniard is much less potent than other reds we usually have. plus, it's easy to drink, smooth, fruity, a bit black pepperish, and pretty fun ... definitely a good buy.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.