Cool bottle, good wine
I'm a sucker for a good label, I admit, but I love it when a good label and good wine meet. That's the case with the Bodegas Vivanco, Vivanco Seleccion de Familia 2012 Crianza (Rioja, Spain).
Made of 100 per cent Tempranillo by winemaker Rafael Vivanco, it's fresh, smooth and very drinkable now, with notes of mocha, vanilla, licorice and ripe dark cherries.
It's an excellent pairing for all kinds of meaty dishes: steak, smoky ribs or even a well-crafted homemade burger.
As for that label? It's a copy of Le Troubador, a beautiful work of art painted in 1974 by the late Joan Miro, one of Spain's most famous artists.
There's a story behind the bottle, too. Made of heavy dark green glass with the name of the wine in relief on the glass, it was inspired after 18th-century bottles in the collection at the family's Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine.
The 2012 Vivanca is widely available. About $18.