2007 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo
I've been invited to a paella fest this weekend at a friend's house and I'll be toting a few bottles of this wine from the Castilla-La Mancha region deep in Spain. The 2007 Volver "La Mancha" is bold and beautiful, tasting of cherries, dark plums and something earthy and appealing — a tremendous wine for the price.
It's a big wine, one that lends itself not only to all of summer's grilled meats, but also to rustic dishes such as paella, which mixes chorizo and rabbit or chicken, say, with saffron-imbued rice. The tannins are soft, but still there, indicating that it will hold up for at least a few more years, if you put some bottles away and forget about them.
— S. Irene Virbila
Region: La Mancha, Spain
Price: Under $16
Style: Rich and muscular
What it goes with: Grilled meats, especially lamb and chorizo, and paella
Where to find it: Colorado Wine Co. in Eagle Rock, (323) 478-1985, cowineco.com; John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, http://www.johnandpetes.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; Mission Wine & Spirits in Pasadena, (626) 794-7026, http://www.missionwineandspirits.com; Vendome Wine & Spirits in Beverly Hills, (310) 276-9463 and Toluca Lake, (818) 766-9593, http://www.vendomes.com; Village Gourmet in Studio City, (818) 487-3807, http://www.villagegourmetcheeseandwine.com; the Winehound in Santa Barbara, (805) 845-5247, http://www.thewinehound.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com