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Ermita de San Lorenzo Gran Reserva 2010
Campo de Borja DO, Spain

Two for the Road (1967)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Drink a perfectly aged wine crafted by a husband-and-wife team while watching Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, who costar as a married couple driving through Europe in this Stanley Donen-directed drama. And be thankful our expert winemakers have endured together longer than the troubled couple onscreen.

THE WINE

Perfectly aged, silky-smooth Gran Reservas are a Spanish specialty – and Ermita de San Lorenzo is a gorgeous example. It sports huge acclaim – including gold medals from both the China Wine & Spirits Awards and Berliner Wein Trophy. Crafted by husband-and-wife team Miguel and Susana Ruberte, it marries old-vine Garnacha with voluptuously smooth Cabernet. The wine is barrel aged in a unique way (see below), and boasts mouthfuls of ripe, black-fruit and spice flavors.

THE WINEMAKER

Eschewing modern trends, the Rubertes (below) age their wines deep inside a 500-year-old cave (dug by hand), where temperatures remain constant through the seasons. Ermita de San Lorenzo is partially aged in enormous barricas, the largest of which holds over 10,000 gallons. Since these oak behemoths don’t fit through the cellar entrance, they are built to spec elsewhere, disassembled, then reassembled inside the cave. That is dedication to the cause of quality.

THE REGION

WM_BodegasRuberteWine has been made in Campo de Borja since the 12th century. The region was once owned by the infamous Borgia family (hence the name), and is dubbed the ‘Empire of Garnacha.’ Bodegas Ruberte is establishing a worldwide reputation for its quality. The family’s vineyards enjoy hot summers and fiercely cold, dry winters – helping the grapes to reach their most flavorful potential.

WITH FOOD

app_SpanishTapasAlma Andina is uplifting on its own and also great with Latin food – especially if seafood is involved. Steve’s favorite match is a mouthwatering ceviche. Need a vegetarian option? Torrontés has a wonderfully crisp quality, which means it will go nicely with all manner of vegetable dishes. We tried (and loved) black bean dip with queso fresco.

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