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A Spanish Wine in a Mexican Restaurant

Recently we had dinner at Olé Grill in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This boutique Mexican restaurant is a step above many other restaurants. The guacamole dip made at the tableside was an experience to watch and delightful to savor. Our server provided our table of four with two dishes of chips.

I had a salad for dinner. The ensalada de jicama was perfect for a light meal. It was crunchy with a combination of fresh oranges, grapefruit and pineapple with a decorative topping of pickled red onions. They served it tossed with orange-lime vinaigrette.

We chose a Spanish red wine to complement everyone’s dinner. Marqués de Caceres, Crianza 2004 Rioja had a 13.5 percent alcohol. The wine was a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano grapes. With an aroma of dark berries and a smooth velvety taste, this wine paired nicely with our diverse dinner selections. Priced on the menu at $24 it can be found in retail stores for less than ten. I would prefer to order a wine produced from 100 percent Garnacha grapes. You can find very good Garnachas from Spain for around ten dollars.

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