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It's official: the holidays are upon us which means lots of amazing food and friends and family from near and far coming together and breaking bread together. It won't be a good meal without a few good drinks to accompany your food.
You know I am an avide wine drinking (and an impressive wine collection to prove it) and I've been loving the Rioja wines I recently purchased. Rioja is from North-Central Spain and much like Champagne, referes to the region from which it came. They are made primarily from the Tempranillo grape and are one of only two D.O.C regions in Spain. What makes them so great is that their flavors are amazing and versatile, plus they are very affordable which means it is easy to stock up when you are planning on hosting dinner at your house.
The Reserva Rioja wines are fruity with notes of plums and dried cherries with subtle spices. It makes it perfect for both game meats and heart beef dishes like this rosemary garlic crusted rib eye roast. The wine also has light earthy notes which are perfect with the mushrooms and glaze.
I am seriously in love with this roast. If you follow me on Snapchat, you know how much I love garlic and this dish has plenty of it The garlic becomes caramelized and slightly crunchy and so delicious. It goes perfectly with the rosemary and beef. (and for picking out and munching on when no one is looking). The mushrooms are probably my favorite part. The sauce you make for the mushrooms is addictive! It has all the flavors from the roast, plus the earthiness of the mushrooms and is so amazing with the wine.
For your convenience, here is a video that shows you how to make this dish!