The Yecla appellation in southeastern Spain boasts limestone rich soils and sits on a high plateau surrounded by mountain ranges. The hot, dry summers here make it an ideal place to grow Monastrell, also known as Mourvèdre around the world. Sun-drenched vines produce plump, ripe grapes and voluptuous wines such as this one, which features strawberry, plum and fig on the palate, supported by structured tannins on the long, lingering finish. Rich poultry and pork dishes will make a delightful companion for this rustic Spanish red.
Yecla, Murcia, Spain
Historians believe the first winemakers were in the region that's today known as the Republic of Georgia, in about 5000 BC. The first beer brewers, however, probably came along in Mesopotamia, a few thousand years earlier.