I have had the temptation of retreating home these past winter months. I was able to resist it and still go out in good company, cruising the streets of La Coruña and Madrid. During these brave forays I tried two Rioja wines that I would like to bring to your attention.

The first one is Oinoz Crianza 2014, by Carlos Moro. He has chosen a mythical area of North Rioja, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, to create his new wines. This well-known vigneron of Matarromera in Ribera del Duero is now offering us an outstanding crianza, refined and interesting, as a good guest should be (12 euros).

The second one is Lan a Mano 2012, a very special member of the big family of LAN wines, from Fuenmayor, right next to the Ebro river. Grapes for this limited edition wine are hand-picked and carefully crafted by artisans. Lan a Mano is both elegant and deep. A very good companion to look in the eye and slow down the quick passing of time (29 euros).