Abril de Azul y Garanza translates to: affordable, good, drinkable, Spanish red wine.
Before you cry out, “Fake News!” and stop reading, the above statement is partially true. While it is a good, Spanish red blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet, the literal translation takes on the colors of the wine and the month of April. The name of the winery is Azul y Garanza. Two colors. Azul means blue and Garanza is a shade of red. Combining these two colors creates the ruby color of the wine. Abril is the name of the wine, which translates to April, the month.
Per Fernando, who kindly responded to my email full of questions, the wine is called April, “because this kind of young red wine, usually is launched to the market in spring time and it tastes very fruity, flowered and full of fresh aromas, like the spring time.”
Produced in the Navarra region of Spain, here are some main points:
- Medium-full bodied, deep ruby color, a little leathery, deep, dark fruit.
- Could pair easily with pizza, or a sharp cheddar (Yancey’s Fancy XXX Sharp Cheddar is so good—$4.99 at Sprouts).
- $16 (average price found online for $12.99).
- Indigenous natural yeast fermentation.
Organically grown grapes, without pesticides, insecticides, or chemical fertilizers.
- European Certified Ecological
- Bottled after a light clarification & without filtering (quite a bit of sediment in my 2013 bottle).
Sediment is mainly dead yeast cells, particles of grapes and seeds, and other bits left over from the wine making process. It’s harmless, but not super pleasant when you get to the bottom of your glass and get a mouth full of sandy feeling chunks in your mouth.