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Secret Deal Rioja Blanco 75cl

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The aromas are the best expression of an elegant grape with nuances of tropical fruit and citrus with green apple and some mineral hints.

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Pale yellow and green shades with golden glints. The aromas are the best expression of an elegant grape with nuances of tropical fruit and citrus with green apple and some mineral hints.

Very well balanced wine in the mouth, with a remarkable acidity, but elegant. It is full of personality and flavour. Semi-sweet, nice and fresh with herbaceous and fruity tones.

100% Tempranillo Blanco

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BrandIt's a secret!
Size75cl
CountrySpain
RegionRioja
Grape VarietiesTempranillo Blanco
Vintage2015
ABV13.50%
OrganicNo
VeganNo
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    Full-Bodied and Rich Red Wines

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    Serving Temperature

    Room Temperature (63-69 °F / 17-21 °C)

    Food Pairing

    Barbecue, Mexican Foods, Smoked Meats, Red Meat & Steaks, Savory Mushroom Dishes, Black Pepper

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    INGREDIENTS

    tbsp olive oil 3 medium or 2 large aubergines, sliced
    1 large onion, finely chopped
    4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    1.5 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp dried oregano
    500g minced lamb
    2 tbsp tomato purée, mixed with 150ml water
    150ml red wine
    Small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
    For the bechamel:
    500ml milk
    60g butter
    60g plain flour
    50g kefalotyri or pecorino cheese, grated
    2 eggs, beaten
    Nutmeg, to grate


    Preparation method

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Cut the aubergines lengthways into 0.5cm slices, and put them on to oiled baking sheets. Brush with olive oil and season. Bake for about 25 minutes until soft, golden and floppy.

    2.Meanwhile, put 2 tbsp olive oil into a large frying pan over a medium high heat and cook the onion until soft. Add the garlic, cinnamon and oregano and cook for a further couple of minutes, then stir in the lamb. Turn up the heat slightly, and brown the lamb well, cooking until the mixture is quite dry. Stir in the tomato and wine, bring to a simmer, then turn the heat down low and cook for 30–40 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season and stir in the parsley.

    3. Meanwhile, make the bechamel. Bring the milk to just below boiling point, and melt the butter in another saucepan. Stir the flour into the butter and cook for a couple of minutes, then gradually whisk in the hot milk. Cook until you have a thick sauce, then stir in the cheese until melted. Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly, then beat in the eggs, salt to taste and slightly more nutmeg than you might think wise (it's a strong flavour, but you need a heft of it in this dish I think - half a teaspoon at least).

    4.Arrange a third of the aubergines in the base of an oven dish, and top with half the meat. Repeat these layers, then finish off with a layer of aubergine, and top with the sauce. Bake for about 45 minutes until well browned, and then leave to cool for half an hour before serving.

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