We met a couple of friends at Luna Park on La Brea recently - great for the food and wine, not so great for conversation - and amid the pounding of the dance floor music I spied an interesting note on their small list of daily "Blue Plate Specials." Two Spanish wines - unidentified red and white - for $6 per glass. That seemed too special to let it pass by, so I had one of each.
The Spanish Quarter is the producer of the white. It's a delightful blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Albariño from the Costers del Segre region in Catalonia. The Albariño, I expect in a Spanish wine, but the Chardonnay is a surprise.
The wine is a rich golden color in the glass, but the deeply chilled wine bears a nose that is a bit closed. That disappoints me, as I love the wonderfully aromatic aromas of Albariño. The taste is laden with minerals, with a clean and crisp edge to the tart peachiness. It's quite a nice white, with a good acidity to lift it above the level of a mere sipper. It paired nicely with veggie risotto.
The kicker is that Luna Park had a special of half off the entire bill that night! So these two $6 wines actually only cost $3 each. I love a good wine bargain, and I got two of them on this trip. It eased the headache produced by the loud music in the restaurant.