A Rioja Crianza is a Surprisingly Good Match with Barbecued Salmon

We are having an Indian Summer and a barbecue was in order.  We did salmon steaks marinated with rosemary and olive oil from an old picnics and barbecues cookbook.  A light Pinot Noir would probably have worked, but we did not have one, so we opened a bottle of Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza 2008 from Costco.  This Spanish red was light enough not to overpower the salmon.  We were actually very pleasantly suprised with how well this matched,  The redcurrant flavours and spiciness in the wine were accentuated by the pairing.

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