2009 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Crianza with grilled swordfish, sauteed brussel sprouts and sauteed butternut squash that I seasoned with a pinch of five spice. This may seem like an odd wine pairing, but bear with me…the olive oil and five spice I sauteed the butternut squash in combined with the hearty salt and pepper seasoning of the meaty fish are an excellent food match. The missus preferred the Strozzi San Gimigmano, but to each their own.

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