Einstein’s brain, upon examination, revealed that he had an extra-ordinary network of connections. For each memory, his patterns were like looking at the grid of a busy railroad yard. To really begin to gain info about wines, reading their unique stories, where they’re from, who made them and why, tasting them… These are the interconnections of being able to later identify a past wine enjoyed. The following is a journey for this wine of the week. And… This is great for visual learners, like I am.

So, how to differentiate this wine so that I remember it?

Who (wine company), What (the blend and the wine),

When (what tie-in), Where (if it matters)

WHO: Non Vintage Spartico ~ Organic Wine, which contains no detectable sulfites: I loved it. ♥♥♥♥♥

WHAT ~ Blend: 50 percent Tempranillo, 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

This was a really easy wine to enjoy. With only 12.5 percent alcohol, heat didn’t get in the way of enjoyment. It has a light body, as compared to most that we taste today, given the rise of alcohol levels. I really enjoyed its silkiness, versus one that’s as opaque as a new moon night. Its also much easier for me to digest a lower alcohol, and I can also have more before it hits my head.

I find the winemaking practices of this wine very interesting, and I think you will, too. These are facts that I hadn’t ever thought about. From their site ~ Vinification: The wine making process without the use of sulfur means that the hygienic conditions have to been extreme during harvest season. The grapes are harvested solely by hand in small crates. Every effort is made to avoid breakage and bacteria attacks. The wine deposits are filled very briefly so as not to delay the delicate fermentation process. All elements that come in contact with this no sulfite added wine are subject to the most extreme hygienically conditions.

WHEN: While watching the movie The Way (Camino de Santiago ~ Way of St James), we enjoyed this wine. The wine and the film were a journey well worth our time. In the beginning of the movie, Daniel tells his father, “You don’t choose a life, Dad, you live one.” And so, we went on a journey with wine and a movie.

From Viator.com: The famous pilgrimage routes of Camino di Santiago stretch across Europe into northern Spain on their way to Santiago di Compostela, and have been bringing the Christian faithful to worship at the tomb of St James (James translates as “Santiago” in Spanish) since medieval times. His remains lie in the crypt of the ornate Roman Catholic cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, which was begun in the 11th century on the site of a smaller shrine. 

Tom, the father played my Martin Sheen, goes overseas to recover the body of his estranged son Daniel, played by Emilio Estevez. (Emilio is also directing this movie). Daniel died while traveling the the Camino de Santiago; his pilgrimage ended in the Pyrenees Mountains, where France and Spain are separated.  While recovering his son’s body, Tom decided to take the pilgrimage himself. He ended up collecting an interesting cast of characters along the way. Each one’s life was enriched in the painful process of each finding him or herself.

WHERE: Spain is the wine’s origin and the setting for this movie. Such beautiful scenery, it made me want to book a flight and take the journey with a few bottles of Spartico to share along The Way.

POSITIVE of a non-vintage wine… It leaves me less to have to completely identify. The deliciousness is unforgettable, along with the movie.

Check out Natural Wine Merchants more more details for this organic wine.