Why? Heinen’s Wine Finds!

One of my favorite things about shopping at Heinen’s is that they go out of their way to find new, interesting, delicious products. This week, I got to sample some of their newest offerings in Spanish and Portuguese wines, cheese, and prepared foods.

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Heinen’s wine buyers recently traveled to Spain and Portugal and selected some fabulous wines to be sold at your local store. These wines really over-deliver on quality. The most expensive wine we tasted retails for $19.99, with some with price points as low as $7.99!

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Since Spanish and Portuguese wines aren’t as familiar to most of us, Heinen’s trains its wine experts to make comparisons to more well-known varietals.

The Pedrera White Blend is much like a Sauvignon Blanc and was my favorite of the white wines we tried. I also enjoyed the Pedrera Red, which is a red wine that can handle a slight chill, making it a great choice for summer BBQs. Both of these wines retail for only $7.99!

We also sampled a truly special wine: Herdade de Rocim Amphorae, which is made in clay pots that are hundreds of years old. This unique wine is smooth, complex, and delicious.

The wines were all expertly paired with Spanish and Portuguese cheeses. The Naked Goat from Spain, Drunken Goat (which is cured in red wine), and 4-month aged Manchego were favorites for me.

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All of these cheeses are available at Heinen’s and can be paired perfectly with wines, thanks to the cheese and wine experts at your local store.

Heinen’s prepared foods department is also getting in on the Spanish and Portuguese theme with some new offerings: tortilla de papas, which is a potato omelet topped with chorizo gravy; patatas bravas, which are whole potatoes with smoky paprika seasoning; and blistered shishito peppers.

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The chorizo gravy is amazing and the blistered shishito peppers are perfect for a light appetizer nibble. We also got to enjoy paella prepared by one of Heinen’s chefs. Look at the delicious crust!

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I also learned that port wine is so named because it originated in Portugal, so of course we got to enjoy some port, too! Heinen’s made red and white port cocktails, which were light and sangria-like, just right for summer!

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You can read more about Portuguese ports and how to make the port cocktails here.

This summer, travel to Spain and Portugal just by stopping by your local Heinen’s and creating a perfect meal from wine to cheese to entrees!

***Disclosure: I was invited by Heinen’s to attend a complimentary wine and food tasting with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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