A Wine for Laundry Day(s)

It may seem lackluster to come back from my vacation with a post on what to drink while doing laundry, but that’s exactly what happens when you return to reality after 5 weeks of resting on one’s laurels: loads and loads (and loads) of laundry.

Naturally, a sexy counterpart is necessary–and I don’t mean a romantic counterpart.  At the moment, I’m totally in love with Viña Santurnia 2008 Crianza.  This red hails from Spain’s most notable wine region, Rioja, and over the past two days and five loads of laundry it’s become my new best friend.

On the nose, it’s everything one expects from Spain–loads of peppery spice, tobacco leaf, dried red fruit, and a sexy little mix of vanilla and dirt. On the palate, this ruby Tempranillo is all juicy red fruit, and has a lingering finish with tons of tobacco and leather flavors.

By law, Crianza wines are aged a minimum of 2 years, with at least 6 moths in barrels, giving the wine some serious oomph yet leaving them light enough to be drunk without food. When it comes to the Santurnia, it’s the bright acid and lively cherry flavors on the palate that make it great solo. Especially in moments when productivity isn’t important. (Like a long, candlelit bath for one with Beyoncé’s new album in the background…)


Post bath bliss, it really is a great laundry wine. Lingering black pepper and baking spices keep this juice interesting even on day two and load 5– as long as you don’t spill it on your whites.

When you’ve exhausted the everything except laundry household possibilities, these wines are also fantastic with food. (Like the leftover roast beef sandwich I just ate, or anything with BBQ sauce.)

Yup, it’s January and Laura Uncorked is back. And Yes, I will be drinking Rioja on all of my chore days. Happy New Year!

  • January 9, 2014
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