Ravishing Rioja.


Dinner was due,

So into the kitchen I went.

“What shall we have tonight?” I thought,

I know, we shall have risotto,

I will do a beef and mushroom one.

So all the ingredients were found,


All was nearly ready.

Some wine was needed,

The most important of ingredients,

As I never use water

Where wine will do.

So I go to the cellar,

(What a laugh, the cellar,

It is a rack in the garage!).

That will be the one,

One of my favourite Riojas.

So I take it back to the kitchen,

Open it,

Let it breathe.

Of course I need to taste it,

To see if it is good enough,

Good enough to cook with.

I put my nose to the glass

And smell this delightful smell,

The glass goes to my lips

And I trickle some of the nectar,

Trickle it into my mouth.

I am blown away!

It is wonderful!

I take a few sips,

And start to cook.

The ingredients are cooking,

So I add some of the wine,

This ravishing Rioja.

The smell rises from the pot,

I know this will be special,

This combination of Italy and Spain

Will be wondrous,

And it was,

As the clean plates showed,

And as the empty bottle showed.

A wonderful meal,

For my lover,

And for me.

  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 11th, 2018 02:57
  • Comment from author about the poem: Just a bit of fun. I enjoy cooking and I always use wine instead of water, this bottle of Rioja that I opened was of a type I buy regularly, I had recently bough this one and it was one of the best wines I have ever drunk, I though that it was the 2012 vintage that I normally buy but this one was 2009, what a difference! I will have to go in search of some more of this.
  • Category: Humor
  • Views: 26
  • User favorite of this poem: Laura🌻.
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  • orchidee

    Oohh nice, and a fine write Gold. Oh why do I never use wine when water will do. Pssttt, hear me water syphon of the phantom whisky-waterer?!

    • Goldfinch60

      Thanks Orchi, keep that water away from me!

    • Laura🌻

      Bravo Goldi!
      Your poem...un pranzo squisito!! (A delicious meal) with the perfect ingredients...the risotto, the wine 🍷, and Dean Martin’s “Volare” for dessert! Awesome! I totally enjoyed the read! Grazie! Going right into my favorites!
      Now I must go shopping for that Rioja😉


      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you very much Laura, I enjoy all types of food but my favourite has always been Italian. I only hope that when I cook it I do it justice.

        That Rioja was beautiful, I have another bottle waiting for me.

        • Laura🌻


        • Louis Gibbs

          Not familiar with Rioja but now must try it. Enticing write, Goldie!

          • Goldfinch60

            Rioja is my favourite wine, there are many yet to be tried but someone has to do it.
            Thank you for yur kind words.

          • FineB

            Brilliant Goldfinch60,

            What a charming poem. The Rioja is very tempting. I am a white wine person though all the way.

            Keep writing in 2018

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you FineB. There is no way that I will stop writing.

            • Michael Edwards

              My mouth watered but I must say with an Asian wife our table like yours is a veritable mixture of world cuisines - great write Andy - ours is usually merlot as it's my wife's favourite but I do like a good Rioja

              • Goldfinch60

                Food from around the world is wonderful, I just hope that I can do justice to it when I prepare it - no-one has complained - yet.
                I too enjoy a good Merlot but my favourite has always been Rioja.

              • BRIAN & ANGELA

                TWENTY out of TWENTY (2 x 10) for this one ANDY ! DEAN MARTIN one of my fave singers ~ I give lectures on HIM ! He was born in the USA but only spoke Italian before he went to School ~ much better accent (and Singer) than Sinatra ! Dean milks every word ! RIOJA VINO TINTO is my fave red wine ~ the older the better ~ 2009 ~ good vintage ! Angela's Dad is Spanish so we always have RIOJA for celebrations (He gets a "good price" muy barato !). Beef & Mushroom Risotto with Rioja Tinta in the mix and the glass ~ Ese es Pardiso ! Thanks for the memory ~ Brian !

                • Goldfinch60

                  I am glad that yo enjoyed it Brian, it was a good meal even if I do say so myself.
                  I have always liked Dean Martin as well.

                • FredPeyer

                  Absolutely love this poem, Goldfinch! I too cook a lot with wine, and usually have a bottle open to take a little sip now and then while cooking. Hey, all great chefs do that!!!
                  I am more of a Zinfandel guy, but there are days when anything that is red and has alcohol is fine with me! 🙂

                  • Goldfinch60

                    A man after my own heart Fred, there is no way you can cook without sampling the wine - even if it does not necessarily go into the pot.

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