I’ve always been a big fan of Costers del Segre as a region. It began with something close to an addiction to Gotim Bru by Castell del Remei, which hasn’t been quite the same since they changed their winemaker, though it's still a great place to visit for lunch at the weekend (www.castelldelremei.com). It’s just over an hour away but you need a car to do it.
In the last five years the region has started to deliver some really nicely made wines with lots of character, among them Baldomà Selecció 2008 (about €7.10) made by Santi Olivella who comes under the stewardship of Joan Milá, one of Spain’s better known makers. The 2008 shows lots of ripe, blackberry fruit as well as a little bit of eucalyptus—something for me that really defines Mediterranean wines— a touch of sweet vanilla nicely contrasted by a tingle of white pepper, and a refreshingly light balsamic acidity that makes it great with food. It’s not too heavy so I’d recommend it for picnics, lunchtime drinking with, say, roast chicken or a Valencia-style paella. It’s also one to pair with charcuterie, pasta, and pizza.