Spain's wealth of indigenous grape varieties and centuries of unique winemaking traditions make the Spanish wine landscape a fascinating region to explore. At this tasting, we explored the high-quality sparkling wines of the Penedes, the refreshing wines of Txakolina meant to be poured into the glass from several feet above, and a wine from a mind-bending Canary Island vineyard where individual vines are planted in volcanic pits to protect them from the wind.
Raventos 'de nit'
from the forward-thinking winery of Raventos i Blanc. The winemaker's ancestor made the first sparkling wine in Spain after an inspirational visit to Champagne.
wild-yeast fermented, organicly farmed, unfiltered old-vine wine from the Hondarribi Zuri grape!
Vera de Estenas Bobal
old vines of the Bobal grape, from a producer who shows a different side of what Bobal can be...
Dolores Cabrera Fernandez 'La Araucaria'
a rare wine from the Canary Islands made from the Listan Negro grape. If you tried the Pipeño at last week's tasting, this wine is the centuries-old origin of Chile's Pais grape.
Friday, April 20th, 2018
The Magic of Old Vines
with Virginia Samsel of Native Selections
Sparkling Brut Nature
from Sumol vines planted in 1939
white blend with a majority of
65 year old Xarel-lo vines
remarkable Pais from a
300yr old vineyard planted by Spanish missionaries
from Dolcetto vines planted in 1970
Rolet Cremant du Jura
**this was a crowd favorite!
Chardonnay (no flor)
Rolet 'Old Vine' Poulsard