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
His red wines come from the unique Moganazzi Contrada, or lava flow, with its own unique volcanic soil type. Moganazzi is special because it is windy, which keeps the vines growing just right.
Friday Tasting Recap!
March 16th, 2018
Wines of France
with Gina Thompson from Touton
We just can't get enough of France! At this tasting we dipped into a Savennieres, some white Burgundy, a once-rare Alsatian pinot noir, and then we'll round it out with a deluxe second growth Bordeaux from Saint Estephe.
Baumard 'Clos Papillon' ~ Savennieres
Chenin Blanc 2014
Barrolet Bourgogne Blanc
Willm - Alsace
Pinot Noir 2016
Montrose 2008 - Bordeaux
2nd Growth Bordeaux Blend 2008
Friday, March 9th, 2018
Wines of the Loire
with Kendall Koehler from Elite Wines
The diverse, unique wines of the Loire Valley refresh the palate and stir the soul. The Loire River is treacherous to sail, and along the banks you'll find caves and misty vineyards etched into the tuffeau, the rolling hills of Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre, and the castles of Chinon.
In this tasting we explored a terroir study of Sauvignon Blanc by comparing Sancerre side-by-side with Quincy. Then we tried a dense, rich Chenin Blanc, followed by a Loire-indigenous grape, Grolleau. We finished with a Cabernet Franc celebration from two iconic Loire producers, Thierry Germain, and a surprise producer.
Lauverjat ~ Sancerre
Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Chevilly ~ Quincy
Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Couly-Dutheil 'Les Chanteaux' ~ Chinon
Chenin Blanc 2016
Bellevue Rosé - Touraine
Roches Neuves 'Franc de Pied'
Cabernet Franc 2014
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Wines of Oregon
with Robert Crum of Roanoke Valley Wines
Grochau Cellars 'Commuter Cuvee' 2016
Belle Pente 2014
J.K Carriere 'Provocateur' 2015
Lingua Franca 'Avni' 2015
Brick House 'Evelyn's' 2014
This tasting was a fun one! The Belle Pente was the top seller while the Brochu House displayed some beautiful age-ability...
Gideon Beinstock stopped by yesterday to teach us about his wines in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California.