Spain & Portugal Wine Tasting

 

Our Spain & Portugal Wine Tasting is tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, 10/22 from 2-7 p.m.), which means we’re about to open up twelve wines for you to taste, many of which are brand new to our store. Here’s a little bit of information about each one!

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Vineyards in Rioja, Spain (photo by flickr user colhou)

 

Fado White (Portugal – Alentejo) – dry, crisp, and minerally with notes of tropical fruits. The name “Fado” refers to a genre of music that originated in Portugal in the early 1800s.
Cortes de Cima Chaminé White Blend (Portugal – Alentejo) – soft and fruit with crisp acidity and notes of pear and orange peel. Would be perfect with veggie dishes or white fish.
Bodegas Tobía “Oscar Tobia” Reserva Rioja (Spain – Rioja) – oaky and spicy with hints of dark cherry, blackberry, and tobacco. A blend of Tempranillo and Graciano The “Reserva” designation means the wine has been aged for three years, at least one of which is in oak.
EGO Bodegas Infinito Red Blend (Spain – Jumilla) – bold, oaky, and full-bodied with hints of red and black fruit and tobacco. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell, this wine has been aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months.
Vinos de Arganza Encanto (Spain – Bierzo) – oaky and balanced, this wine’s notes of blackberries and blueberries would make it a perfect match for grilled meat, though it would not overpower some heavier fish dishes. Aged for 3 months in American oak barrels.
Perescuma Red Blend (Portugal – Alentejo) – ripe and oaky with plum notes and silky tannins. A fine-tuned blend of Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez (Tempranillo), and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Quinta do Monte d’Oiro Syrah (Portugal – Lisboa) – notes of dark berries and chocolate with silky tannins and a long finish. Aged in French oak for 15 months before bottling, then bottle-aged for another 12 months before its release.
Bodegas Juan Gil “Bluegray” (Spain – Priorat) – notes of black cherry and star anise with firm tannins. This blend of Garnacha, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in French oak for 12 months.
Vino Guerra “Armas de Guerra” Mencia (Spain – Bierzo) – made from the Mencia grape, this medium-to-full-bodied wine is loaded with floral and berry notes with a hint of smoke on the finish.
Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco Crianza (Spain – Rioja) – notes of red fruit, liquorice, and spice, with a little bit of smoke. Aged in 16 months in French and American oak. The “Crianza” designation means the wine was aged for 2 years prior to its release, at least one of which was in oak.
Cabeça de Toiro Reserva Red (Portugal – Ribatejo) – this hearty wine is a blend of two of Portugal’s most famous grapes, Touriga Nacional and Castelao. Expect big, jammy fruit with notes of ripe berries, flowers, and chocolate.
Teorema Old Vines Garnacha (Spain – Calatayud) – full-bodied and smooth with notes of ripe strawberries, plums, and cocoa. This 100% Garnacha wine was aged in French oak for 9 months.

And there you have it  – we hope you see something you’d like, and we hope to see you at the tasting!

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