Category: spain

🍷  TGIF of a long weekend! Enjoying

2012 Rioja Bordón Reserva

($20, 88 pts) from Spain tonight. Just arrived in LCBO VINTAGES. Full review here: http://bit.ly/2VDy8V0

🍷  Here’s my top wine picks from October 12th LCBO VINTAGES Release. Cabernet Sauvignon & Rioja featured + lots more. Stock up for the holidays! http://bit.ly/31VDdKl

🍷  Happy Monday! Enjoying lovely 2011

Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva (89 pts) from Spain tonight. Available in LCBO VINTAGES now. Full review here: http://bit.ly/31TNTJN

🍷  My fantastic wine tasting with CVNE’s winemaker Maria Larrea. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/2ItIjpx

🍷  Happy Sunday! Enjoying 2005

Vallobera Crianza (88+ pts) from Spain tonight. 100% Tempranillo. Full review here: http://bit.ly/2mSChY6

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:  SPANISH WHITES WITH LA LUZ

We have the founder of La Luz Selections and the OG Sherry Queen of NYC behind the bar tonight… our dear friend Kerin Auth Bembry. She will be sharing 2 refreshing white wines from Noelia de Paz and 2 wines from grower-sherry producer Callejuela! Come cool down and taste the good stuff with us tonight!

LA OSA BY NOELIA DE PAZ

Noelia was here not too long ago… do you remember her?! Of course you do. She and her wines are absolutely gorgeous.

POLAR ALBARINO, Rías Biaxas DO

Who doesn’t love Albariño? Green and yellow apple, sea spray and blueberry. Medium bodied, immediate richness of yellow fruit, mouth coating waxiness, honeysuckle – not your traditional “green” Albariño. Love the palate because it’s all about richness while still be light. The wine has creaminess, but retains cut at the same time. Hints of blue fruit on the finish. Drink with a lobster roll or some pan-seared scallops why don’t you? $24

TRASTO ALBARIN, Tierra de Leon

This wine has magic in it. Carambola, sweet fennel, hints of orange oil, yellow golden fruits leap from the glass and bind with sweet herbs. Serious depth on nose. Light to medium bodied, moderate acid, balanced, clean, dry. Hint of beeswax on the back end, golden fruit continues to grow on palate. This is excellent white wine, one might even mistake it for warm vintage dry Riesling, or Chenin Blanc. This is what I’ll be drinking by the glass tonight. $26

CALLEJUELA BY THE BLANCO BROTHERS

The chalky backroad vineyards of Sanlúcar de Barrameda (pic above)… the term “Salt of the Earth” comes to mind, don’t it?

CALLEJUELA “LAS MERCEDES”, Andalucía

100% (unfortified) Palomino that’s as decadent as a brand new Mercedes. We LOVE this wine. Thick skinned with a touch of tannin and lanolin, this waxy Palomino is the most intense and deep of the three single vineyard. Ok, maybe this is the wine I’ll be drinking by the glass later tonight… it’s truly hard to choose. Lucky for me (and you) we have all the dope wines open tonight. $28

CALLEJUELA MANZANILLA FINA, Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Our new favorite beach wine and steak wine, yep, that’s right, this Manzanilla goes with just about anything. A delightfully playful, fruit forward Manzanilla with notes of pear, almond, celery and fennel, and a delicate hit of pungency. Soft floral notes and a luscious texture make this Manzanilla friendly and inviting, with or without food or a beach. Nicely chilled to be consumed all spring and summer long. Also throw a splash in the pot when steaming shellfish and garlic, or to finish any pan sauce. $25

2015 Bodegas Pinuaga Nature Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Still feeling the lingering summer heat on this Wine Wednesday. So I’m knocking back some Tempranillo. Fresh cherry pie, strawberries, and earth on the nose. Similar on the palate where this is quite soft and pleasing. Nice acidity.

3/5 bones

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Tempranillo

14.5% abv

Castilla La Mancha, SPAIN

🍷  Enjoying this 2014

Marqués de Cáceres Crianza

(88 pts) from Rioja, Spain, tonight. Available in LCBO VINTAGES for $17. Full review here: http://bit.ly/2lUznRH

2016 Celler Xavier Clua Il-lusió Terra Alta

Happy Wine Wednesday! Enjoying this Catalan white! Green and golden apples, cashews, lemon, and bready notes on the nose. Apples and lemon on the palate with a hint of lime and raw nuts thrown in. 

3/5 bones

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Grenache Blanc

13.5% abv

Catalonia, SPAIN

2016 Comando G “La Bruja de Rozas” Sierra de Gredos

Chillin’ like a villain with my Squishable sheeb friend here and this awesome Garnacha from Madrid! Wonderfully aromatic on the nose with red flowers, raspberries, overripe strawberries and cranberries. Very Thanksgiving on the nose with whiffs of cranberry sauce, cinnamon, and pie. Still very aromatic on the palate with strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. Light on its feet but still packs a punch. Awesome stuff. Fun and light but seriously powerful at the same time. 

5/5 bones

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Garnacha (Grenache)

14.5% abv

Madrid, SPAIN