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Thursdays 3 & 10 June 2021
Spain is home to some of the Europe’s most iconic wines, from Sherry to Rioja and from Cava to Priorato. But historic wine regions dot this country, from north to south and east to west. And then there’s the ‘New Spain’ which sees fabulous, crisp whites and a celebration of ancient, unirrigated vines in still moderately-priced bottles.
Spain’s most famous wine is Rioja, and its most famous grape is Tempranillo. Naturally we will include an example of a classic Rioja red, but also an extremely rare, limited edition white Rioja made from Tempranillo Blanco – a white mutation of the Tempranillo grape, only recently discovered and creating a great deal of excitement among winemakers in the region.
Over the two sessions we’ll taste these, plus two more whites and two more reds, spanning Spain’s most planted grape variety, the white Airen, and arguably its best-known white variety, a superb Verdejo, both of these wines being certified organic. The reds are no less interesting, the first featuring Monastrell (also known as Mourvèdre) from 50-year-old unirrigated bush vines, plus a real value for money favourite of mine, a silver medal-winning Garnacha from Bodegas Borsao, delicious and great value.
To buy these wines would cost you £74.00 including delivery, but the six bottles will be delivered to your door on mainland UK for £69.99.
The tasting runs over two sessions, from 7pm – 8pm each evening. The ticket price of £25 covers both sessions and is per household, not per person. We’ll open three wines each night, but they’ll drink just as well over the next couple of days so nothing will be wasted.
You are welcome to attend without buying the accompanying wines, and if a date doesn’t suit, you’ll be able to access a recording of the session to taste along in your own time.