Wine Tasting - New Releases of Spanish Red Wines rated 90+ points|
October 22nd 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Spanish Red Wines rated 90+ points, for inclusion on our list. John Fagan of Calmont Beverage, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. With nearly 1.16 million hectares under vine (of which 97.4% is for wine) Spain continues to be the country with the largest area of vine cultivation in the European Union and the world (it accounts for 30% of the total EU area, followed by France and Italy with approximately 22% each). Spain's geographical position, its climatic differences and its wide variety of soil types makes it a privileged place for producing wines with very different characteristics. Vines are grown in all 17 of the country's autonomous regions, even though nearly half of the total acreage is found in Castilla-La Mancha (540,000 ha) which is the geographical region with the largest area under vine cultivation in the world. It is unclear precisely where vines were first cultivated in Spain or who brought winemaking techniques to the Iberian peninsula. Various sources believe the first vineyards were cultivated on the southwest coast of Andalusia, which may also have been the entrance point for the first vines reaching the peninsula. Given the presence of the Phoenicians there approximately 3,000 years ago. They were a trading culture and founded a port in the southwest, which they called Gadir (now Cadiz). Later they moved inland, founding another city they called Xera (now Jerez), where they planted vines in the surrounding hills. Spanish winemaking really took off after the Reconquest of Spain by the Catholic Kings. The re-established religious communities and monasteries played a significant role in this process; the monks and friars of various orders worked to recover the winemaking tradition. Wine was vital for their religious rituals, and they also filled their cellars, supplying wine to pilgrims and local taverns. Thus, the vineyards flourished once again in areas surrounding the monasteries and abbeys, and later in other regions. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Castano, "Vino Tinto", Monastrell, Yecla 2013
Rio Madre, Graciano, Rioja 2012
Castano, "Hecula", Monastrell, Yecla 2011
Creta Roble, 100% Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero 2010
Porrera, "Black Slate", Priorat 2011
Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.
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