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The Trapp Family Lodge - Spanish Red Wine Tasting

Fri Apr 30th, 2010 4pm-6pm
Trapp Family Lodge
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge, Wine Cellar
$15.00 per person
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
The Trapp Family Lodge - Spanish Red Wine Tasting Stowe Vermont

We will be tasting new releases of Spanish Red wines, 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 hecatres 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 acerage 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 the 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 causal, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:

Bodegas Castano, "Hecula", Yecla 2005
Emilio Moro, "Finca Resalso", Ribera del Duero 2007
Cellar de Capcanes, "Mas Donis", Montsant 2007
Borsao, "Tres Picos", Campo de Borja 2007
Telmo Rodriguez, "Lanzaga", Rioja 2004

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