Location: Bacchus Restaurant, Milwaukee, please call 414-765-1166 or email KatieEspinosa@bartolottas.com to register.
Cost: $30 per person (credit card number required at time of registration. The night of the tasting please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.)
Spanish winemaking is at an amazing (and tasty) crossroads: of geographic and climatic diversity, ofrevered winemaking traditions versus modern winemaking practices, and of communal, cooperative production and an infusion of EU subsidies. Couple all of these factors with the understanding that Spain has more land under vine in the world, and what you have is the building blocks for an utterly fascinating tasting.
We start at the top with Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine appellation with very good reason. Here we explore the two winemaking styles of Rioja, their history, and how they came to be. These factors will be related to the tastes and flavors in your glass. We then freshen up our palates by jumping to Green Spain, for some Albarino.
We then follow the modern style of making wine, asking the question,” Just how far can we go?” Especially as we move to the warmer climate of Ribera del Duero. We then return to Green Spain for a look at one of its red varietals, and then cross the peninsula for a sip of Cava.
In the third flight, we head south to explore the powerful density of Jumilla’s wines. These are contrasted with Priorat, Spain’s first DOQ and certainly one of its most majestic expressions of red wine. Finally, a taste of Sherry – No, it’s not your British mother-in-law’s cream sherry. This is fantastic drinking wine.
Spain is at an amazing crossroads and it’s time to sample it!
Wines to be tasted:
1994 Urbina Grand Reserva Rioja $44.99
2008 Bodegas y Viñedos del Contino Rioja Contino Reserva $69.99
2014 Do Ferreiro Albariño Rías Baixas $24.99
2013 Flor de Pingus $89.99
2010 Quatro Pasos Methcia $14.99
Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Brut l’Hereu Blanc de Blancs $24.99
2016 Altamente Jumilla $14.99
2015 La Conreria d’Scala Dei Priorat $34.99
Bodegas Hidalgo Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Fino $39.99Back to Events