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Spanish Wine Tasting with Cafe Europa

Take a tour of Spain with Bethann! Explore the regions of Valencia, Rias Baixas, Terra Alta and Manchuela this Saturday. Spain's wines are so insanely good, and highly underated!

Joios Cava Brut ($14) – Valencia
Grapes: Macabeo, Parellada
This Cava was a huge hit at our 1st Bday party a few weeks ago. Now you can try it again! Joios Cava Brut has a pale yellow color with golden sparkles. The nose features white flowers, citrus, tangerine, with hints of toast, pastry, and dried fruits. Juicy and bright, like a popsicle made of sunshine!

2015 Bodegas as Laxas, Albariño ($19) – Rias Baixas
Grape: Albariño
Rias Baixas has the rainiest climate in Spain, which the Albariño grape thrives in. Opened in 1862, Bodegas As Laxas utilizes dry farming and organic practices for its 30+ year old Albariño vines. With less than 1.5 grams of sugar per liter, this is a bone-dry, vivid expression of this indigenous Spanish varietal. Apricots in the nose, silky and briny finish.

2014 Edetària, Vinya d’Irto Garnatxa Negra ($17) – Terra Alta
Grapes: Garnacha Negra
Edetària is an organic estate in Terra Alta, a DO south of Priorat, that has been making wines within the same family for four generations. Winemaker Joan Angel Liberia loves Garnacha. I mean, he LOVES it. Joan works with all estate, organic fruit and this versatile wine is a light-bodied expression of black raspberry and plum fruits. Slight clove spice in the finish. A really wonderful wine for fall.

2012 Edetària Via Edetana, Tinto Garnatxa ($25) – Terra Alta
Grapes: Grenache Fina, Syrah, Carignan Grenache Peluda
The second Edetària of Joan’s is made from Grenache Fina, Syrah, Carignan and Grenache Peluda (Grenache hairy, hehehe). Some of the Garnacha Negra mutated into Garnacha Peluda, or Garnacha ‘hairy’, with the grapes' leaves growing little hairs on their backs, which help maintain moisture on the vine. The aroma is raspberry pie developing into dark cherry and balsamic notes. This is a full-bodied, lush blend with a long finish; great with short rib and roasted potatoes. In the words of Garnacha Hairy, “Go ahead, make my day.”

2013 Bodegas Ponce, La Casilla Estrecha ($25) – Manchuela
Grape: Bobal
Juan Antonio Ponce began his winery in 2005, at the age of 23. He takes a biodynamic and natural approach in the vineyard and cellar, using low levels of sulfur dioxide. He makes 3500 cases a year in a rented facility, with virtually no mechanization. ‘Estrecha’ means narrow, and refers to the spacing of the Bobal vines at Bodegas Ponce. They are planted on calcareous clay, and are around 75 years old. This Bobal is characteristically rustic with a concentrated, dense, blackberry nose and mineral notes.

Earlier Event: October 7
Spanish Cider Tasting with Ken
Later Event: October 14
Emme with Baystate Wines & Spirits