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New Spanish Wine & Vermouth

Spain not only has massive terrain, but it's also the third largest wine producing country in the world, and now the largest exporter in the entire world! Spain has come a long way in winemaking throughout its rich history. Come experience a few of our favorite producers as of recently!
 
Bodegas Valdespino, Ojo de Gallo (2016) – Jerez, $18
Valdespino is one of the most renown sherry producers in the world steeped in history and rooted in tradition. With an unwavering commitment to the demands and expense of traditional Jerez winemaking, Eduardo Ojeda produces this dry white wine from the same grape as other sherry Valdespino produces: Palomino Fino. Instead of aging like a sherry and undergoing the solera system, this white wine is aged in stainless steel and spends six months on its lees to give it a full-bodied and lush texture. It smells like juniper and oyster shells, and tastes quite like them too! 
 
Ameztoi, Getariako Txakolina Rubentis (2016) – Basque Country, $21
You asked for it, we got it back! Candied red fruits combine with a lime infused edge makes this a wildly intriguing rosé with a slight spritz on the onset. Vines are 150+ years and grown in clay and sand. Ameztoi is one of the top producers of Getariako, one of the three regions in the Basque Country in northern Spain. If you haven’t tried this rosé yet, now is your chance!
 
Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Blanc (2015) – Galicia, $22
From 50-70 year old vines planted on vineyards of slate, granite, and sand, this unusual blend of 75% Godello blended with the other indigenous grape varietals of Treixadura, Albariño, Torrontés and Loureira. Godello is a Spanish grape that by the mid-20th century had almost disappeared entirely from the planet; however, a small group of growers and producers helped to revive the grape through conscientious farming and precise winemaking. Guímaro is a great example of what Godello can be: juicy, elegant, with notes of hay, leaves and aniseed. The palate is sharp and focused, with very good precision, fresh and mineral. Pedro Rodriguez is in the midst of becoming organically certified. 
 
Guímaro Tinto Ribeira Sacra (2015) – Galicia, $21
Guímaro Tinto is Pedro Rodríguez’s entry-level “joven” wine from multiple plots of Mencía vines with an average age of 40 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested, mostly destemmed, fermented with natural yeasts in steel vats, and aged on the lees for 6 months. This unoaked tinto is pure with lush red fruits, spices, and slate-laden minerality. 
 
Martinez Lacuesta Vermut Rojo – Rioja, $21
Vermouth is the wine that became 'alla moda' - in fashion - by Antonio Carpano in 1786 in Turin, Italy. Crossing over the border to Spain and France as well, Vermouth was the drink of the early 18th century, and has been going strong ever since. What is vermouth? It is a flavored fortified wine made from other base wines and spices, and then sweetened with sugar, caramel and grape must. As many of the flavors and aromas imparted to the wine are bitter, the winemaker needs to be a liquor maker as well, to get the balance and intensity right in their spirit. Félix Martínez Lacuesta founded his bodega in 1895, together with his brothers and the Lacuesta Rojo Vermut (or vermú) is so delightful. Straight up, it's a fantastic aperitif or digestif, or the perfect addition to a Negoni or other cocktails requiring a sweet vermouth. 

Earlier Event: August 11
Dry to Sweet: What's your jam?
Later Event: August 18
West Coast Whites