Wines from Spain Spill into Consumer Glasses April 4th and 5th

Wines from SpainDo you love Spanish wine, or want to learn about Spanish wine?  There is of course Tempranillo, but there is also other grapes like Mencia you may not have heard of, or what about Spanish sparkling wine?  There is a chance for you on April 4 and 5 through BC Liquor Stores to try and learn a bit about Spanish wines.  The details are below.

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Vancouver, BC – Two FREE consumer tasting events kick off a province-wide Signature Store promotion at BC Liquor Stores Cambie Kitchen this month:

Dates: Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: Drop-in any time between 3 and 6pm
Location: Cambie and 39th Signature Store
5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver

The event will feature live Flamenco music by Canadian fusion guitarist Dave Martone with mouthwatering visuals of Spanish wines, their regions and their cultures. Accredited wine professionals will pour samples for visiting shoppers with descriptions of the wines and the foods that go with them. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper wine event without delectable foods to accompany the wines so Vancouver caterer Christine Moulson of Little House will be on hand with the finest in Spanish flavours to nibble on in between sips for all who come out for the fun. As an added bonus, all who arrive to taste wines will take with them a little something. (No purchase necessary.)

Seven wines take part in the promotion, winding consumers through a virtual tour of Spain’s booming wine regions and their various styles:
Cava PARES BALTA – BRUT ORGANIC $19.99 <Karl: a must try>
Jumilla LAS HERMANAS ORGANIC MONASTRELL $15.95
Ribera del Duero TORRES CELESTE $24.99
Toro ELIAS MORA $19.99
Monsant MALONDRO BESLLUM $19.99
Bierzo LOSADA MENCIA $24.99 <Karl: Mencia is a red grape you may not have heard or tried.>
Rioja MARQUES DE MURRIETA FINCA YGAY RESERVA $29.99

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Marquis Wine Cellars Social Media Tasting Highlights!

Thank you very much to Mr. John Clerides, the owner of Marquis Wine Cellars, for opening up a variety of sparkling, white, and red wines for us, wine bloggers to try.  What wines did we get to try? There were 14 different wines, and I will outline here in this blog the ones that I liked the most.  These wines are all available at Marquis Wine Cellars, so feel free to go by their shop to pick up a bottle or two.

Onto the wines!  There was one sparkling wine in our tasting line-up which I quite enjoyed.  The Champagne Agrapart NV Terroirs Blanc de Blanc, France, ($54.90) is made solely from the Chardonnay grape.  This wine was medium lemon in colour.  Nice bready, lemon, and apple aromas.  Fine bubble with a dry mouthfeel.  Lemon and some sweet spice on the palate with a long lingering finish.

One white of note was the Lusco do Mino Albarino 2009, Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain ($24.90).  Rias Baixas is a cooler region in the northwest area of Spain.  The Albarino grape produces a higher acid wine that is very aromatic.  This wine had a light flowery nose.  Light in body with lychee, almond, apple and spice on the palate.  Very tasty.

My second white wine pick was the Domaine Barmes-Buecher Pinot Gris 2006, Herrenweg, Alsace, France ($32.90). This Pinot Gris was quite a deep lemon colour.  Sweet apricot nose.  It smelled very much like an ice wine, with that same level of aromatic intensity. It was though medium body and dry on the palate, with marmalade and apricot flavour.  Quite impressive.

My last white wine choice was the Le Mont Bonnezeaux 2004, Loire Valley, France ($38.90).  Although the variety of grape is not obvious, coming from the Loire Valley, this was a Chenin Blanc.  Another deeply lemon coloured wine. This one had honey and some stone fruit on the nose.  Medium + body, a bit of sweetness.  Round mouthfeel with apple, mushroom, and oak flavours.  An unctus wine.

What about the red wines? My overall favorite was the Domino de Tares Cepas Viejas 2007, Bierzo, Spain ($29.90). This wine is made from the indigenous grape called Mencia. This grape grows in the cooler northwest corner of Spain.  It is a lower acid grape with red fruit aromas and flavours and earthy richness.  The Bierzo region is also being touted as the next Priorat of Spain!  This wine was A deep blackish purple in colour.  Vanilla and sweet black fruit on the nose.  Full body with medium tannins, sweet ripe black fruit, vanilla, with cinnamon spice on the mid palate.  Good acidity to balance the fruit and full body of this wine.  I hope we get to see more Spanish wines from Bierzo at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival this April as Spain is the theme country!

My other red wine selection was the Domaine Roc des Anges Cepas Viejas 2006, Roussillon, France ($39.90). This is a blend with primarily carignan and I am guessing grenache noir, and syrah from my quick research on the web. This wine is dark garnet in the glass. Dried cherries, licorice, and dried herbs on the nose.  Full of flavour, with ripe cherries and a spicy mid palate.  Dry with medium tannins and medium length.

To go with all the wines at this evening’s tasting was a selection of cheeses from Benton Brothers Fine Cheese and assorted appetizers from Louis Gervais Fine Foods and Catering.