We are headed to Spain this week to taste Garnacha’s. Spain is known for Garnacha which is usually full of fruit flavor. This Friday we are featuring four wines from around Spain and a special offering of Spanish food.
CampoViejo Garnacha Rioja, 2013 $9.99 (14% ABV) – It is very bright and lively, with a nose of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and blackberry backed with notes of violet and lilac. Subtle notes of sweet spices and toast enhance and wrap the fruit. It is soft, silky, fresh and intense.
Bodegas Ordonez Zerran Montsant 2011 $14.99
50% Garnacha, 40% Mazuelo, 10% Syrah
Dry red Jorge Ordonez de Montsant is made from the Grenache, Carignan and Syrah from old vines, 50 years on average, located in clayey and calcareous soils with slate areas at an altitude of between 500 and 600 meters above sea level.
Vega Sendoa El Chaparral Navarra Old Vine Garnacha, 2012 $14.99
Bright red. Suave raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are compelling and sexy. Musky herbal and floral qualities add complexity to the nose but fade into the red berry aromas, which continue on the palate. Deep, sweet and pure, with strong raspberry and blackcurrant flavors repeating on the finish. This could easily pass for a serious southern Rhone wine and is one incredible value.
Navaherreros Madrid Garnacha, 2012 $19.99
Navaherrerros is a red wine made from grenache grapes from every vineyard in the estate. Through different soils, orientations and microclimates, it expresses San Martin de Valdeiglesias’ terroir. The ages of the vines range from 40 to 80 and planting densities from 1,900 to 2,200 vines per hectare.
In keeping with our Spanish theme, we are excited to welcome in a representative from Paella at Your Place. They will be providing us with two dishes of Paella (one likely vegetarian). If you are unfamiliar with Paella (wikipedia.org) is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near Albufera lagoon on the east coast of Spain adjacent to the city of Valencia. The dish is widely regarded as Spain’s national dish, as well as a regional Valencian dish; Valencians regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.
Cheeses for Friday
Saint Rocco Triple Cream Brie
Solera Andanzas Manchego
Our Cider tasting now has a face. Join us as we welcome Blake’s Hard Cider, located in Armada, MI. all info blakeshardcider.com
Flannel Mouth (6.5% ABV) – Blake’s Flannel Mouth is made with a wide array of late season table and dessert apples. This succulent combination gives it a sweet flavor than finishes incredibly smoothly.
El Chavo (6.5% ABV) – At Blake’s Hard Cider Co., we like spicing things up. That’s why we put dimmers on the lights in our Cider House. And it’s why we created this sweet, heated blend of habanero pepper, mango and our famous Blake’s apples.
Beard Bender (6.5% ABV) – Blake’s Beard Bender is a 100% natural hard cider. It’s funny – when nothing’s added, you taste the true characteristics of the apple. Not for the faint of heart, Beard Bender packs a punch not expected from hard cider. Derived from a variety of Bittersweet and Bittersharp apples. Beard Bender is tart, crisp and amazingly drinkable.
Wakefire (6.5% ABV) – a comforting blend of Michigan-grown cherries, orange peel and our famous Blake’s apples.