Spanish Wine - Online
A new era is dawning for everyone involved in classrooms and events. Using modern technology, we can enjoy learning about our favourite wines (and gin) from the comfort and safety of our own homes. This has the added advantage that nobody needs to be the “designated driver”. Using Zoom video conferencing is just like being in the room with Gary, who will, as ever educate, inform and entertain you for about an hour.
All sessions will be recorded and if you can't attend at the last minute just let us know so you can go through the event at your convenience later.
Why not invite your friends to make it a truly social experience?
All YOU have to do is purchase a ticket from the Shropshire Wine School website by clicking the "BOOK" button below, as you would normally. A ticket entitles ALL members of your household to join in. There is no need to buy one ticket per person. Once your ticket purchased, you will receive a confirmation email with your ZOOM web link and password 2 days before the event itself.
Spain has the largest area of land under vine in the world. However, with the exception of Rioja, many of its wines are relatively unknown, despite providing excellent value for money and of increasingly good quality.
So, in this three week tour of Spain, we will NOT be tasting any Rioja. Spain’s most famous wine we will save for another occasion.
Instead we will look at some of the wonderful wines, both white and red, all made from Spanish grape varieties that are being increasingly valued for their high quality and unique flavours.
Week 1 – The North
Galicia in NW Spain is relatively cool and is the wettest part of Spain. Here we find the fashionable aromatic white grape variety Albariño.
Across the other side of the country, south of Barcelona in the wild, hot hillsides is the region of Priorat, alongside Rioja the only wine to have the higher DOCa classification. The wine is a powerful expression of the Garnacha grape. Spain’s answer to Chateauneuf du Pape.
Week 2 – The “Midwest”
We visit Rueda DO, home of the white Verdejo grape to enjoy its unique aromatic flavours and then onto neighbouring Toro DO where Spain’s most famous grape – Tempranillo displays a rustic but full-bodied character here.
Week 3 – Big Reds
Ribera del Duero DO is now recognised as the place where Tempranillo makes wine that gives it a true international appeal (alongside Rioja). Here the grape is unblended and the hot, dry conditions give full-bodied and high alcohol wines.
Alicante on the Mediterranean coast is of course a hot place to grow grapes. Hot enough for the Monastrell grape (Mourvedre in France) to reach full ripeness. The wine produces bramble fruit wine, big and powerful with enough tannin to allow the wine to age for years.
For this tasting you will need to pop out and buy (or buy online) four wines (and lots of lovely cheese) to compare. The six I will be uncorking are:
- Definition Albariño 2018 (Majestic)
- La Petite Agnès Priorat DOCa 2015 (Waitrose)
- Beronia Rueda Verdejo DO 2019 (Waitrose)
- Puertas Novas Selección, Toro DO 2014 (Wine Society)
- Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero DO 2013 (Sainsbury)
- Tarima Monastrell Alicante DO 2019 (Majestic)
However, as usual just try to obtain similar wines if you can’t find an exact match
This course is priced at £35. However, for just another £15 you can enjoy a further 2 weeks virtual wine tasting in August with our European wine tour. Book all five weeks together for just £50 – here.
Places remaining: 14
Course Date/Time: Wed 19th Aug 2020 at 7.30pm
Duration: 2 x 1 Hour Sessions
Venue: Online - Zoom (Link Sent By Email)