Next Tapas and Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner Menu is set!

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Well, here we go again!

I promised more tapas, and more Spanish wines for August.

And I think we will deliver on that promise!

The wines being offered look spectacular, the Tapas plates hopefully good enough to complement them.

Here is the initial menu and wine pairings.  I will detail the wines hopefully this evening in a subsequent post.

Tapas and Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner – August 28th, 7:15pm    $35

Tangerine Marinated Olive and Chili Pepper Skewers  /  Smokey Almonds
Beet, Cherry and Tomato Gazpacho with Pitachios and Mint
ADEGAS D’ALTAMIRA Brandal Albarino
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Serrano Ham and Chicken Croquettes
Blue Cheese and Date Croquettes
Romesco Sauce
ADEGAS D’ALTAMIRA Brandal Barrica
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Garlic Shrimp
Goat cheese stuffed Piquillo Peppers
Gran Rojo Garnacha
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Lobster Paella
Grilled Eggplant with Tomato Jam
Navarro Lopez Old Vine Gran Reserva
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Chorizo Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce
Minted Lamb Meatballs
Garcia Tinto Figuero Tempranillo 4 mos.
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Rosewater Gelee with Strawberry and Beet Granita
Dark Chocolate Custard with Citrus Cloud
Ice Coffee

Look forward to seeing everyone for a sensational evening of food and wines!

Update – OK, here are the details on the wines:

Product: Adegas D’Altamira

Producer: Adegas D’Altamira

Country: Spain

Region: Rias Baixas (D.O.)

Grape Variety: 100% Albarino

Alcohol Strength: 13.0% by volume

Description: The 2006 Adegas D’Altamira boasts a yellow straw color, with green reflections, and intense aromas of fresh fruit, citrus and fine lees, together with fine grass, thyme, rosemary and a delicate, sweet balsamic end. It has a tasty, fresh palate, with a touch of spices and stone.

Winemaker’s Notes: This wine comes from carefully selected Albarino grapes, the smallest white grapes in the world. All processes, from vineyard to winery, are focused to extract the maximum quality of this highly concentrated grape. The grapes are hand-harvested from vines that are more than 35 years old and trellised four-to-five feet high using granite stakes to help prevent mold and mildew in this extremely humid region. After hand-selection and hand-sorting, the grapes are destemmed and undergo 24 hours of pre-fermentation skin maceration. Maceration is stopped and cold stabilization takes place over six months (three months sur lies) prior to clarification and controlled fermentation. Unlike other Rias Baixas wines, Adegas D’Altamira does not undergo malolactic fermentation. Therefore, the wine keeps its acidity, yet is balanced by the concentrated fruit for a more complex, sophisticated white wine with great mouthfeel and better ageing potential.

Product: Albarino Brandal

Producer: Adegas D’Altamira

Country: Spain

Region: Rias Baixas (D.O.)

Grape Variety: 100% Albarino

Alcohol Strength: 12.5% by volume

Description: The 2007 Brandal has a pale yellow color with green hues. It gives off a varied and intense aroma of citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit), combined with sweeter notes of peach and white flowers in the end. Nice acidity in the mouth with flourishes of citrus and delicate, bitter balsamic hints.

Winemaker’s Notes: This “Branco Albarino D’Altamira” or Brandal, comes from select Albarino grapes, the smallest white grapes in the world, grown on small parcels of land in the southern part of Pontevedra province. All processes, from vineyard to winery, are focused to extract the maximum quality of this highly concentrated grape. The grapes are hand-harvested, hand-selection and handsorted, then destemmed and undergo 12 hours of prefermentation skin maceration. Maceration is stopped and cold stabilization takes place over six months prior to clarification and controlled fermentation. Unlike other Rias Baixas wines, Adegas D’Altamira does not undergo malolactic fermentation. Therefore, the wine keeps its acidity, yet is balanced by the concentrated

fruit for a complex, sophisticated white wine with great mouthfeel and better aging potential.

Product: Rojo Garnacha

Producer: Bodegas Navarro López, S.L.

Country: Spain

Region: Valdepenas (D.O.)

Grape Variety: 100% Garnacha

Alcohol Strength: 13.0% by volume

Description: The 2007 Rojo Garnacha has the colour of blackberry with blue tones, almost opaque. Intense and pleasant aromas of licorice and wild red and black berries fill the nose, with mineral undertones. Well-rounded and balanced on the palate, it is elegant and fresh. Red fruit, minerals and a hint of fresh thyme linger on the finish. It’s surprisingly silky and full-bodied, with a rich varietal expression.

Winemaker’s Notes: This Mediterranean red varietal, the most cultivated

grape in the world, produces excellent red wines which benefit from its oily and sensual tannins, achieving an impressive power and expression. The grapes for this Garnacha come from 40 year-old vines grown in the

lime-y soil of Campo de Montiel in Valdepeñas, situated at 700 m above sea level. The grapes are harvested and selected at the peak of maturity, followed by controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks up to 28ºC.

Product: Old Vines Gran Reserva

Producer: Bodegas Navarro López, S.L.

Country: Spain

Region: Valdepenas (D.O.)

Grape Variety: 100% Tempranillo

Alcohol Strength: 13.0% by volume

Description: The Old Vine Gran Reserva has an intense ruby red color, with a pronounced darkening to brick red at the edges. Complex aromas include spicy notes of black pepper, balsamic fragrances and persistent noble woods, with sensations of leather, tobacco and fruit in liquor. Due to its acid freshness, rich phenols, glycerine, and well-structured tannins, it is balanced, tasty and persistent on the palate.

Winemaker’s Notes: Considered the signature red variety of the La Mancha region, the Tempranillo grapes used in this wine come from 30 year-old vines in lime-based soil in the Campo de Calatrava in Valdepeñas, situated at 716 m above sea level. The grapes are harvested at the beginning of September and go through carefully monitored fermentation in stainless steel tanks (seven to ten days) and a long maceration under controlled temperatures not exceeding 28ºC. The wine is aged 24 months in oak barrels (80% American, 15% French and 5% Hungarian) – then, an additional 36 months in bottle. The barrels are changed every four to five years.

Product: Roble Four Months In Barrel

Producer: Vinedos y Bodegas Garcia Figuero

Country: Spain

Region: Ribera del Duero (D.O.)

Grape Variety: 100% Tempranillo

Alcohol Strength: 13.5% by volume

Description: Figuero’s Four Months In Barrel has a dark red color with blue reflections, confirming the wine’s youth; an intense robe for a bright wine. The nose displays intense aromas of strawberries, cherries and

blackberries, all integrated with elegant oak notes. There is a strong, balanced mouthfeel, showing good structure and a rounded wine, with hints of berries on the palate and a persistent, lingering finish.

Winemaker’s Notes: The Tempranillo grapes used in this wine come from 10-20 year-old vines. After being hand-harvested and undergoing cluster selection in the vineyards, the grapes are destemmed and go through gravitycontrolled tanks, with five to six days maceration prior

to fermentation. An additional eight days of maturation follow, with malolactic fermentation taking place. The wine is aged for four months in new oak barrels (85-percent American and 15-percent French oak). It then sees an additional four months of ageing in the bottle before leaving the cellar.

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