Care for some Cava? Time for Tempranillo? Then stop by Firehouse for this week’s tasting featuring 3 new Spanish wines!
- De Pró Brut, Cava – This award-winning bubbly from the heart of Cava country in Catalunya is made from traditional varietals (Xiarello, Macabeo and Parellada) in the traditional method (methode champenoise) and bottled aged for 15 months to create a classic, smooth sparkling: scents of citrus, baked bread, and almond combine with crisp flavors of pear and lemon and an elegant “creamy mousse” finish. $16 btl, $7 btg
- El Tuerto Rioja Blanco Tempranillo, Rioja – A white Tempranillo? They exist! Similar to Pinot Blanc (a naturally occurring white mutation of Pinot Noir) this rare white offshoot results in a robust wine filled with yellow and green fruit flavors (grape, apple, pear) with a strong dash of minerality. $17 btl, $7 btg
- Ercavio Tempranillo, Castilla-La Mancha – This unique local clone of Tempranillo (Cencibel) has adapted to the harsh climate of the region resulting in small, thick skinned grapes (on knee-high vines) creating bright fruit flavors enhanced by the winemakers’ use of stainless steel fermentation and lack of oak. The result? An inky red with flavors of black cherry, plum, and blueberry with a nice hint of cedar and minerality. $14 btl, $7 btg
Paired with: Chorizo and Roasted Corn Flatbread with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Photo of Wine Cellar by Che – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=630332