Discover Rías Baixas and Albariño Wines PLUS MEET THE PRODUCER! (ONLINE TASTING)
A virtual wine tasting organised in partnership with the governing body of the RÍAS BAIXAS wine region
D.O. Rías Baixas is widely acknowledged as the heartland of Spain’s most fashionable white grape variety, Albariño. Indeed, 95% of all grapes grown here are Albariño grapes. Nestled up in the remote north west corner of Spain by the side of the Atlantic Ocean, Rías Baixas is also famous for its lush green landscape, steep terraced vineyards and granite ‘pergolas’, not to mention the cornucopia of fresh fish hauled daily out of the ocean just a stone’s throw away!
This is an area which is a far cry from the Spain of popular imagination, and as such remains a relatively undiscovered region to all but a few “in the know”. Yet the wine emanating from this delightful corner of Spain is certainly gaining recognition worldwide for its refreshing peach, elderflower, citrus and tropical fruit aromas and silken palate.
We will be taking a closer look at this region through two different wines and we will be delving into the different styles that can be found here – whether that be wines from the warmer, more southerly sub-regions of Condado do Tea and Rosal whose borders meander along the Miño river, skimming the top of Portugal or the more northerly, Atlantic-swept Salnés which produces white wines with bracing freshness and citrus crunch. Then we have the white wine blends where native grape varieties such as Albariño, Treixadura, Loureira come together to produce delicious expressions of the area as well as those whites that are aged just that little bit longer on the lees to reveal yet more creamy layers of complexity.
PLUS MEET THE PRODUCER! I am delighted to announce that one of those winemakers will be joining us on the night to discuss the area and this grape variety in much more depth, with a special Q&A session in order for YOU to ask all your questions about wine making and/or their products, their background story etc. This is your opportunity to get first-hand knowledge about what it takes a make a good balanced wine. NOT A TASTING TO BE MISSED!!! Only 20 places available!
Our two-wine ‘journey’ through this Galician region will allows you to gain a greater understanding of the differences and subtleties of wines from Rías Baixas – the heartland of Albariño.
AFTER PURCHASING YOUR TICKET (simply click on the BOOK NOW button below and pay online), I shall email you with details on how to pay for the wine & food pack which accompanies this tasting. THERE ARE ONLY 15 PACKS AVAILABLE, so please hurry booking so avoid disappoinment.
Indeed, we have put together, in partnership with the governing body of the Rías Baixas wine region, a superb pack for you to purchase at a fabulous price. The high-quality, thick cotton, branded 'I love Albariño' shopper bag includes 2 bottles of Albariño in different styles for us to taste on the night, plus some Gordal olives and 'kikones' (ie maize kernels), both from Brindisa, to eat alongside these 2 wines. All for only £24!!!! (which represents a saving of £13 per pack!). This pre-made pack will be available to collect from Hampshire Wine School's offices at 68 Crestwood View, Eastleigh, SO50 4NF from Wednesday 29th of July onwards. Please text Cecile on 07969-113382 with your preferred date and time to arrange collection from her.
The 2 carefully selected wines in the pack are:
- 1 x bottle of Maior de Mendoza Albariño (aged on the lees, from sub-region Val do Salnes) RRP £15.50
- 1 x bottle of Pazo de San Mauro (from sub-region Condado do Tea) Albariño RRP £13.99
Places remaining: 5
Course Date/Time: Sat 1st Aug 2020 at 7pm
Duration: 1+/ 2 hours
Venue: ZOOM ONLINE (LINK SENT BY EMAIL 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT ITSELF)