Tastings This Week

Spain, Spectacular Spain

This Friday we'll taste a range of Spanish wine, starting with a vibrant, floral white from Rueda.  Martinsancho was the name of the 17th century vineyard, source of the original grape cuttings, re-planted in 1976 that helped save the indigenous Verdejo variety from extinction. Next up are the  legendary wines of Pesquera, stablished in 1972 by Alejandro Fernandez who was convinced of the greatness of Ribera before the rest of the world caught up. We'll taste the Condado de Haza, (a second project from younger vines) as well as the classic Pesquera bottling from the 2011 vintage, both of which explain the wineries reputation as a master of Tempranillo. Not far from Pesquera, in a part of Valladolid known as the Golden Mile, is the Hacienda Monasterio. Their vines, planted on an ideally situated slope on limestone soils (mostly to Tinto Fino, with some Bordeaux varieties mixed in) are farmed organically and yield wines of strength, finesse and real aging potential. Read More »

Fleurie, Roero and everyones favorite Uncle...

With less than 5 hectares divided between Moulin a Vent and Fleurie, Yohan Lardy doesn't have much land, but he makes up for it with exceptional wine. The Fleurie is light and bright, with enough depth to drink on a chilly fall evening. Then, we'll pay a visit to everyone's favorite "Oncle", a Pinot from a very well regarded Pommard producer that tastes like it should cost at least twice as much as it does. Dry and very earthy, with subtle aromas of mocha and coffee, firm tannins, and a deep, silky mouthfeel. Decant this, then cook up a steak, and drink it. Finally, from Piedmont's hilly Roero region,it's a Nebbiolo full of cherry fruit and dusty tannin that reminds us just how well those '09s are drinking right now.... Read More »

Sunday Spirits: El Dorado Rum

"Rum" it over to Flatiron this Sunday, as we'll have 2 different versions open from El Dorado in Guyana, where production has taken place along the banks of the Demerara river for over three centuries.. Read More »