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Final Holiday Tasting Today @ Despaña, 12/12

December 12th, 2013 by Pey-Wen Ting


Join us for a beautiful 2013 harvest video and a chance to taste three highly drinkable and giftworthy wines at featured wine merchant Despaña – Vinos y Mas, today, Thursday, 12/12, 5-8pm. This tasting marks the launch of a captivating video essay by acclaimed photographer and videographer Maite Hernández covering this year’s harvest at Celler la Muntanya and other SWE wineries.

Freshly picked white grapes ready for the sorting table in the vineyards of Celler la Muntanya, from Maite Hernández's video essay on the 2013 harvest. Image: © Maite Hernández
Freshly picked white grapes ready for the sorting table in the vineyards of Celler la Muntanya, from Maite Hernández’s video essay on the 2013 harvest.
Image: © Maite Hernández

Click here to view Maite’s lyrical work: 46mg | 15mg. We highly recommend you watch through as the final segment on our new Txakoli producer, Adur, is both magical and a joy to behold!

The first wine in the tasting will be the bright and distincitive Mediterranean white blend “Albir” from Celler la Muntanya; next up will be the elegant and flavor rich red blend “Negre,” also from Celler la Muntanya; and finally the irrepressible “I Think” Manzanilla from Equipo Navazos.

We hope this tasting will be an enjoyable opportunity to snag a few holiday gifts and have some great wine at the same time. Don’t forget that in addition to the wine shop, their next door gourmet boutique and café offers a range of giftable Spanish products, tapas and wine by the glass!

The tasting in brief:

Celler la Muntanya “Albir” 2010 white
Celler la Muntanya “Negre” 2009 red
Equipo Navazos “I Think” Manzanilla saca 2013 pale dry Sherry


That’s today, December 12, from 5 to 7:30pm at Despaña – Vinos y Mas, 410 Broome St. (just east of Lafayette), SoHo, NYC. 212.219.1550

Holiday Tasting Opportunity @ Vintry, 12/11

December 10th, 2013 by Pey-Wen Ting


Join us for video premieres and a chance to sample four highly giftable wines at Vintry Fine Wines, tomorrow Wednesday, 12/11, 5-8pm. This tasting coincides with the premiere of a beautiful video essay by acclaimed photographer and videographer Maite Hernández on Rioja winemaking legend, Basilio Izquierdo.

Basilio Izquierdo inspecting ancient vines, from Maite Hernández's video essay on Basilio. Image: © Maite Hernández
Basilio Izquierdo inspecting ancient vines, from Maite Hernández’s video essay on Basilio. Image: © Maite Hernández

Click here to view Maite’s lyrical work: 40mg | 15mg. Additionally, join us tomorrow to be among the first to see Maite’s 2013 harvest video essays on additional SWE wineries!

The first wine in the tasting will be the super floral Calvente Guindalera dry Moscatel; Basilio Izquierdo’s 2010 “B de Basilio” white—gaining complexity by the week, and his vin de garde 2007 “B de Basilio” red; and finally the irrepressibly delightful “I Think” Manzanilla from Equipo Navazos.

We hope this tasting will be a great excuse to check a few gifts off your holiday shopping list and enjoy some great wine at the same time. Or if not, that you’ll get a chance to visit Vintry or their stylish website (VintryFineWines.com) to get your fix of Spanish Wine Exclusives selections.

The tasting in brief:

Calvente Guindalera Single Vineyard dry Moscatel 2011 white
Basilio Izquierdo “B de Basilio” 2010 white
Basilio Izquierdo “B de Basilio” 2007 red
Equipo Navazos “I Think” Manzanilla saca 2013 pale dry Sherry


That’s tomorrow, December 11, from 5 to 8pm at Vintry Fine Wines, 230 Murray Street (On the Pedestrian Breezeway between Murray and Vesey Streets), 10282 NYC.


SAVE THE DATE
Don’t miss this upcoming SWE holiday tasting:
· Dec. 12, Thursday, 5 – 7:30pm @ Despaña Vinos y Mas, SoHo, Manhattan

1970 Tasting @ Flatiron Wines & Spirits, 12/5

December 4th, 2013 by Pey-Wen Ting


Join us for this chance to sample the historic 1970 Rioja vintage in the form of Franco-Espanolas “Royal Tête de Cuvée” at Flatiron Wines & Spirits, Thursday, 12/5, 5 – 8pm. We are very pleased to be working with Flatiron Wines as one of our featured merchants both because of their driving commitment to terroir and tradition, but also because they adore Sherry!

First up will be the irrepressible “I Think” Manzanilla from Equipo Navazos, though some may prefer to save this delightfully intense wine for last. Then the 2010 Castro de Lobarzán Godello; some of the last bottles of this vintage out there—now at its richest moment. Next up is the always popular and complex Estrela Mencía red; and the finale, a standout from one of Rioja’s great vintages, the strawberry and leather nuances and elegance of 1970 Franco-Espanolas “Royal Tête de Cuvée.”

The raw brick, city chic of Flatiron Wines & Spirits. Photo: © Flatiron Wines & Spirits


If you haven’t had a chance to visit Flatiron Wines in Manhattan’s buzzing Flatiron District, this tasting is a great opportunity to check out their acclaimed shop. Or visit their website at Flatiron-Wines.com to purchase their line-up of Spanish Wine Exclusives selections at any time.

The tasting in brief:
Equipo Navazos “I Think” Manzanilla pale dry Sherry
Castro de Lobarzán Monterrei 2010 Godello blend white
Estrela Ribeira Sacra – Amandi 2011 Mencía blend red
Franco-Espanolas “Royal Tête de Cuvée” Rioja 1970 Gran Reserva red


That’s Thursday, December 5, from 5 – 8pm at Flatiron Wines & Spirits, 929 Broadway (btw 21st and 22nd streets), 10010 NYC. (212) 477-1315


SAVE THE DATES
Don’t miss these upcoming SWE holiday tastings at our other featured merchants:
· Dec. 11, Wednesday, 5 – 8pm @ Vintry Fine Wines, Tribeca, Manhattan
· Dec. 12, Thursday, 5 – 7:30pm @ Despaña Vinos y Mas, SoHo, Manhattan

Inaugural Tasting @ Vintry Thursday, 10/3

October 1st, 2013 by Pey-Wen Ting


Join us for this chance to sample four wines at our new featured wine merchant, Vintry Fine Wines, this Thursday, 10/3, 5-8pm. We are very proud to be working with Vintry Fine Wine, not only because they offer a wide range of outstanding wines, including rare and back vintages, but also because of their passion, knowledge and attention to detail.

First up will be the super floral Calvente Guindalera dry Moscatel—available at retail for the first time in the US; Basilio Izquierdo’s “B de Basilio” white—gaining complexity by the week; Vinyes d’Olivardots “Gresa Expressió”—showing better than ever; and finally the irrepressibly delightful “I Think” Manzanilla from Equipo Navazos.

The beautifully designed, clean
lines of Vintry Fine Wines. Photos: © Vintry Fine Wines


If you are not already familiar with Vintry, we hope this tasting will be a great excuse to visit the shop in lower Manhattan. Or if not, that you’ll get a chance to visit Vintry or their stylish website (VintryFineWines.com) soon to get your fix of Spanish Wine Exclusives selections.

The tasting in brief:

Calvente Guindalera Single Vineyard dry Moscatel 2011 white
Basilio Izquierdo “B de Basilio” 2010 white
Vinyes d’Olivardots “Gresa Expressió” Empordà 2007 red
Equipo Navazos “I Think” Manzanilla saca 2013 pale dry Sherry


That’s this Thursday, October 3, from 5 to 8pm at Vintry Fine Wines, 230 Murray Street (On the Pedestrian Breezeway between Murray and Vesey Streets), 10282 NYC.

Refreshing Free Wine Tasting Today in SoHo!

July 11th, 2013 by Pey-Wen Ting

Join us for this chance to sample three wines sure to help you beat the summer heat at Despaña – Vinos y Mas. We will start off with Manzanilla, one of the all time great hot weather wines, move to a crisp minerally white and finish with an elegant red, big enough to stand up to BBQ fare, but smooth enough to keep your palate fresh.

The Wines:
Equipo Navazos “I Think” Manzanilla saca 2013 dry Sherry
Castro de Lobarzán Godello 2011 white 
Celler la Muntanya “Negre” 2009 red

That’s today, July 11, from 5 to 7:30pm at Despaña, 410 Broome St., SoHo, NYC.

Pamper yourself with some summer refreshment! Photo: © Fivehotelandspa

Pamper yourself with some summer refreshment! Photo: © Fivehotelandspa

 

Many of you may have already heard the sad news that our retail partner Tinto Fino – Vinos de España recently closed its doors. Although this is a blow to lovers of Spanish wine across the US, we are happy to announce that going forward our selections will be available in more shops, restaurants and wine bars than ever before. We will keep you posted in the coming weeks and months on where you’ll be able to get your fix of Spanish Wine Exclusives wines.

We hope to add a cool and relaxing touch to your summer later today at Despaña – Vinos y Mas, 410 Broome Street (just east of Lafayette), SoHo, NYC.

Seville Style Free Tasting Tomorrow

April 19th, 2013 by Pey-Wen Ting

Join us this Saturday afternoon, April 20, 4-7pm, for a free tasting to get you in the Spring swing of things at Tinto Fino in the East Village. Each April the city of Seville in the south of Spain puts on a huge party, known as the Feria de Abril (April Fair). This year’s fair started on Monday and runs through Sunday this weekend. To help you celebrate like our friends in Seville we offer you a taste of the festivities.

Sevillana women in colorful traditional costume in front of fairground tents, called casetas, at Seville's annual April Fair. Photo: © Ed Tarwinski

Sevillana women in colorful traditional costume in front of fairground tents, called casetas, at Seville's annual April Fair. Photo: © Ed Tarwinski

One of the things we love about the Feria is that copious amounts of Manzanilla Sherry are served all around town, but especially at the fairgrounds in tent-like booths called casetas, which are sponsored by families, clubs, trade groups, political parties and the like. The festival is well known for its Flamenco music, dancing, partying, parades, horse drawn carriages and plenty of tapas. And many a late night too.

Equipo Navazos “I Think” Manzanilla will be the first wine in our nod to the fun in Seville. Fresh, crisp, dry and flowery, this exceptionally well-balanced Manzanilla is well worth trying, even if you are not yet into the whole Sherry thing. Its intensity and honeyed richness are quite a few steps above the more commercial variety typically served at the Feria. So you’ll be drinking better than most Sevillanos!

Next in our line up is Castro de Lobarzán, a Godello blend. This crisp white offers a nose brimming with fresh lemon, pear and chalk scents, accented by touches of tarragon, melon, lime peel and baked apple. The palate is very long with lingering mineral notes. And it received 93 points from Wine & Spirits magazine too.

For the reds we offer two medium weight wines ideal for the coming warmer weather: Estrela Ribeira Sacra Mencía and Orgullo Rioja. Estrela is super fragrant, mineral and un-oaked for easy going enjoyment. Its from 80-100 year old vines and offers surprising complexity for a young wine. Orgullo is an earthy, chewy cherry Rioja from with modest oak aging which helps keep it smooth and bright. Its got plenty of character from family owned vines and pairs with a wide range of foods.

We hope to see you this Saturday for a little April merriment of our own at Tinto Fino! 85 1st AVE, (btw E. 5th & 6th STs) Manhattan; 212.254.0850.

Taste 2 New Wines @ Tinto Fino in NYC

January 31st, 2013 by Pey-Wen Ting

Join us this Saturday afternoon, February 2, 4-7pm, for a free debut tasting of two new wines plus two rarities from Vinyes d’Olivardots at Tinto Fino in the East Village. The debut line-up includes a super limited production and very old vine white along with a fruit and flavor packed red, both shown here for the first time in the US. The rarities are single vineyard wines from the Terroir Varietal Collection.

Vinyes d'Olivardots "Finca Olivardots" label close-up.

Vinyes d'Olivardots "Finca Olivardots" label close-up.

The debut white, 2011 Blanc de Gresa ($28), is a blend of 90-110 year old vine and scarcely planted varietals Garnacha Blanca, Garnacha Rosada and Cariñena Blanca. It’s loaded with character and flavor. The nose offers a medley of waxy golden apple and fresh crushed green apple scents with hints of vanilla and nutmeg spice. The palate is ample, bright, silky and long, marked by a core of green apple, pineapple and pear flavors, with undercurrents of pine needle, bay leaf, mint and chalky minerality that lead into a lively pineapple inflected finish, lined with delicate sweet butter tones.

Their debuting entry level red, 2011 Finca Olivardots ($25), is lush and forward, and features deep berry flavors with a smooth mouthfeel, rounded by soft oak tones. The nose offers intense blackberry scents accompanied by black pepper notes. The palate is full and chewy with brambly dark berries and pure black plum flavors along with mineral, spearmint and spicy peppery tones. Good acidity provides lift through the silky mid-palate into the lively, creamy plum and berry finish with lingering chocolate brownie nuances.

In addition, we will also offer a taste of two special wines from the Vinyes d’Olivardots Terroir Varietal Collection. These are extremely limited production, single vineyard wines (63 cases each) that showcase what can be achieved when the right grape is grown in the right soil with the right climate! Vd’O 1.08 is made from 60+ year old Cariñena vines grown in the slaty soil of “Vinya de l’Avi Joan”. Vd’O 3.08 is made from 100% Syrah planted in the rocky and sandy soil of “Paratge Olivardots”. These are both wines of great richness and complexity and only a very small quantity remain available for sale at a special low price. We welcome you to come by and try for yourself!

We hope to see you this Saturday at Tinto Fino! 85 1st AVE, (btw E. 5th & 6th STs) Manhattan; 212.254.0850.


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