A Tour of Spain – Virtual Wine Tasting
Thurs 10th Sept 2020 | 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Your Place | $96.50
Rinkydink Virtual Vino are thrilled to announce our next wine event, A Tour of Spain – a live-streamed virtual wine tasting featuring Scott Wasley, owner & founder of “The Spanish Acquisition”. Scott is the number one importer of Spanish wine to Australia and pioneered the introduction of premium Spanish wine to Australia over 20 years ago.
So, in Spain, bloody Tempranillo is everywhere. It shouldn’t be and we will tell you why. If we take Tempranillo to the west, into cool, humid Atlantic Galicia, the relatively mild daytimes mean that the tannins will not ripen properly and the wines will be mean and green. Likewise, if Tempranillo is grown in the east, in the Mediterranean balm of Catalunya, it’ll get ripe without issue, but the long, mild warm nights will mean we say ‘bye-bye’ to acidity, and the wines will be soft and soupy.
Instead, the Mediterranean coast gives us reds with great balance and expression in the form of Garnatxas (we will explain) and Monastrells – the parents of what become Grenache and Mourvedre in France, and the best in Spain are arguably the finest and most delicate, with fruit expression, tannin and soft acid freshness all in harmony.
And over west in drizzly Galicia, the low acid, gently tannic local variety Mencia strikes its pose in cold, mineral granite and slate soils. It’s a super-tricky grape to get right, but when it’s good it’s really beguiling.
Our tasting will start here, in Galicia, with racy white Albarino from the Rias Biaxas sub-region. Then we go to Rioja for a Tempranillo, and we’ll end up in Alicante and enjoy an amazing value (premier cru equivalent) single vineyard Monastrell.
We will be hitting the jamon while we taste and chat, but make yourselves some patatas bravas if you must!
2018 Valmiñor Albarino DO Rias Baixas
Telmo Rodriguez ‘LZ’ Tempranillo 2018, DOCa Rioja
Enrique Mendoza ‘la Tremenda’ Monastrell 2017, DO Alicante
Delivery & Online Information
For only $96.50 each household will receive 3 premium bottles of Spanish wine delivered to your door*, free delivery metro Melbourne and Sydney, other destinations $10 flat rate.
We will email you a Zoom invitation, wine tasting notes, cheese recommendations prior to the event, you just need to have your wines ready and log on.
*Please note, to guarantee wine delivery, all ticket sales will need to be finalised by Monday 31 August.
It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.
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