An Education on Spanish Wine

Nicole Andrus, expert Spanish wine educator will be in store this week to educate us in one of our favorite regions Spain! Raised in the Napa Valley of California where her parents founded Pine Ridge Winery in 1978 and Archery Summit Winery in Oregon in 1994, Nicole has done everything from pitch-forking grape stems and performing lab analyses to assisting her parents with sales and marketing in domestic and foreign markets. Due to her interest in the scientific arena, she obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Molecular Plant Systematics, where she studied a plant genus endemic to the Galapagos Islands. While she both enjoyed and excelled in her chosen field of Botany, after time she yearned to return to her roots in the wine industry and to live overseas.

In 2002 Nicole accepted a position in the research and development department at Bodegas Miguel Torres in Spain, combining her scientific background with her long time affinity for wine. She worked at Torres for two and a half years, and then served as an independent wine consultant for various Spanish wineries interested in exporting their wine to the US market. In 2005 she joined Michael Mondavi’s Folio Fine Wine Partners as the company’s Spanish Imports Specialist, where she divided her time between liaising with producers, hosting groups in Spain and travelling in the U.S. to educate American customers on Spanish wines.

Spain has the biggest vineyard surface in the world. Contrary to the stereotype, Spain has an extremely varied climate and you will find lots of smaller ´micro-climates´across the country, each perfect for growing different kinds of grapes. This means that Spain has a huge variety of distinct and different beautiful vineyard landscapes to explore. Each wine region in Spain has something different to offer: winery architecture and design, vineyard patterns, the colours and scents of the different soils and terroirs, the local food produce to accompany the wine, and of course, the wine itself.

Fillaboa Albarino 2015 :: Reg $24 Sale $21

In a region where most wineries purchase grapes, Bodegas Fillaboa stands out with its exclusive use of estate-grown fruit, ensuring optimal quality and consistency for its highly regarded 100% Albariño wines: Fillaboa Albariño and Selección Finca Monte Alto, one of the only single-vineyard estate wines produced in the D.O. Rías Baixas. The Bodegas Fillaboa property is home to an impressive art collection, a beautiful tasting facility modeled after a typical Galician castle, and a state-of-the-art winery.This wine is intense, yet elegant, with notes of green apple, white pear, mango, citrus and pineapple. This wine is rich in flavor with a balanced acidity. Fresh and fruity from its entrance on the palate through to the finish, this wine will pair well with any kind of Asian food, creamy sauces and fish-based dishes.

Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2014 :: Reg $20 Sale $18

Named after a hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountain in eastern Rioja, La Montesa is a blend of the indigenous grape varieties that grow on the Palacios Remondo estate. Described by winemaker Alvaro Palacios as being ‘clear ruby-to-cherry red in color, with flecks of gold and silver’, it is a cheerful wine, with an indescribable vitality. Full of Mediterranean orchard fruit aromas including nectarines, pomegranates and oranges, the palate ‘contains vibrant and rich flavors of stone fruits, discrete spice and a vibrant chalky minerality’. Perfect when enjoyed by-the-glass on its own, La Montesa’s multi-faceted flavor profile will pair well with any kind of cuisine.

Tinto Pesquera Crianza 2014 :: Reg $39 Sale $35

Pesquera Crianza is a classic red wine from the D.O Ribera del Duero region and is produced by Tinto Pesquera, a winery that belongs he Pesquera group. The area is home to a mediterranean climate with continental influences, characterised by dry summers and long harsh winters. The temperatures vary noticeably from season to season. This wine is made using only Tempranillo (100%) grapes than are grown on vineyards which span over 200 hectares on soils composed of sands, gravels and contain limestone and clay. As for production, after passing a selection table, the grapes are destemmed. They then undergo a traditional vinification process. Maceration takes place with the skins still on, followed by fermentation at a controlled temperature with lasts for 2 to 3 weeks. Finally, Pesquera Crianza ages for 18 months in French and American oak barrels, followed by 6 months in the bottle.

Vall Llach Porrera 2013 :: Reg $68 Sale $60

Their village wine, the 2013 Porrera, also packs a bang with its routinely 15.5% alcohol and low acidity. It’s mostly Cariñena with 28% Garnacha from old slope vineyards on slate soils. The wine fermented in a mixture of oak barriques and stainless steel, and the Cariñena matured in brand new French barriques while the Garnacha was kept in larger, 1,500-liter oak foudres and terracotta amphora for some 14 months. It’s quite ripe, and slightly spirity, with aromas of macerated bark, fruit and plenty of spicy oak, but with some distant violets and something that reminded me of the aromatic profile of Touriga Nacional. The palate shows a lot more of the effect of the oaking, with abundant, dusty and slightly drying tannins, but there is nice fruit and good freshness underneath. This has a defined profile, so it’s aimed for people who like very ripe and powerful reds and are tolerant to oak. It will improve with time in bottle. A tribute to a village, its townspeople and its indigenous old-vines, the Porrera Vi de Vila is a blend of 80% old-vine Carinena and 20% old-vine Garnacha. Black currant, balsamic, fresh almond and forest herb aromas lead to fleshy, tasty and expressive flavors with silky tannins and an interminable finish.


::Saturday Tasting::

Cousins Ian and Nick Lee had an idea to create a gin that would fit into classic cocktail recipes exactly as originally written, and Lee Spirits was born. Our Prohibition forefathers had an outlaw spirit, and so do we. We’re challenging the spirits industry and breaking the modern rules of gin and cocktail creation. We’re passionate about sharing our love of artisan gin and handcrafted cocktails with you, whoever you are.

We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS! 



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