Join us as we taste our way around the fantastic Iberian peninsula discovering the diversity of unique indigenous grape varieties that both Spain and Portugal have to offer. As regions such as Rioja and Cava often steal the limelight, many other wonderful areas are often over-looked by UK consumers. These regions in the North includeRias Baixas for the fruit-driven Albarino variety, Rueda for aromatic Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc, Toro and Navarra for fleshy and alcoholic reds (and rosés) and the most promising Ribera del Duero for wonderful Tempranillo. Elsewhere we will discover Valencia, Montsant, La Mancha and Alicante for up and coming wines whilst looking at the famous Priorat district for structured wines for maturation (this one the Spanish try to keep for themselves!)
In addition there will be a session on the wonderful wines of Sherry matched perfectly with Tapas. Whilst the final session will focus on the wines from Portugalincluding Port, Vinho Verde, Dao, Douro and Soutern Portugal.
Course Programme (all Tuesdays):
15th Sept - Sess 1 - North-East, East & Central Spain - big wine to look forward to Priorat & juicy Albarino
22nd Sept - Sess 2 - North Spain - big wine to look forward to - Ribera del Duero & Rioja Gran Reserva
29th Sept - Sess 3 - Sherry & Tapas Tasting (South Spain) - fantastic food & wine matching - big wine to look forward to a very old Palo Cortado
6th Oct - Sess 4 - Portugal - big wine to look forward to - Vintage Port with Stilton
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