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Spanish Wine Tasting Weekend-Jan. 10-11

Stop by this Friday, Jan. 10 from 4:30-6:30 or Saturday Jan. 11, from 2-6PM.

The abundance of native grape varieties fostered an early start to viticulture with evidence of grape pips dating back to the Tertiary period. Archaeologists believe that these grapes were first cultivated sometime between 4000 and 3000 BC, long before the wine-growing culture of the Phoenicians founded the trading post of Cádiz around 1100 BC. Following the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians introduced new advances to the region-including the teachings of the early viticulturist Mago. Carthage would wage a series of wars with the emerging Roman Republic that would lead to the Roman conquest of the Spanish mainland, known as Hispania.

During Roman rule, Spanish wine was widely exported and traded throughout the Roman empire. Following the decline of the Roman Empire, Spain was invaded by various barbaric tribes-including the Suebi and the Visigoths. Little is known about progress of viticulture and winemaking during this period but there is evidence that some viable form of wine industry was present when the Moors conquered the land during the early 8th century AD. While the Moors were Muslim and subjected to Islamic dietary laws that forbid the use of alcohol, the Moorish rulers held an ambiguous stance on wine and winemaking during their rule. Several caliphs and emirs owned vineyards and drank wine. While there were laws written that outlawed the sale of wine, it was included on lists of items that were subject to taxation in Moorish territories.

Spain has a relatively large number of distinct wine producing regions, more than half having the classification Denominación de Origen (DO) with the majority of the remainder classified as Vinos de la Tierra (VdlT). There are two regions nominated as Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa); Rioja and Priorat, the flagship regions of Spanish winemaking. While most make both red and white wine, some wine regions are more dominated by one style than the other

We will be trying a group of wines from all around the country of Spain this weekend. Here is the line up:

    Campo Viejo
    Can Blau
    Casa Jus
    Vina Zach
    Amestoi Getariako Txakolina

    Break the cabin fever and come with a friend for an enjoyable tasting!