Adegas Galegas ‘D. Pedro de Soutomaior’ Albariño Rias Baixas 2016

Estate: Located in Meder, Rías Baixas, in coastal northwest Spain, Adegas Galegas was founded in 1995. The winery has been recognized since its start for a deep respect for nature, tradition and quality of its wines. The winery strives to “make the most distinguished white wines in Spain with Albariño”.

The wine is named in honour of Pedro Madruga, also known as Don Pedro de Soutomaior, who was a feudal knight of the 15th century and one of the heroes of Galician history. Credited with helping to establish Galicia as a prominent center of Spanish power, his victories are greatly attributed to his habit of rising early.

Winemaking: Grapes are sourced from estate vineyards in Meder and Goián, with schist, alluvial and granite soils. Fermented in stainless steel vats.

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with green highlights, with aromas of apple, pink grapefruit and white flowers. Bright acidity frames yellow apple with a squeeze of lemon and hint of floral. A streak of minerality splices through the crisp finish. Fresh and bright, a fantastic addition to the table.

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Perfect for Thanksgiving, the bracing minerality may well be the secret weapon that Albariño delivers to your table. It naturally works with many flavors. Fantastic with stuffing, turkey, and vegetables, try it with roasted acorn squash with pomegranate glaze [click here for recipe], or kale, apple and manchego salad!

100% Albariño
Rias Baixas
Spain
Produced and Bottled by Viñas e Adegas Galegas S.L.U.
13% Alcohol
$19 [average price]

Sample submitted for review purpose.

Senda Verde Mencía Bierzo 2015

Brand: Senda Verde is a brand of acclaimed importer Winesellers, LTD. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the family run company was awarded “2015 Importer of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Founded in 1978 by Yale Sager, Winesellers has over 3 decades of experience as a family importer of family wineries, from both well-known and unique wine regions around the globe.

Senda Verde brings together artisanal wines from unique regions in northern Spain that follow the 43°N parallel, from coastal Galicia eastward along the northern coastline. Lush and green, the region is known as “España Verde” [Green Spain].

Winemaking: Grapes are from mountainside vines 40+ years in age, with a mix of slate and granite soil. Hand harvested, malolactic fermentation follows 4 days of pre-maceration, racked several times to remove the lees.

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of red and black berries along with crushed stone minerality. Cherry, raspberry, blackberry, a streak of black cherry and peppery spice are framed by fresh acidity and silky tannins. Finishing clean and fruity. Lively and straightforward, this is fantastic on its own or with a wide variety of dishes. [It was great with barbeque kidney bean and bulgur veggie burger with cheddar mashed potatoes.]

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Excellent with roasted red meats, chicken, fowl and shellfish in tomato sauce.

100% Mencía
Bierzo DO
Spain
Bottled for MGH Wines Group S.L. by R.N.E. 8172LE00
13.5% Alcohol
$13 [average price]
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Sample submitted for review purpose.

Dionisos ‘La Bodega de las Estrellas’ Tempranillo 2015

Estate: Following over a decade of working with organic vines, 4th generation winemaker Dionisio de Nova García returned to his family vineyards in Castilla. He is a pioneering force in biodynamic and organic farming. His cosmic calendar and planetarium in the winery have earned the winery’s nickname “The Winery of the Stars”. For a deeper look into his star based farming, click here. The original cellar dating to the 19th century contains his renowned clay amphora, used for fermenting and ageing. Click here for details on the benefits and effects of clay in his winemaking.

Winemaking: Hand harvested grapes are fermented with wild yeasts, malolactic fermentation in clay amphorae with bâtonnage of its lees. Very low sulfites, unfiltered. Aged in old clay amphora.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of summer fresh berries. Loaded with fresh, sweet cherry, blackberry and raspberry, accented by pepper spice and earth hints. Good acidity keeps it refreshing, finishing clean and fruity. Fantastic on its own and super versatile at the table.

100% Tempranillo
Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Spain
Estate Bottled by Dionisos Biológica S.L.
13.5% Alcohol
$46 [3L box equivalent to 4 750ML bottles]
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Senda Verde: Two Contrasting Whites from España Verde

Brand: Senda Verde is a brand of acclaimed importer Winesellers, LTD. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the family run company was awarded “2015 Importer of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Founded in 1978 by Yale Sager, Winesellers has over 3 decades of experience as a family importer of family wineries, from both well-known and unique wine regions around the globe.

Senda Verde brings together artisanal wines from unique regions in northern Spain that follow the 43°N parallel, from coastal Galicia eastward along the northern coastline. Lush and green, the region is known as “España Verde” [Green Spain].

Senda Verde Treixadura Ribeiro DO 2015

Winemaking: Grapes are hand harvested from steep vineyards located on the banks of the Miño River in the Ribeiro region, which is the oldest appellation in Galicia, northwestern Spain. The average vine age is 25 years, the soil is a mix of slate and granite with alluvial stones. Grapes are pressed using only the “mosto yema” [free run juice]. After the final fermentation, the wine is racked again and aged on the fine lees for 3 months.

Tasting Notes: Deep gold in colour with aromas of tropical fruit, white flowers, herbs and tomato leaf. A refreshing fusion of citrus and savory herbaceous flavours, complimented by floral notes along with light apricot, mango and yellow apple accents. Enough acidity to be food friendly, bright citrus highlights the crisp, refreshing finish. Lovely sipping on its own, or with light dishes.

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Steamed fish or shellfish, spicy white meat dishes.

100% Treixadura
Ribeiro
Spain
Bottled for MGH Wines Group S.L. by R.E.N. 41943-OU
11.5% Alcohol
$13 [average price]
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Senda Verde Albariño Rias Baixas DO 2015

Winemaking: Grapes are hand harvested from vineyards in the Salnés Valley and the ORosal region, both within the Rías Baixas appellation on the southwest coast of Galicia. The soil is predominately granite, with some chalk and clay.

Tasting Notes: Bright gold in colour with aromas of lemon, minerals and traces of honey drizzled toast. Sweet melon, pear, honeysuckle and a hint of ginger are complimented by fresh acidity. Finishing dry and fruity with a streak of minerality, this is a sunny, fresh glass that will vanish right before your eyes.

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: The fresh acidity makes it a fine contrast to foods that are rich, salty, oily, fatty, or mildly spicy. It also pairs nicely with tart foods such as vinaigrettes, capers, leeks, and tomatoes. The wine is an excellent accompaniment to fish and shellfish.

[This paired wonderfully with roasted paprika and maple syrup delicata squash, buckwheat noodles, miso broth, and breaded, peppery tofu, all covered in spicy togarashi.]

100% Albariño
Rías Baixas
Spain
Bottled for MGH Wines Group S.L. Vigo, Galicia by R.E.N. 40957PO
12.5% Alcohol
$13 [average price]
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Rated 87 points by Wine Spectator

Samples submitted for review purpose.

Flaco Tempranillo 2015

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Winery: Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata founded Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico in 2002 with the goal of preserving and uniting the extensive winemaking heritage of their two families. Currently they produce wine from 18 different appellations within Spain.

Philosophy: To “handcraft “elaborar” wines that express the identity of the place where they come from”.

Winemaking: The grapes were sourced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards with clay soil. Aged in stainless steel and cement, preserving fruit purity.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, white pepper along with a floral trace. Cherry, plum, red currant, a hint of liqurice, and earth culminate in a super spicy, dry finish. Simple and pleasant, versatile at the table, consistently a fantastic value.

100% Tempranillo
Vinos de Madrid
Spain
Bottled by Bottled by N.R.E. 28/40.527 for Cia de Vinos del Atlantico
13.5% Alcohol
$8
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