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Bloggers Wine Tasting with La Casa de las Vides

On October 29th, 2008 I attended a tasting of several of the wines from La Casa de las Vides winery from Valencia, Spain.  This tasting occurred at Melissa’s Bistro in the town of Stoneham, MA.  That is actually my hometown, that is, the town where I grew up.  It’s funny how some things in the square have changed, while other landmarks are still hanging in there.

This tasting was a special event for local bloggers and was also broadcast via web-cam on the Twitter Taste Live site by Craig Drollett, who was in attendance as well.  On hand from La Casa de las Vides was Export Director Emilio Saez van Eerd, who generously provided us with some appetizers from Melissa’s.  The winery currently sells only in the Valencia DO in Spain; they are looking for importers/distributors for their wines in the U.S.  Though only in their 4th vintage of independent wine production, they have been a vine nursery and supplier for 50 years.  Winemaker Ana Martin Orzain, who is a well-known wine consultant in Spain, is involved with the production of the wines.

4 wines were tasted at the event.  The first was a white wine called Vallblanca made with Verdil, a grape indigenous to eastern Spain, and Viura, known elsewhere in Spain as Macebeo, with Gewurztraminer added for exotic interest.  I found this a really fine and refreshing white wine which should do very well here in the U.S. at its modest price point.  The next was a rosé wine called Rosa Rosae which was an unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha (Grenache).  It had a nose of strawberries, was dry, and was a fine, if somewhat standard, rosé.  The 3rd wine tasted was a red called CUP and was a blend of Tempranillo and Syrah.  It was quite good with a heady nose of spices and pepper.  The 4th wine was a red called ACULIUS and was a blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, and Monastrell (Mourvedre).  This was my favorite as harmoniously blended elements of oak used in aging with fruit and aromatic elements of the fruit for a balanced and intense result.  Bravo.

There was some discussion about wine bottles and labels that could possibly appeal the most to U.S. tastes.  The following are some photos.  I seem to have not gotten any pics of Jenny Meacham from Baystate Wine Co., but all others included (and except me, the photographer).  I wish Emilio Saez van Eerd much success in his efforts to distribute these fine wines in the U.S.

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November 1, 2008 - Posted by | Wine | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Looks like a fun old night! How were the Spanish wines?

    Comment by Vino Vangelist | November 11, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hello! Thanks for your comment. They were fine! My tasting notes are pretty much as described in paragraph 3 up there. The consensus was that the first wine, the white called Vallblanca, would probably do the best here in the U.S. commercially.

    Comment by bloviatrix | November 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hi Sharon, I hope soon we will be able to inform you who will be our distributor in your area! It was fun doing the tasting with you in Boston. Soon we will introduce a fifth wine, you haven’t tried (yet ;-)) It will be a young red, no oak, made of the varieties, syrah, petit verdot, monastrell and garnacha tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet). We are going to introduce the new wine labels soon as well. The Boston tasting for me was very informative, and I am glad you gave me a lot of useful feedback. thanks for the post!

    Comment by Emilio Saez van Eerd | December 21, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hello Emilio,
    Thanks for your comment. It sounds like you’re brewing up something like a Rhone blend now! I love Rhone blends. Definitely let us know when the wines from La Casa de las Vides are available here in the U.S.!
    Happy Holidays!
    Sharon

    Comment by bloviatrix | December 21, 2008 | Reply


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