Gonzalez Byass Tasting & More

Anyone interested in the different styles of sherry and Spanish wines will not want to miss next Wednesday’s Gonzalez Byass tasting at the Harvest Vine from 6 to 8 pm.  Fifth generation family member, Felipe Gonzalez will lead us through four flights of wines from their portfolio for a total of twelve samples, each flight paired with a tapa specially prepared by The Harvest Vine.

Gonzalez Byass, established in 1835, celebrates its 175th anniversary of family ownership this year and is one of Spain’s most historic and important family owned wine producers.  Combining a balance of tradition with modern innovation, their portfolio of sherry, sparkling and still wines include Gonzalez Byass Sherries, iconic Tio Pepe Fino (which holds Spain’s first registered trademark), valued priced Altozano (Castilla-LaMancha), classical Beronia (Rioja), Finca Moncloa (Cadiz), Villarnau (Cava) wines and Vinas del Vero from the Somontano region of Northern Spain. Gonzalez Byass is committed to traditional styles of Spanish winemaking with sustainable production.

Perhaps best of all, the cost is only $25.00! The tasting line up includes samples of two very old sherries, including one of my favorites, the incredible Noe Pedro Ximenez.  Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to taste through an exceptional array of Spanish wines, guided by one of the owners of this historic firm.  Seats are limited and are booking quickly.   For reservations, call The Harvest Vine at 206.320.9771.

This is what we’ll be tasting:

Flight 1: – Sparklers and White

Vilarnau Brut Cava

Vilarnau Brut Vintage Reserve Cava

Vinas Del Vero Garnacha Blanca – Somontano

Flight 2: – Old vines/ New vines

Vinas del Vero Garnacha Tinto – Somontano

Vinas del Vero “Secastilla” Garnacha – Somontano

Finca Constancia Red Blend – Castilla-La Mancha

Flight 3: – Rioja

Beronia Crianza

Beronia Reserva

Beronia Gran Reserva

Flight 4: – Sherries

Tio Pepe – Fino

Del Duque – Rare Amontillado

Solera 1847 – Oloroso Dulce

Noe – Rare Old Pedro Ximenez


2008 Zaumau, Priorat ($17.99)  A blend of Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and Pedro Ximenez,  Zaumau is a white wine from the Priorat with aromas of flint and white flowers.  Very dry, it is round on the palate with notes of beeswax, subdued stone fruit flavors, nuts and a refreshing minerality.  This graceful white is unoaked which allows the pure expression of Priorat’s terrunyo.   This is excellent with the Catalan cheese Garroxta.

2008 Valera Monastrell, Bullas ($10.99) Rich, structured and bold, this wine has aromas of smoke, blackberries and exotic spices.  Wonderfully complex with notes of dust and olive, it finishes long and dry.

2008 Mas dels Frares Priorat ($17.99) Accessible and balanced with notes of graphite and mineral, Mas dels Frares is structured with a persistent red fruit finish.  “The 2008 Mas del Frares is an unoaked blend of 50% Carinena, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Garnacha. The nose gives up earth notes, mineral, lavender, and black cherry. Substantial on the palate with good density and ripe flavors, this friendly effort is a good introduction to the region and an outstanding value.”  89 points Wine Advocate

2005 Lopez Cristobal Crianza, Ribera del Duero ($29.99) Fresh, balanced and structured with notes of coconut, blackberry and minerals, the winemaker is a former bullfighter who used to sell his grapes to Pingus.   Lopez Cristobal Crianza was a New York Times’ favorite in the September 15, 2010 article “From Spain, Big Reds, Well Tuned”  where it is described as “sleek and balanced with plummy, floral aromas and flavors.”


1954 Barbeito Malvasia Reserva Velha, Madeira ($261.00) “The 1954 Barbeito Malvasia Reserva Velha reveals stunning balance between the elements of sweetness and acidity, both of which are integrated with notable balance. This dark-hued wine possesses gorgeous aromatics that lead to intriguing notes of worn-in leather, baking spices, toffee, roasted coffee beans and dark plums. This is an unctuous, full-bodied style of Madeira that is simply breathtaking. The wine’s haunting perfume lingers on the long, seductive finish.”  95 points Wine Advocate


Molcajetes:    We’ve been trying to bring these in for months and finally have them.   Made of stone, they grind anything to a pulp in just a few turns of the wrist.   I grind spices and make guacamole with mine.

More cazuelas, including a larger selection of the bright red color!

A new shipment of paella pans, burners, leg sets, and hoses just arrived.  This may be our last shipment before the holidays so if you’re thinking of gifting a paella set this year get it now while the full selection is available!


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