Discovery Tasting: Rías Baixas

15 June, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm BST

Rías Baixas up in Spain’s north western corner has established itself a reputation for quality white wines that are now a favourite on top restaurant wine lists nationwide.

This discovery tasting has been designed exclusively for members of The Sommelier Collective and will introduce you to the winemakers and seven wines, of different wine making styles and three sub regions, that have helped propel Rías Baixas Albariño into the spotlight.

The Wines

NOTE: A full bottle (75cl) of each will be provided

  1. Albariño de Fefiñanes (Val do Salnés)
  2. Bagoas Ledas (Val do Salnés)
  3. Davila (Rosal)
  4. Abadía de San Campio (Rosal)
  5. Don Pedro do Soutomaior (Condado do Tea)
  6. Pazo Pondal (Condado do Tea)
  7. Pineiral Condado Blanco (Condado do Tea)

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This webinar and tasting takes place at the same time as Discovery Tasting: Tua Rita – please apply for either session, not both.

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POLITE NOTICE TO ALL

We understand you have work commitments and may, at the very last minute, not be able to join the webinar. Please do try to let us know in advance because the winemakers will be expecting you.

Tasting kits are very popular. We give priority to new members and those who have not yet received one of these fabulous FREE tasting kits. Every member is eligible to apply for a tasting kit, and there are hundreds of you now – so please do not be disappointed if you don’t get a set of wines on this occasion. We have plenty more tastings planned and we will ensure everyone gets their fair share (we have a lovely excel spreadsheet keeping track of all requests – so you won’t be overlooked!).

Top Five from my Cellar: Stuart Skea

Welcome to the second in our new series of articles where we invite our members to pick five of their favourite wines from their cellar and tell us why they love ’em – for whatever reason.

This week, Stuart Skea trawls through his bottles at Fhior in Edinburgh.

Le Soula Rouge 2008, Cotes Catalanes, Roussillon

£25.95 ex VAT Raeburn Fine Wines, Berry Bros & Rudd  (current vintage 2009)

1An ever present on the Fhior list since opening – both BTG and Bottle, this is a great seller that delivers serious complexity and maturity at an accessible price. Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the Fenouillèdes, on decomposed schists and granite between 440-600m above sea level this is wonderfully earthy and savoury with dense black fruit but a remarkable freshness and minerality.

Mountain wine. Proper wine…

Rafael Palacios, Louro do Bolo, Valdeorras 2017

£13.88 ex VAT, WoodWinters

2A wine that really overdelivers, with weight, texture, richness and complexity yet with an unmistakeable Galician signature. Rafael Palacios farms a variety of small plots -“sortes” in the Bibei valley in Valdeorras, Galicia. Working with native grapes, chiefly Godello, these are high altitude, terraced vineyards on decomposed granite.

This is a wine that is remarkably versatile and food friendly and satisfies those looking for a glass of white Burgundy or something a little different equally well.

JP Brun Domaine des Terres Dorées Le Ronsay, Beaujolais, France 2018

£6.79 ex VAT, Justerini & Brooks

3Vinified like Pinot Noir rather than using the sadly ubiquitous carbonic maceration, this is outrageous value, delivering a lot of wine for the money. It is all you want from Beaujolais, and more – juicy and quaffable with lovely raspberry fruit.

It’s a perfect lunchtime quaffer but also seriously complex and elegant. It’s properly farmed and made.

The Eyrie Vineyards, Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Oregon, USA 2015

£18 ex VAT, Justerini & Brooks

4Softly-spoken and gentle, this graceful, ethereal Pinot harkens back to a lost world of Burgundy rather than brash new world fruit. David Lett pioneered vineyard plantings in the Willamette valley in the 1960’s with marijuana barons as his neighbours for many years before today’s explosion of vineyards. Son Jason continues the exemplary,  sensitive approach in the winery and vineyards.

I have to admit that we don’t sell a huge amount of this haunting wine, but goddamn it, I love it – and those guests that try it enjoy a transcendental, spiritual experience. Sublime…

Bodegas Fulcro, Finca a Pedreira, Rias Baixas, Spain 2019 

£15.75 ex VAT, Element Wines

5A hot seller for us BTG and bottle this is an exemplary Albarino. From a 1ha plot of old vines in the Salnes valley on poor granite soils this is direct and pithy with a lovely saline character and beautiful texture on the palate from just a touch of barrel-fermented fruit and extended lees ageing.

I will retire before I sell Kiwi SB and this is a more than satisfying alternative. Tension, tension, tension…