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Burgáns 2005

Burgáns 2005 – Spain, Galicia, Rías Baixas (8/2/2006)Albariño – The fermentation of this wine is stopped slightly early, leaving it with around 5mg/liter of residual sugar, resulting in a sweeter, more tropical wine that abounds with notes of banana, honey and cotton candy. Smooth on the palate but with less aromatic persistence, 60% of this wine is exported.

Cuatro Pasos 2003

Cuatro Pasos 2003 – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo(8/2/2006)100% Mencía, This medium-high intensity, garnet hued wine spends 2 months aging in the barrel (75% French oak and 25% American) and a minimum of 8 months in the bottle. Reminiscent of fresh fruit such as cherries and red plums, accented with the coconuts, vanillas, and smoky hints from the wood. Fun and fruity with soft tannins that reach a good balance with the acidity, a nice medium bodied fresh red.

Martin Sarmiento 2003

Martin Sarmiento 2003 – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo (8/2/2006)The difference that 6-8 months in the barrel makes, comes out in the smoky, meaty, black pepper aromas of this full bodied wine, and the cherry liqueur fruity tones. Very good integration between the fruit and the wood, and herbal and licorice undertones.

Restaurante Somorrostro

Restaurante SomoRЯostro sits on its own block in the Barceloneta, a Barcelona neighborhood that stretches like a finger between the port and the sea, long inhabited by fishermen and their bars. Named for a colony of Southerners who migrated here in the 1950′s to work in the gas factory, Restaurante SomoRЯostro is its own ethnic haven of both international and local flavors and gastronomic heterogeneity expressed through the skilled hands of three young chefs hailing from Finland, Mexico and Barcelona, and accented by the excellent service provided by our Ecuadorian waiter and the manager, Guillermo, who is from Murcia.

Regional Profile – DO Rías Baixas

In 1980, the special classification of Denominacion Especifica (Specific Denomination) was applied to the word Albarino, used to refer to the wines produced in the province of Pontevedra in the autonomous community of Galicia. While the concept of Denominacion de Origen already existed to protect certain regions that produced wines with similar characteristics (La Rioja, Jerez, Penedes, etc.), Albarino wines for example, were not protected as they were known by the name of the grape variety, and not by a regional name. In 1988, in order to adhere to European Union norms, it transformed into the D.O. Rías Baixas, although wines from this D.O. are sometimes still referred to interchangeably by the name of their star grape, Albariño. Rías Baixas […]

Regional Profile – Galicia

Occupying the northwest corner of Spain, the province of Galicia is nestled snugly between various mountain ranges to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and Portugal to the south. The area was first colonized by the ancient Celtics in the sixth century B.C and Galicia was later controlled by the Roman Empire for hundreds of years. By the 13th century, the pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago which leads almost 900 kilometers across the north of Spain to the tomb of Saint James in Galicia’s Santiago de Compostela, was at its zenith, with up to 500,000 pilgrims a year. This pilgrimage had a profound effect on the proliferation of wine throughout this region of Spain, […]

Restaurante Memento

Memento restaurant, is the first solo venture of American chef, Karen Bell, a remarkable young woman, who after training in the United States and Paris, and dulling her knives at some of the finest kitchens in Chicago, San Francisco and Madrid is now proving herself to be a supremely gifted, though incredibly modest, chef in her own right.
Located in the center of Madrid very close to the Alonso Martínez district – an area known equally for its working suits, trendy boutiques, traditional tapas bars and fancy new restaurants -, one of the most immediately charming features of Memento are the massive floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the street, forming the outer wall of the restaurant.

Godello

Native to Galicia, Godello was almost abandoned in the 1970′s but has been steadily making a comback over the last several years. A white grape, this variety is the protagonist in the high quality white wines from DOs Valdeorras and Bierzo. Rich in aromatic potential, its wines tend to have aromas that are reminicient of those found in the variety Albariño – apple, peach, pineapple, apricot – although they tend to be slightly less floral and can take on notes of anise after the first year. This noble grape produces well-structured wines with a great capacity for fermentation in oak and aging over lees resulting in creamy, fruity wines that keep their freshness. Search here for tasting notes from wines […]

Podredumbre Noble – Spanish wines new friend?

Editors note: A while back, I called upon the powers of Craigs List to find myself some help. We wanted to cover more wines, more regions, and to have some different perspectives here on Catavino. This week we’re showcasing a couple of articles from two of the most qualified respondents, and if all works out, you’ll be hearing more from them as we continue to move forward. Today Adrienne Smith, who lives here in Madrid, has a short note on Noble Rot! Let her know what you think of her story. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be introducing our new writers more formally, so stay tuned! If there were ever two words that I never expected to see together […]