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Winter Olympic Tasting


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Our next wine tasting focuses on an eclectic selection of wines principally from Portugal and France, with a wind assist from Spain.

The tasting list is loosely based on a private fine wine dinner we conducted recently. The tasting experience was so interesting that we wanted to share it with a larger group!

We will taste through 12-13 high quality items that capture the sense of cold weather ending and spring around the corner. Starting with a fine Champagne method sparkling wine from Douro, we continue with white, rosé, red, and sweet wines. Five different styles of wine in total -- a suitable homage to the Olympic games!

Along the way we will give meaningful attention to two new producers we are importing from the Douro region of Portugal: Quinta das Carvalhas, one of the great ancient iconic Douro vineyards, and Quinta do Pôpa, a trendier, more youthful label. Both properties produce elegant and refined wines from excellent sites overlooking the Douro river.

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Winter Olympic Tasting

When: February 25, 2018 (Saturday) 3 – 6 pm

Where: Nishi-azabu Bridgehouse (near Hiroo station)

Price: ¥4,000

Places: 20

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Wine List

Sparkling

- Real Companhia Velha Espumante Bruto 2013

- A special 3000-bottle cuvée of fine Champagne method Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this iconic Douro producer

White

- Quinta do Pôpa - Pôpa DOC Douro Branco 2016 (Portugal / Douro)

- a refreshing white from indigenous Douro grapes, blended together with white grapes from very old vines

- Beira Aral - 'Aravo' 2013 (Spain / Rias Baixas)

- Artisanal Albarino handcrafted from a single parcel in the hills just near the Portuguese border

- Bodegas Albamar - Alma de Mar 2014 (Spain / Rias Baixas)

- A tiny cuvée (1500 bottles) of mineral Albarino from a single micro-parcel just steps from the Atlantic Ocean

Rosé

- Château Fabre-Gasparets - 'Rosine' 2015 (France / Corbières) [organic]

- A fine gastronomic Cinsault-driven blend finished in barrel and appropriate for all seasons

Red

- Famille Fabre - 'L'Équilibre' 2014 (France / Corbières) [organic - unsulphured]

- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon natural wine - all freshness and elegance on the palate

- Famille Fabre - 'Lux de Luc' 2014 (France / Corbières) [organic - unsulphured]

- First release of this natural wine cuvée from low yielding Grenache vines - only 3000 bottles made

- Dominio Basconcillos - 12 meses 'ecologico' 2010 (Spain / Ribera del Duero) [organic]

- a fine organic Tempranillo from a high altitude location aged for 12 months in barrel

- Quinta das Carvalhas - Touriga Nacional 2014 (Portugal / Douro)

- Fine single variety Touriga Nacional selected for Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2017 (90 pts)

- Quinta do Pôpa - Pôpa 'Black Edition' Tinto 2014 (Portugal / Douro)

- a fine and complex red from indigenous grapes, blended together with grapes of great character from very old vines

- Quinta do Pôpa - Pôpa 'TR' Tinta Roriz 2012 (Portugal / Douro)

- an unusual high quality Tinta Roriz single-variety wine, made with the original foot treading method in traditional lagares

- Real Companhia Velha - Tinta Francisca da Quinta das Carvalhas 2013 (Portugal / Douro)

- A very rare and subtle varietal wine from the Tinta Francisca variety, only 3000 bottles made

- Bodegas y Viñedos Alto Sotillo - Rubiejo 'Evolución' 2011 (Spain / Ribera del Duero)

- a classic traditional style Tempranillo from a rising star in the Ribera del Duero region

Port

- Quevedo Port Wines - Colheita 1996 Port (Portugal / Douro)

- a complex and elegant Tawny Port in Quevedo's drier, modern house style - aged for decades for your drinking pleasure!

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