Every month one of Asheville’s best wine bars, Sante, spoils our community with a flight night aimed at educating guests on a specific wine region of the world. These sit down tastings are fun and educational and the perfect opportunity to expand your wine education all while having a wonderful time with friends!! January’s flight night is happening this Thursday at Sante Wine Bar and Taproom and will feature wines from Spain! Below is specific information from Sante about the event… be sure to make a reservation as seats fill up fast! Reservations can be made by calling 828-245-8188.
Our January Flight Night is planned for Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 PM
. The cost of the flight is $16.00 (excluding tax and gratuity). We welcome back our friend Richard McKinney with Tryon Distributing. We already have reservations booked for a number of folks so be sure to get your RSVP in as soon as possible to insure you have a seat for this one! Richard will educate and entertain us as he guides us through the flight which we have named “Vinos Españoles: Wines of Spain“. This month we feature four amazing wines from distinct appellations (DOs) throughout Spain representing the best of the most widely planted and third largest wine producing country in the world. Here are the wines featured during this month’s flight night:
Telmo Rodriguez Basa 2015 – Rueda, Spain – Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. Perhaps most impressive, while Telmo Rodriguez makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer. This refreshing blend of the native varieties Verdejo and Viura from Rueda has year after year been named one of Spain’s and the world’s great white wine values. The intense floral aromatics, freshness and wonderful texture are the result of the high elevation plantings in lime and gravel soils, with good drainage, that give rise to some of the best quality white wine grapes in Spain. The wine derives its name from red counterpart Baso, itself named after the country’s ancient ‘baso’ (gobelet)-shaped bushvines. The fruit for Basa is sourced from different areas of the Rueda DO, from suppliers who practice sustainable farming. Training is a mixture of bush vine and cordon, and the soils are a combination of gravel and limestone. Basa is fermented entirely in stainless steel, and bottled in January following the harvest. The 2015 blend is 90% Verdejo, 10% Viura, giving it a more important focus on the native Verdejo than in the past, and doing away with Sauvignon Blanc. As always, it is a fantastically refreshing yet serious bottle of wine, with a range of aromas and flavors from stony mineral notes to citrus to tropical fruit. A great match for Spanish omelettes or pan-seared white fish. 7 / 24
Muga Blanca 2015 – Rioja, Spain – The Muga wine cellars were founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez who originated from a family with strong ties to the winemaking industry. On the death of the founder in 1969, his children Manuel, Isabel and Isaac Muga Caño took over the reins. Two years later in 1971, they moved their headquarters to their present location in the traditional Station District on the outskirts of Haro. Bodegas Muga has continued to grow as the years have passed but it has never lost the spirit or aptitude of a family-run company. The winery controls every step of the viticultural and vinification process from the vineyards to making their own barrels and fermenting and aging the wine entirely in oak. Muga is one of only six estates in the world that owns its own cooperage and they import the oak directly from the United States and France. Bodegas Muga is one of the oldest, most elegant and traditional Rioja producers. After macerating for about 8 hours in the press, this white wine ferments in new French-oak casks. After fermentation is complete it then rests on the lees for 3 months before bottling. Greenish, straw yellow colour, bright and clear. On the nose the acid fruits, mainly citrus and green apple, “sweetened” by pastry aromas from the fine lees and spices from the Nevers oak. On the palate, the attack is at the same time mineral and silky, underpinned by stimulating malic acid nuances. In retro-olfaction some of the citrus aromas are maintained, along with the appearance of pineapple and finishing with soft nuances of heathy scrub land and vanilla. This wine is 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia. The 2015 vintage earned 90 points from Wine Advocate. 9 / 34
Avancia Cuvee De O Mencia 2014 – Valdeorras, Spain – Another excellent value is the 2014 Cuvee de O Mencia. This is aged in French oak on its lees for six months and then bottled early to preserve its freshness. Production is tiny, about four-fifths of a ton of fruit per acre. It is deep ruby/purple with plenty of forest floor, spring flowers, mulberry, licorice and raspberry and somewhat reminiscent of a ripe vintage for Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley. This elegant, medium-bodied, beautifully pure wine should drink well for 4-5 years, possibly a lot longer. This excellent winery hit all the high notes with the value portfolio of importer Jorge Ordoñez. Founded in 2007, this is a project of Ordoñez and he has consistently nailed these wines in the last few years. Two indigenous grapes are the backbone of the winery: the white grape Godello and the red grape Mencia. The winery has 60 acres of vineyards and is moving toward organic viticulture. The winemaker is Nacho Alvarez, one of the up-and-coming, young winemakers in all of Spain. The wine is 100% Mencia. The grapes used for Cuvee de O Mencia come from vineyards that were planted between 1970 and 1989. These vineyards are planted in Mones, Seixo, Larouco, Lentellais, Arnada, O Barco and Rubiana, most of which are north facing. This orientation allows the grapes to ripen at a much slower rate, which leads to better preservation of the aromas. The vines are grown in the vaso system without herbicides and are at an elevation of 415-630 meters above sea level. The vines are heavily pruned during the winter months to ensure longevity and better grape quality. The average yield in Valdeorras is about 14,000 kg/ Ha, while their vineyards produce about 5,000 kg/ Ha. All the grapes are picked by hand and placed in small baskets to protect the fruit. Fermentation starts in 6,000 liter open vats, and the malolactic fermentation and aging continues in French oak barrels where it is aged on the lees for six months. The 2014 vintage was awarded 89 points by Wine Advocate. 9 / 34
Bodegas Teso La Monja Romanico Toro 2014 – Toro, Spain – The Toro Denominación de Origen has been producing bold wines with structure and body since the 12th century. Today, the region produces many great values. The Romanico delivers the characteristic Toro boldness combined with a lovely elegance of fruit and excellent balance. It is aged six months in new French oak. All of these components make this Tempranillo a terrific match with beef, lamb chops, game and roasted poultry. To start, the Romanico will go spectacularly with a selection of meaty tapas dishes. Pick your favorites! Braised short ribs with black pepper spaetzle would be perfect with the earthy character of this wine. Simply grilled rib lamb chops with Stilton mashed potatoes are another great choice, as is a robust, meaty paella. Catch your breaths after all of that delicious food, and open another bottle with a Spanish Mahon cow’s milk cheese. It is tangy, intense and will be just the ticket to wrap up your meal. Saturated ruby, vibrant raspberry and candied cherry on the nose, with strong oak-spiciness and a kiss of smoky mocha. Rich but vibrant, offering intense red berry flavors and a floral quality on the clinging finish. 9 / 34
Of course, as always on Flight Night, we’ll feature a 5th surprise pour for FREE – your gift for attending. Additionally, we offer a special discount of 40% off the regular price for purchase of any mixed case of wine (Flight wines or anything on our Wall of Wine) to those attending Flight Night. We do need to know you’re coming, so please RSVP by email, phone, or facebook.
Amongst visiting many of Asheville’s top restaurants and chefs, we love swinging by Sante on our walking food tours to get a glimpse of the Asheville wine scene from their knowledgable staff! So if you can’t make it to the flight night don’t worry! There is still plenty of time to visit and learn about this exciting wine bar and tap room on several of the tours we offer!