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DC -- La Vuelta a Espana Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Sat, August 19, 2017, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
The race will be the 72nd edition of the Vuelta a España and will be the final Grand Tour of the 2017 cycling season. The race is scheduled start in Nîmes, France and finish in Madrid. It will be the first time the race has started in France and only the third time it has started outside of Spain.
Stages 4-6: We will taste wines from the regions the cyclists pass through: Montsant, Priorat, and Valencia.
Located in the center of Spain’s east coast is Valencia; the third largest city in Spain and the largest Mediterranean port. The people of Valencia have been making wine for a long time. So long in fact, historians have discovered ancient recordings of the wine making process in Valencia dating all the way back to the Neolithic period. Another factor that makes Valencia such a unique wine region is that it has extreme temperature swings. Wines in Spain have certain regulations on how they age but because of their very interesting weather circumstances Valencia gets their own set of rules when it comes to aging wine!
Another, very distinct wine region is Priorat. Here, they have a climate that is so dry that the land is only suitable to grow olives and grapes. It all started with the Carthusian monks, who were the very first to start tending the land. To this day tourists can actually visit the monastery ruins where the monks once made wine. Priorat is known for their world class wines which are primarily made with Grenache grapes, which have an intense and full-bodied feel to them.
What to Expect:
This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The 6 to 8 wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.