Discover a whole new world of winemaking in Spain. You’ll taste through a flight of wines that go beyond Rioja and the typical Tempranillo labels—showcasing some of the world’s most reputable wines, selections from cool-climate regions, vineyards with elevation, and thrilling grape combinations.
What you can expect:
One welcome wine.
Six tasting pours of Spanish wines from different regions.
Palate-cleansing bread and cheese.
One hour of instruction—including Q&A time—with a Cork & Fork wine instructor.
What you will learn:
The historical background of how Spanish came to have some of the world’s oldest vines.
How Spanish wines that express their sense of place.
The different grapes and styles from the main regions of Spain.
The flavor profiles of various Spanish wine styles.
What to look for when shopping for Spanish wine.
About the region: One of the things that makes Spanish wine special is that many Spanish wineries age the wine for you, in oak barrels and in the bottle. This means you get a chance to taste cellared wines that have aged to the point of tasting their best without investing in storage space at home. When you look at a Spanish wine and see the terms Joven, Crianza, Reserva, or Gran Reserva, they're telling you about how long the aging was: those Gran Reservas have been cellared the longest, and a bottle with 'Joven' on the label didn't spend nearly as much time resting at the winery. Because Spain is part of the European Union, the wine labeling system is pretty similar to those of France and Italy. The category you will most often see at your local shop is Denominación de Origen (DO), which is the equivalent of an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in France. Each individual DO (for example, Ribera del Duero or Rías Baixas) has its own rules for the wines, such as which grapes can be planted. If for some reason you can't find the DO on the bottle, the "logo" of the DO should be on a sticker on the back or on the capsule over the cork. Come learn more and taste great wines!