While I’m not back in full swing to my prestigious job of Wine Ambassador that does allow me to partake of wine tastings while I wait. So much so that this last weekend (and by that I mean Friday and Saturday) I was able to attend THREE tastings.
Two of them were topical tastings, (no we didn’t smear the wine over our bodies – although??), they were specific interests. The first on Friday focused on more newly released wines, a nice selection and tried most of them; a couple even caught my interest. The double-header on Saturday started with an all Organic wine tasting. I have to think (not really – I like to just veg), that staging all organic wine tastings could be a little easier these days. Although at this particular tasting I felt that they were highlighting some of the wineries that have been advertised being organic for a while. I say that because if you follow the wineries these days, more and more and opting for Sustainability, Organic and some even Bio-Dynamic. 10 or 15 years ago you might not want to look at organic wines as they tended to have, let’s say, a not so great reputation, to the extent that wineries that were organic didn’t necessarily make that very well known.
That has all changed and wineries now are embracing these sustainable farming methods with more and more fervor. So along with some of the old guard organic wineries, they did have some that are a little more recent additions to the fold. It was at this tasting that I ran into a wine that I have eyeballed for some time. Passing it on many occasions on the wine racks and shelves of a number of shops, always thinking “Is this the day I spring for this wine?” Well, Saturday was the day, but mostly due to the fact that the wine was part of the selections for the tasting. How lucky could I get? Even better was that I could have tried the wine without actually purchasing it. But my prior research, and ultimately the wine itself, led me to stretch out my hand and grab a bottle; relieved, nay joyous, that I had finally made up my mind.
So you have to be wondering what the wine was. Please say that that’s what you’re thinking or all this is for naught.
This is a mouthful:
R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia S. A. Vina Tondonia Reserva 2006
The wine has a long and exceptional history of producing some outstanding wine. This particular vintage scored 95 Points from Luis Gutiérrez of Wine Advocate. I’ve been following his reviews for some time now; Spain is one of his covered areas along with Argentina, Chile, and Jura. It seems as though we like the same style of wines. Look for a “Wine of the Week” review of this wine in the near future!
Onto the next and last tasting for the weekend. This was one of this particular wine shop’s Annual Spring Tasting and Sale. They have one in the Fall as well if memory serves me. Since it was my second tasting of the day I knew I would have to be more selective of the wines I tried since there were about 100 wines! The place was in full swing when I got there; glad they have the room to pull this off given all the tasters that were there.
Tasting sheet in hand I chose my intended targets and set out to tackle the tasting! Nothing earth-shattering although I did run into a few folks that I see at tastings and stopped to compare notes. A couple of the wine reps were folks I know as well and, when possible, I tried to say hi and talk about their wine. That’s hard to do when there are so many people waiting to taste. Reluctantly, I dropped off my glass and headed for the door. My wine tasting weekend coming to an end. A quick stop for groceries, dropping off some watched DVD’s (if you must know – Aquaman and a new Predator) lastly an easy fixin’ chicken dinner (no further wine with dinner as that would have put me over the top).
Next week I’m not going to be as lucky as I’m back to being “Wine Ambassador.” Tastings on both Saturday and Sunday for the public and then on Monday I travel to attend an Industry tasting.
Maybe if I don’t drink anything between now and then it’ll be okay? Yeah, like that’s really going to happen!