Wines from the Desert of the Bardenas Reales of Navarra A Virtual Wine Tasting Presented by Andrew Switzer When: This Friday, September 25, 6 pm Cost: $43 (plus tax) includes three liter bottles listed below and your spot for the class. How: rsvp via this email and we’ll send you class link. What: Stop in to purchase the 3 wines today!
The Azul y Garanza vineyards begin in the lunar landscaped Bardenas Reales Natural Park. Founders Dani Sánchez, María Barrena and Fernando Barrena work with “landscapes” – not merely vineyards - with each of their plots enjoying as much biological diversity as this harsh climate will allow. The surrounding plants, shrubs, trees, and animal/insect life play as much a part to the success of the grapes as the vines themselves. Winemaking is quite natural – the widespread, almost exclusive use of concrete vats, natural yeasts and gentle hands.
Dani and María are passionate about organic farming and have additionally invested in farming their vineyards 100% organically, without the use of pesticides, insecticides, or chemical fertilizers that wear out the soil.
Azul y Garanza Viura, 2019 While the Azul y Garanza organic vineyard is mostly planted to red varietals, there are a few hectares of Viura, the Spanish white varietal grown most widely in Rioja and also known as Macabeo in Penedes, where it is one of the three grapes typically blended for Cava production. The nose offers aromas of just sliced Fuji apple, kiwi, lime and a faint hint of white flowers and honeysuckle. The aromas flow onto the light-bodied palate as similar flavors and are joined by a subtle suggestion of white peach. The finish is dry, crisp and citrus focused with medium acidity.
Azul y Garanza Rosé, 2018 100% Garnacha, “Fresh red berries, orange pith and a hint of pungent flowers on the highly fragrant nose. Juicy and light on its feet, offering vibrant pomegranate, strawberry and blood orange flavors that are complemented by a touch of candied rose. Finishes silky, focused and quite long, leaving sappy red berry and floral notes behind. It's really thoughtful of the importer to provide this wine in a convenient, single-serving liter bottle.”
Azul y Garanza Navarra Tempranillo, 2019 “Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented cherry and spicecake aromas are accompanied by a building floral nuance. Shows very good lift and energy to its black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, which put on weight with aeration. Finishes smooth and quite long, with strong spicy lift and just a hint of smooth, even tannins. This delicious wine is very easy to drink and delivers outstanding value.” Navarra rsvp HERE
Marqués de Cáceres, Family Spirit Five Generations Long A Virtual Wine Tasting Presented by Nikki Erpelding When: Friday, October 2, 6 pm Cost: $46 (plus tax) includes three bottles listed below and your spot for the class. How: rsvp via this email and we’ll send you class link. What: Stop in to purchase the 3 wines starting Wednesday, September 23!
Marqués de Cáceres is not only one of the largest producers in Rioja but it also stands among the leading Spanish wineries in the world. The brand is so ubiquitous that it seems it has always been present in the market. Even though its name suggests the glorious days of Marques de Riscal and Murrieta, the winery was founded in 1970 by Enrique Forner. Born in Valencia, he emigrated to France where he succeeded in the wine trade, even owning two châteaux in Bordeaux. Marqués de Cáceres Cava Brut (NV) A yellowish color and aromas that lean towards dusty and briny open this brut Cava. Briny stone-fruit flavors include bready notes and some citrus. Charming and round in the mouth with a refreshing, balanced structure. Lively finish that highlights its fine bubbles.
Marqués de Cáceres Rioja White, 2019 This wine is a single-variety Viura. The grape comes from old vines aged over 30 years old, situated in Rioja Alta. Their yields are, on average, limited. The soils are mainly clay and limestone. Complex aroma with suggestive notes of melon and a discreet floral background. Fresh, lively and genuine, in mouth it flows with elegance and smoothness. Long and pleasant finish, a taste to relish.
Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva, 2015 Blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% others varieties from a selection of old vineyards originating from Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. 20 months in French oak barrels and additional minimum 2 years in bottle before its market launch. Dark and dense ruby color. Refined and complex aroma with a touch of cherry, vanilla and soft toasted notes. Balanced in the mouth, where the silky and well-defined tannins are combined with exquisite flavors to reveal a pleasant fullness. Marqués de CáceresHERE
Wine Republic’s Coronavirus Policies and Delivery Service We are open and want you to know safety is of the utmost importance to us for you and your families! Outlined below are a few policies and hour changes and will update accordingly and put on our website and facebook.
We’re here for you to pick up wine club and to make purchases. We now emphasize our delivery service in order to ease the social distancing we are experiencing. We’ll deliver a wine order, see below, and any wine currently on the shelves. We will also honor any special order wine and spirits. Members receive case discounts: 20% off solid case (12 of the same) or 15% off mix & match anything in the store.
Below are steps we implemented to keep you safe during these unknown times. RJ and I thank you all for your support and may you and your family be healthy and well! We appreciate your understanding and will continue to update as things change. * We wipe all door handles (main entrance, our entrance and bathroom) plus counter and tasting bar regularly with disinfecting wipes.
* Air filters in air conditioner were replaced and will be as needed.
* We will deliver any order of 6+ bottles up to a 10-mile radius. 6-11 bottles, $10 delivery charge. A case of 12+, free delivery.
* We will start closing an hour earlier everyday until March 31 or further notice. Hours are: Monday – Friday, 10 am-3 pm and 5-7 pm. Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm. Closed on Sundays
* Tastings and classes (and member-only party) are postponed until further notice.