WINE101: Getting to know 10 classic styles/regions of wine
Fall 2014: September 1 – September 12, 2014
Section 1: Monday – Friday (September 1 – September 5)
In-Store Tasting Thursday, September 4th: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
A tasting of the first 5 wines from Section 1
Section 2: Monday – Friday (September 8 – September 12)
In-Store Tasting Thursday, September 11th: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
A tasting of the last 5 wines from Section 2
Course Code & No. – Section: WINE101 – Section 1 & Section 2
Course Title: Getting to know 10 classic styles/regions of wine
Course Ref. No.: W101
Instructor: Mike Martin
Office: 1100 Jefferson Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Office Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00 pm
Prerequisites: Interest in wine
This section is in part and in conjunction with the Wine 100 level courses. In this particular section (101) we delve into 10 traditionally produced wines from 10 classic regions. Regions include: Nemea, Greece. Loire Valley, France. Burgundy, France. Bordeaux, France. Rhone, France. Mosel, Germany. Tuscany, Italy. Rioja, Spain. Sonoma County, California. Finger Lakes, New York. Coursework will include a variety of readings about the wines and their given regions. Also opening and consuming of the wines so that the contents can be studied, as well as understood in order to provide the key concepts of these traditional wine regions.
The seventh lesson in our course takes us to Spain and more specifically to the region of Rioja. Wine making in Rioja goes as far back as 873 AD, from Monasteries in the region. This Spanish wine comes from the winery of Marqués de Riscal, which dates back to 1858. Marqués de Riscal’s first wines were bottled in 1862. The winery’s philosophy according to their website “has always been a company, leading and pioneering innovative viticultural constantly changing. We seek to make wines original, fresh, elegant and easy to drink. Since our founding, we have had a clear export orientation. Today we are present in nearly 100 countries to which we export 60% of our production.”
Marqués de Riscal’s Rioja Reserva Red is comprised of 90% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano and 3% Mazuelo. The Tempranillo grapes come from vines that are over 70 years old, while the other two varietals add freshness and vividness of color. The wine is barrel aged in American Oak for 25 months and then 12 months of aging in the bottle. This Reserva is dark in color with notes of cherry, basil and spicy complex aromas, along with ripe black fruit and light toasted hints. The palate has good structure, tasty, dense, round and elegant tannins. The finish is long and fresh with a slight memory of the oak. Drink this wine with ham, not cured cheeses, stews that are not too spicy, cooked vegetables, poultry, grilled red meats and roasts.
Marquis de Riscal Reserva Red – $15.99 a bottle
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