Last week Catavino (Ryan and Gabriella Opaz) based in Terrazas, (near Barcelona) Spain, were in town to do a bit of networking and stopped by Vinoteca to host an Iberian wine & web tasting. The Winesleuth was there to taste along with her fellow winebloggers, Spitton and Surf4Wine.
There was a wide selection of whites and reds from Spain and Portugal that Ryan had picked from Vinoteca‘s winelist. The most interesting to me was the Valdeorras Godello, Gaba do Xil, Telmo Rodriguez (Galicia). All three of us were impressed by how refreshing and clean it was, spicy green apples, great minerality as well and at £8.95, very good value.
Another good choice from Telmo Rodriguez was the 2006 Valdeorras Mencia, another varietal native to Galicia, Gaba do Xil. Telmo really seems to capture the terroir of the region, the earth, rocks and fruit all coming together. Loads of violets and black cherry on the nose, a juicy strawberry compote, supple but with excellent tannins. Mencia is definitely a varietal to look out for. Again, for £8.95, good value for money.
It was a fun night. Here’s a short video of the evening, including a brief interview with one half of Catavino, Gabriella Opaz.