AVON — Craig Bale, of Grand Vin Wines, will pour five of his favorite summer Spanish wines, including three from pioneering Spanish producer Telmo Rodriguez, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at vin48.
Telmo studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux and was the winemaker at his family winery in Rioja, Remellur. He then set off on his own in the early 1990s to discover new vineyards and regions around Spain. He now makes a range of wines in diverse areas of Spain.
From the start, the aim of the company has been to use native Spanish varieties. This philosophy differed from the on-going interest in planting foreign varieties in many Spanish vineyards. Another noteworthy initiative, again from the earliest days of the business, is the recovery of abandoned or forgotten vineyards. This is how the projects in Malaga, Spain, with Molino Real, and in Cebreros, Spain, with Pegaso, emerged.
An initial lack of financial resources forced the company to focus on simple and rapidly marketable wines. Wines produced in Navarra, Rueda, Alicante, Toro, Aragon, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Valedorras and Cigales allowed the partners to study the Tempranillo, Tinto fino, Tinta de toro, Garnacho, Monastrell, Mencia, Verdejo, Viura and Godello grape varieties in depth. The aim was to reflect a sense of place based on good viticulture and outstanding growers.
Charles Hays, vin48’s chef and owner, will pair the wines with appetizers on the restaurant’s patio. The event is part of vin48’s summer tasting series, which takes place every Wednesday and pairs wine or beer with Hays’ cuisine. All wines served are available at discounted prices from Beaver Liquors in Avon.