Two Delightful Whites From Different Parts of the Worlds for $20 and Under.

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Whitehaven® 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Whitehaven 2010 Marlborough Sauv Blanc 750ml

The Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2010 embodies the quintessential Marlborough style: Full-flavored and medium -bodied with fragrant notes of citrus, gooseberry and ripe tropical fruit followed by freshly cut herb undertones. A brilliant straw color, this rich and elegant wine refreshes the palate with a clean, crisp, long finish. We recommend enjoying our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc while it is young, but the wine is capable of developing nicely over the next two years if carefully cellared.

Description
Established in 1994, Whitehaven Wine Company is a small, privately-owned winery located in Blenheim, New Zealand. Whitehaven winemaker, Sam Smail, has earned a reputation for turning our brilliant, distinctive and critically acclaimed premium Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the world renowned Marlborough region of New Zealand. Located across the Wairau and Awatere Valleys of Marlborough, New Zealand, our Sauvignon Blanc vines are pruned to four canes each and trained along our standard trellis system, with vertical shoot positioning for maximum exposure to sunshine and fresh breezes. The canopy is carefully manicured to achieve open, healthy vines which produce balanced, full-flavored fruit during the growing season.

Viticulture Notes
Although it did not appear promising to begin with, the 2010 season outperformed the superb 2009 vintage in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The latter half of the growing season experienced high temperatures and ripening advanced rapidly, delivering the harvest on time. From late December on the season was warm and dry. The harvest was short and sharp, rarely interrupted by rain, providing for stunning structure, amazing depth and flavor along with balanced ripeness.

Winemaking Notes
The fruit was machine harvested in cool evening conditions, destemmed, must chilled and lightly pressed with minimal skin contact. The free run juice was settled to achieve a high degree of clarity. The clear juice was fermented in upright stainless steel fermenters with selected yeast strains to preserve the inherent fruit flavors. Winemaking techniques and handling were reduced to promote the natural fruit flavor and intensity found in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Varietal Content:
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Varietal Origin:
Marlborough, New Zealand
Titratability Acidicity:
0.77g/100ml
pH:
3.41
Alcohol Level:
13.38%
Residual Sugar:
0.34g/100ml
UPC:
008500001201

Wine Description
Vibrant peach, tropical fruit and gooseberry aromas and freshly cut herb undertones. A brilliant straw-colored wine with lemon tones, this wine refreshes the palate with a long, clean finish.

This wine is superior to others that sell for a few buck less and the smooth balance, gentle acid and easy-going fruit prove our point. A real delight with sushi, oysters, goat cheese and chicken.

Whitehaven 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc = $20.00


Martin Codax® 2010 Rías Baixas Albariño

Region: Rías Biaxas, D.O.

Martin Codax 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino 750ml
In the local Gallego language of Galicia in Northwest Spain, the name Rías Baixas means “the lower fjords, referring to the narrow fingers of deep water that stretch far inland. The white Albariño grape thrives in this region of rains and mists. Locally, Albariño is called “the wine of the sea” (and is, unsurprisingly, a perfect match for seafood).

Description
Produced under the stringent rules of the Rías Baixas Denominación de Origen (DO), Martín Códax Albariño is thoroughly food friendly, and designed to be consumed young. This is an aromatic wine, elegant, dry and crisp on the finish. The key aromatic and flavor notes are pear, passion fruit and apple. Acidity is bright and integrates well with aromatic elements into a balanced whole.
Albariño stands on its own as an aperitif but reaches its glory stage when matched with food. This is not only because of the firm acidity, but also because of the wine’s mouth-engaging fullness. Seafood, poultry, light salads, and lightly-sauced pastas are only a few of the many possibilities.

Viticulture Notes
The summer of 2010 was on the hot side with little precipitation. Following an excellent flowering season, we saw correspondingly high yields and good ripening among the grapes, all the while maintaining desirable levels of acidity (and lower levels of malic acid). These conditions were ideal for the production of a well-structured, well-balanced Albariño with floral and stone-fruit notes.

Winemaking Notes
Winemaker: Katia Alvarez
For this 100% Albariño wine, grapes were hand-picked in mid-September 2010. Grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed, which allowed whole berry membrane pressing to preserve varietal character. After juice settling, fermentation occurred in stainless steel at 18º Celsius for three weeks. Approximately 15% of the blend was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, leading to enhanced flavor complexity while preserving the acidity. Following fermentation, the wine underwent light sur lie aging for four months, with no oak contact.
Varietal Content: 100% Albariño
Varietal Origin: Rías Baixas
Titratable Acidity: 0.65g/100ml
pH: 3.34
Alcohol Level: 12.82%
Residual Sugar: 0.25g/100ml

Wine Description
A refreshing food friendly white wine, crisp, elegant and dry, showing aromas and flavors of pear, passion fruit and apple with bright acidity.

We love the wines of Spain and this is one of our secret favorites. Always dependable, you’ll feel like you are drinking a wine worth double the price. Enjoy it with seafood paella, poultry, veal and oysters.

Martin Codax 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino = $15.00

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Las Rocas: A Wine like No Other, From a Place like No Other

la roca BOTTLE_LAR_GarnachaCalatayud_750_09Deep in the interior of Aragon, Spain, lies a place few have heard of: Calatayud. Here, the air is dry, the terrain is unforgiving, and shattered rock stretches as far as the eye can see. It would seem that nothing could grow here.

Yet somehow, Garnacha vines thrive on the arid, rocky slopes of Calatayud , creating some of the world’s most sought-after wines. Spain is one of the few places on Earth where vintners bottle pure Garnacha – or Grenache, as it is called outside of Spain – and Calatayud is home to some of the country’s highest Garnacha vineyards.

Rooted deep in rocky, limestone soils at elevations of up to 3,500 feet, these vines see intense sunlight, prompting thicker skins and, ultimately, grapes with richer flavors. Cool evening temperatures mean fruit with greater acidity, giving Las Rocas wines a unique elegance and structure.

Many of Calatayud’s Garnacha vines are nearly a century old, producing rich, robust wines. With flavors and tannins reminiscent of a Cabernet Sauvignon, matched by a structure similar to Pinot Noir, Las Rocas Garnacha has a distinct palate of red fruit, black pepper and earthy notes.

“Las Rocas wines are unique in every sense of the word,” says Yolanda Diaz, managing director of Bodegas San Alejandro, a co-operative of 350 local farmers who grow the grapes for Las Rocas wines. “The rocky slopes create vines that can only be found in Calatayud. The precise combination of climate, soil and elevation here makes our Garnacha unlike any other wine, anywhere else in the world.”

Founded in 1962, Bodegas San Alejandro is located in Miedes, a town of 530 inhabitants about 55 miles north of Madrid, in the valley of the Ebro River. The dynamic winegrowers and winemakers of Bodegas San Alejandro bring the distinct characteristics of Calatayud and the unique flavors of Garnacha into every bottle of Las Rocas. The collection includes a Garnacha made from 30- to 50-year old vines, a Viñas Viejas Garnacha made from vines that are 60 to nearly 100 years old, and a Spanish Red Blend that brings Garnacha together with Tempranillo and Syrah.


Las Rocas® 2009 Garnacha  (Pictured Above)

SRP: $14

Las Rocas wines hail from Calatayud, in the southeastern corner of Spain’s Aragon region, where the air is dry and the terrain is unforgiving. Against all odds, Garnacha vines thrive on the steep, rocky slopes here, creating some of the world’s most sought-after wines. The Bodegas San Alejandro growers’ cooperative cultivates grapes from hundreds of small vineyards in Calatayud – many with vines more than 80 years old – to create the rich, robust flavors of Las Rocas.
About the Wine:

The vibrant red color of our 2009 Garnacha hints at its rich dark cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors. This well-structured wine integrates nuances of oak with round tannins to deliver a rich palate of decadent fruit flavors.

Viticulture Notes:
Las Rocas wines come from the steep, rocky vineyards in Calatayud that rest at elevations of 2,500 to 3,500 feet. The vines for our Garnacha are 30 to 50 years old, with loose, rocky limestone soils. The 2009 vintage brought exceptionally dry and hot conditions to the Calatayud region, resulting in a slightly higher alcohol level in the finished wine. Despite the warm weather, careful guidance in the vineyard yielded exceptional grapes with rich flavor characteristics.

Winemaking Notes:
Following harvest at the end of October, the Garnacha grapes were cold soaked for several days to extract the deep, intense flavors of the fruit. During fermentation, which occurred at temperatures between 75°F and 82°F, the juice remained in contact with the skins for 15 days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, which softened the mouthfeel and added depth and nuance to the Garnacha. A portion of the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for nearly one year.
Varietal Content: Garnacha
Varietal Origin: Calatayud DO, Spain
Titratable Acidity: 0.57g/100ml
pH: 3.63
Alcohol Level: 15.20%
Residual Sugar: 0.1 g/100ml
Residual Sugar: 0.1 g/100ml

We liked the dark fruit colors, depth and food friendliness of this Garnacha wine. The red blend was more fruity and terrific for a picnic or easy going dinner (perfect for coq au vin) . The king (and what value for $20  . . . well worth double the price . . . ) was the Vinas Viejas. Bursting with cranberry and dark cherries, the tannins were subtle, but indicate good aging potential. Go with cheese, game, dark fish or Brazil nuts.

Spanish wines rule.

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Paul Cheneau Cava “Lady of Spain

GIRÓ RIBOT
Penedes, Spain

 

Fun in a glass, this delightful Cava is a bargain at an available retail price of around$ 10.99 a bottle. The colorful bottle belies the serious contents with its sprightly bubbles, excellent balance and abundance of fruit. Perfect for the holidays.

Giró Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The Giró Ribot portfolio encompasses two distinct brands; Cava Paul Cheneau and Cava Masia Parera.

Giró Ribot is situated at the heart of the Appellation d’Origine Penedès. This beautiful area of Catalonnia, halfway between the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, is bordered to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the north by the spectacular and remarkable solid mass of Montserrat.

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La Marca Prosecco

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Keeping Tradition Alive with Modern Winemaking

Founded more than 40 years ago, La Marca® is a winery cooperative representing over 5,000 winegrowers who farm over 17,000 acres in the area of Treviso, in the Veneto region of northern Italy. The name “La Marca” refers to the zone of La Marca Trevigiana, source for the winery’s finest grapes. The winery’s headquarters are in the city of Oderzo, in the heart of Prosecco country. Consulting winemaker for La Marca® Prosecco is Fabrizo Gatto.

Tradition at La Marca® runs hand in hand with modern winemaking techniques, all with an eye to the changing demands of the international market for wine.

clip_image004La Marca® is particularly proud of its fully sparkling Prosecco Spumante. Prosecco has been taking the international wine drinking public by storm. La Marca®’s Prosecco is a delicious, fragrant and fruity wine that is winning hearts and palates wherever sparkling wines are consumed.

Though relatively new to the international market, Prosecco production reflects a long history of painstaking grape growing and winemaking in its unique region.

The hills of Treviso provide unique soils and microclimates that are perfect for the Prosecco grape (the grape and the wine have the same name). La Marca® adds to that perfection by expertly creating the base wines for their Prosecco and then gently adding effervescence through the Charmat process, the ideal way to protect the wine’s delicate aromatics and delightfully light texture. La Marca® Prosecco is a versatile sparkler, a delight on its own as an aperitif, and for any (and every) special occasion. The wine has the substance and energetic acidity to match a wide range of foods and cuisines: Italian of course, but try it with Thai cuisine, a solid American barbecue, or light appetizers.Bottle-La_Marca_Prosecco_750ml

Although sold under a single brand, La Marca® Prosecco represents the work, the skill, and the traditions of literally thousands of Italian winegrowers and wine workers who remain dedicated to upholding the traditions and quality standards of their region’s own unique wine.

 

Light, lively and lovely, all that bubbles need not be Champagne and here is a perfect alternative. Paired with Asian, Indian, meat, fish or solo, we liked La Marca Prosecco a lot. And at $17.00 SRP, the value is there.

La Marca Prosecco NV = $17.00

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The Albariño Wines of Martín Códax

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The Region – Rías Baixas

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The Albariño wine of Martín Códax® is produced under the strict rules of the Rías Baixas D.O. (denomination of origin, or appellation). Translated from Gallego, the native language of Galicia, Rías Baixas means “the lower fjords”, referring to the deep fingers of water there that reach inland from the sea.

Albariño wine is sometimes called “The Wine of the Sea” because of the impact that the Atlantic Ocean has on the weather over the vineyards, and because the wine goes so well with seafood from the local villages. The moderate climate and well-drained soils provide perfect growing conditions for Albariño – ample water, ample sunshine in the summer, and mineral-rich soils of eroded granite sand, chalk, and clay.

Bottle-Martin_Codax_2010_Rias_Baixas_Albarino_750ml The area is lush and green, unlike the common idea of Spain. It is cool, not hot, with many rivers running through hillside and valley vineyards. The landscape is so rocky that even the posts of the pergolas that hold the canopy of vines overhead in old farmstead vineyards are made of granite.

Winter storms on the Spanish shore of the Atlantic bring moderate temperatures and rain from the southwest, a result of the circulation of tropical air from the equator. The ocean regulates the temperature over the land, with little difference between day and night. High pressure fronts from the Azores settle over the region in summer, giving a long, friendly growing season to the vineyards, with the driest weather perfectly timed for late ripening and a September harvest.

Rías Baixas is divided into five sub-regions: Val do Salnes, Ribera del Ulla, Soutomayor, Condadodo Tea and O Rosal, the largest of which is Val do Salnes, home to Martín Códax wines.

The Grape – Albariño

Albariño, long the best-kept secret of Spanish winemaking, is making its mark in the world. It is aromatic, complex but immediately pleasing, dry, but full-bodied: peach, melon, grapefruit and lemon zest flavors decorating a frame of refreshing minerality.

One story says the grape was brought to the region from Germany by Benedictine monks in the Middle Ages and is descended from Riesling. Another story says the grape is native to the seaside hills of Galicia. This is a grape so special and so important in Spain that the grape itself is subject to regulation, not just the wine. Inspectors examine every load of grapes arriving at the winery to certify that they were grown in vineyards that meet the exacting standards set for Albariño in Galicia.

Albariño is made to be enjoyed when it is young, and the flavors float on a slight tingle that touches the tongue on the first sip. “Refreshing” is a word often associated with this style. To preserve the delicate qualities and subtle sequences of flavors that the wine so generously offers, winemakers restrict their fermentations and storage to stainless steel.

This is the style of Martín Códax Albariño. One hundred percent Albariño. One hundred percent estate grown. One hundred percent stainless steel.

 

Delicious and highly recommended, this clean, crisp wine with its floral hints and pleasing balance of acidity is just one example of why the consumer should turn to Spain for excellent wines at exceptional value at $15.00, SRP. Lovely paired with shellfish, veal, poultry in light sauces and cold roast beef. Great with goat cheese.

Martin Codax Albarino 2010 = $15.00

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Graffit: Modern Spanish Cuisine With An Artistic Touch At Its Best

Graffit,

141 West 69th Street www.graffitrestaurant.com
646-692-8762

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The Magical Graden (Above)

FOUNDING PARTNERS Jesús Núñez, Jesús Sese Buil, José Pédro
Gomez, José Ignacio Lopez
EXECTUTIVE CHEF/PARTNER Jesús Núñez
WINE DIRECTOR & MANAGER Nacho Monclús
MANAGER Rogelio Espin Hernandez
ARCHITECT/DESIGN Garrett Singer Architecture & Design
GENERAL CONTRACTOR Aerial Design & Build Services
LOCATION 141 West 69th Street, New York, NY
TELEPHONE 646-692-8762
WEBSITE www.graffitrestaurant.com
FACEBOOK/TWITTER Graffit / Graffit_NYC

CUISNE Spanish, a mirror of today’s culinary scene
in Madrid

BEVERAGE All Spanish Wine list; beer, cocktails; cavas
HOURS Monday-Friday Dinner 4:30pm-12am
Sat Brunch 10am-4pm; Dinner 5pm-1am
Sun Brunch 10am-4pm; Dinner 5pm-1am
Weekend Lunch Beginning Spring 2011
METRO 1 train to 66th Street-Lincoln Center, or 2/3
to 72nd

CAPACITY 79 total: 31- Tapas & Bar Room; 26- Dining
Room; 22- Garden Room
PRICE RANGE Appetizers $11-$17, Entrees $25-$30, Desserts
$10, Tapas $9-$14, Cocktails $11- $14, Brunch
$11-$18

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS No
CREDIT CARDS All major
RESERVATIONS Recommended
Jesús Núñez, Executive Chef/Founding Partner

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Chef Jesús Núñez Brings Modern Spanish Cooking to the

New York Culinary Scene

Graffit, is the New York debut of Spanish born chef Jesús Núñez, who built his reputation for artistic and modern Mediterranean food at his highly regarded Madrid restaurants, Plenta and Flou. Núñez has been hailed as one of Spain’s leading chefs by the likes of the Spanish editions of Vogue, Elle and Gourmet, and both of his restaurants have been at the forefront of Madrid’s culinary scene.

The design concept by Garrett Singer Architecture and Design (Hill Country Chicken, Klee Brasserie) is striking and  divides Graffit into three distinct spaces: a minimalist Tapas & Bar Room, an elegant Dining Room and a delightful sunlit Garden Room.

Singer and Núñez cleverly collaborated to translate the chef’s plating artistry onto the restaurants walls, adapting Núñez’ culinary style to the space’s interior through the use of variations of color, transparency and layering of surfaces. Graffit has commissioned Chilean-born graffiti muralist DASIC to paint explosions of color and dynamic intrigue throughout the restaurant (www.dasicfernandez.com). Aerial Design and Build, a NYC boutique construction firm, worked diligently with the design team to deliver high-quality workmanship.

graffit mural

Núñez brings New York an outlet for the modern cuisine that has put Spain on the culinary map as one of today’s international gourmet destinations. Graffit  is a meeting place for authentic Spanish flavors and nontraditional techniques, a crumble of Mediterranean and multicultural ingredients and molecular methods.

 

graffit not your average egg

Not Your Average Egg (Above)

The stage for these edible works of art offers it’s diners two unique dining experiences. In the Tapas and Bar Room guests can enjoy Chef Núñez’ reinterpretations of Spanish tapas, such as the Tortilla Espanola Deconstruida (traditional Spanish omelet in seven textures). But some of the chefs most delicious creations have roots in his mothers kitchen, such as Albondigas De La Abuela jesús’ abuela’s or beef meatballs with sweet potato cream and purple potato confit. Simplicity shines in the light and flavorful meatballs, cotrasted by the crunch of the purple potato and sweet potato cream. Also excellent, Pulpo A La Gallega galician-style. Tender octopus with potato, spanish smoked paprika and spanish virgin olive oil. Tapas are large and a selection can make a meal in themselves. We liked Graffit so much that we suggest experiencing it twice and saving the main event for a second visit. If that is not possible, leave room, because the fine dining option is equal to some of the best restaurants in Europe.

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The Dining and Garden Rooms offer a beautifully created dinner menu featuring Núñez’ signature exploration of shape, color and most importantly flavor.

Not to be missed appetizers include a light-as-air Savory Carrot “Cake” filled with Mahón Cheese and garnished with crisp Asparagus.. There is also an interesting Pear Salad, composed of Valdeón Cheese, Quince and Walnuts. Not to be missed, is a gorgeous excess called Not-Your-Average Egg, Perhaps the most interesting appetizer offering is the whimsical “Fake Truffles” on “Edible Dirt”  where falafel is gussied up  with squid ink to look like a plate of the fungus, served with jet-black pulverized olives.,molecular yogurt and a splash of truffle oil. What a divine riff.  

Truffle Graffit (Below)

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When it comes to entrees, don’t miss Bacalao En Salsa Verde, Ñora, Prawns Cream and Egg Yolk. Salt cod comes on an oversized plate with strategically scattered  steamed asparagus, and a  raw egg yolk. The whole is decorated with prawn purée and salsa verde.LOVELY! Also terrific are the Slow Roasted Suckling Pig with Garlic Cream, Pimentón, Natural Jus and  an intensely flavorful Duck Breast,with Apple and Potato.

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Núñez’ menu is accompanied by a beverage program replete with well-paired signature, innovative cocktails, such as a refined version of the traditional Andalusian Rebujito,  and specially selected Spanish wines, including wine from the vineyard of one of Núñez’ partners, who is affiliated with Spanish winery Enate.
(www.enate.es/enaeng/intro/intro.htm).

Upper West Side Cocktail (Below)

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The Upper West Side Cocktail, served with 4 huge frozen red grapes and a Tequila Old Fashioned were as potent as they were memorable. Kudos to the amazing wine list and affordable pricing. We adored an elegant, floral and engaging 2005 Rioja, made from the Mazuelo grape from Valserrano, suggested by the personable manager Rogelio Espin Hernandez. At $65 per bottle, it lays claim to being one of the best wine values in town.

Desserts are fun and flavorful. Check out the Warm, Liquid Chocolate Fritters and A “Study in Spanish Moscatel, Service, from reception at the door to waitstaff and busboys is as good as any three star restaurant in Manhattan.

Graffit with its superb location, near Lincoln Center, convivial atmosphere, affordable prices and excellent food, alas, is discovered, so reserve and enjoy.   

 graffit Savory Carrot Cake, Graffit

Savory Carrot Cake (Above) Graffit Edible SangriaEdible Sangria (Above)

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Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., is committed to excellence, and is a major force in the world of wine in the United States.

Here are three whites and three roses. All are under $20 and should make your sunny day even brighter!

Both Argentine and Spanish wines (specifically Rioja wine) are among the fastest growing "categories" of all fine wine-growing countries. France has also emerged as a growing category for their “great value” wines as well as Italy. This selection spans all four regions and have very attractive price points.

Whether you are an oenophile or a novice, five little words will be your guide to expert wine selection: Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd. You’ll never be disappointed.

A little background:

CUMA  

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Cuma is the range of organic wines produced by Michel Torino Estate. Viticulture and winemaking practices are strictly controlled and certified organic. Fertilizers used in the vineyards are sheep manure, ants are controlled with diatom earth, and weeds are cut with machetes: all natural elements. SRP $12.99

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A blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah, this racy rosé has some serious weight on the palate. Vinified as a "vin de saignée," a short maceration with a long fermentation under controlled temperatures is employed. This wine defines the word delicious. SRP $13.99

HECHT & BANNIER
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Formed in 2002, Maison Hecht et Bannier produces wines that are reference points for the Languedoc-Roussillon, France’s largest and most confounding winemaking region. SRP $11.99

EL COTO DE RIOIA

El Cotp de Rioja, was founded in 1970 by a group of winemakers committed to creating a new type of Rioja. lts first bottling was released in 1975. Today, El Coto is the leading brand in Spain and among the top-selling Spanish wines in Europe. SRP $9.99 for both Blanco and Rosado.scan0006
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SANTI
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Santi traces its origins to 1843, when Carlo Santi established a wine cellar in the village of lllasi, Italy. The original winery is situated in the heart of the most acclaimed wine growing zones in the Veneto near Lake Garda. SRP $16.99

Websites/ Resources:
http:\\www.frederickwildman.com

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Martín Códax Winery

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The Martín Códax winery was founded in 1986, as a cooperative made up of about 50 local grape growers in Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain.

The wines of Martín Códax were very well received in their first vintage, and the winery
expanded to meet the expectations of wine lover’s at home and around the world. To
maintain a supply of top quality Albariño grapes, the winery acquired vineyards of its own and crafted long-term agreements with many family winegrowers whose grapes met their exacting standards.

Today, the winery oversees more than 1,400 tiny vineyard parcels being farmed by 550 families in the Rías Baixas region around the town of Cambados. All the grapes that go into Martín Códax Albariño are estate grown and picked by hand.
Martín Códax maintains its quality through continuous investment in research, innovation, and talented, creative people who enjoy the challenges of leadership.
The “signature” wine of Martín Códax is Albariño, the versatile white wine, unique to the region, that has made Galicia famous among connoisseurs around the world.
The wines of Martín Códax have won international acclaim and are available for sale in over 40 countries around the world.

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The Region – Rías Baixas

The Albariño wine of Martín Códax® is produced under the strict rules of the Rías Baixas D.O. (denomination of origin, or appellation). Translated from Gallego, the native language of Galicia, Rías Baixas means “the lower fjords”, referring to the deep fingers of water there that reach inland from the sea.

Albariño wine is sometimes called “The Wine of the Sea” because of the impact that the Atlantic Ocean has on the weather over the vineyards, and because the wine goes so well with seafood from the local villages. The moderate climate and well-drained soils provide perfect growing conditions for Albariño – ample water, ample sunshine in the summer, and mineral-rich soils of eroded granite sand, chalk, and clay.

The area is lush and green, unlike the common idea of Spain. It is cool, not hot, with many rivers running through hillside and valley vineyards. The landscape is so rocky that even the posts of the pergolas that hold the canopy of vines overhead in old farmstead vineyards are made of granite.

Winter storms on the Spanish shore of the Atlantic bring moderate temperatures and rain from the southwest, a result of the circulation of tropical air from the equator. The ocean regulates the temperature over the land, with little difference between day and night.

High pressure fronts from the Azores settle over the region in summer, giving a long,

friendly growing season to the vineyards, with the driest weather perfectly timed for late ripening and a September harvest.

Rías Baixas is divided into five sub-regions: Val do Salnes, Ribera del Ulla, Soutomayor, Condadodo Tea and O Rosal, the largest of which is Val do Salnes, home to Martín Códax wines.

 

The Grape – Albariño

Albariño, long the best-kept secret of Spanish winemaking, is making its mark in the world. It is aromatic, complex but immediately pleasing, dry, but full-bodied: peach, melon, grapefruit and lemon zest flavors decorating a frame of refreshing minerality.

One story says the grape was brought to the region from Germany by Benedictine monks in the Middle Ages and is descended from Riesling. Another story says the grape is native to the seaside hills of Galicia.

This is a grape so special and so important in Spain that the grape itself is subject to regulation, not just the wine. Inspectors examine every load of grapes arriving at the winery to certify that they were grown in vineyards that meet the exacting standards set for Albariño in Galicia.

Albariño is made to be enjoyed when it is young, and the flavors float on a slight tingle that touches the tongue on the first sip. “Refreshing” is a word often associated with this style. To preserve the delicate qualities and subtle sequences of flavors that the wine so generously offers, winemakers restrict their fermentations and storage to stainless steel.

This is the style of Martín Códax Albariño. One hundred percent Albariño. One hundred

percent estate grown. One hundred percent stainless steel.

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