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Northern Spanish Wineries

On Tuesday 16 October 2018 we will be pairing food to wines from 3 amazing Northern Spanish wineries: Bodegas Amaren, Dominio Cair, and Pazo de Señorans. The EFS team will be creating a special menu of 7 courses paired to wines representing the regions of Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Rias Baixas. We will have 5 wines paired to the food plus 3 bonus old vintages that aren’t commercially available, so this is your opportunity to discover them all. The cost of the event is £75 for food and wine.

Here are the wines we will be featuring:

Pazo Senorans Albarino 2017
Pazo Senorans Coleccion 2014
Pazo Senorans Seleccion de Anada 2002
Bodegas Amaren Blanco 2016
Bodegas Amaren Angeles 2012
Bodegas Amaren Tempranillo 60 - 2005
Dominio de Cair Cuvée de Caïr 2016
Dominio Cair Tierras de Cair 2009

Bodegas Amaren

Bodegas Amaren (meaning 'of my mother' in Basque) pays homage to Ángeles, the mother of Juan Luis Cañas, the owner-manager of Bodegas Luis Cañas. A tireless worker, she dedicated her life to the vineyard and winery with a fierce passion and drive to produce only the highest quality wines. The first vintage of Amaren was the 1995, but it wasn't until 2009 that Juan turned his dream into reality with a winery dedicated to wines that represent the pioneering ambition of his mother. With 22 hectares of vines older than 60 years and another 30 between 30 and 60 years, only the finest grapes are used for these wines. Only vines planted on slopes and terraces have the potential to be Amaren. Each plot is categorised and if the quality is not good enough the grapes will not be used for these wines, resulting in limited production or in some years no production at all - so snap these wines up when you can! This stunning range represents the best of the winery's wines and the drive for perfection across the whole process - from cultivation, through the hand harvest and selection of grapes to thoughtful winemaking and careful ageing, these are honest wines of outstanding quality. For more info about Bodegas Amaren, click here.

Dominio Cair

Juan Luis Cañas and Juan José Iribecampos were great friends before joining forces to take on the challenge of producing top wine from Ribera del Duero together - so much so that the name Cair is an amalgamation of the first two letters of their respective surnames. Based in Ribera del Duero, Cair embraces the innovative viticultural and winemaking techniques found in its sister wineries. Located by the town of Aguilera, Juan Luis and Juan José spent years searching out the perfect vineyard sites and have struck gold with low yielding gnarly old vines planted on very poor soils at 800-900m above sea level. Currently holding 70 hectares, they are constantly on the look out for the right plots. Extreme weather conditions, coupled with very low rainfall, provide the perfect ripening conditions for the grapes. Only the highest quality grapes are harvested each year with rigorous selection taking place in the vineyards prior to grapes being hand picked and passed through two sorting tables. The meticulous care and attention to detail are evident in these wines, which display both the power and finesse evident in the top wines of Ribera. For more info about Dominio Cair, click here.

Pazo de Señorans

It's hard to believe Pazo de Señorans have been making wine for a mere 28 years given that they are now considered one of the finest producers in Spain. The winemaker Ana Quintela is fastidious in her pared back approach, working with the same growers year after year, the secret to the success is the quality of the fruit. Ensuring that grapes are harvested in pristine condition is key in this warm and humid climate. Such is the pervasive nature of the humid, briny air that the raised pergolas for training the grapes to ensure air movement are hewn from solid granite! Pressing is followed by a spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel, helping retain the exuberant fruit character, while the following ageing on lees helps develop texture and spice on the resulting wines. The important thing about Señorans, it has the ability to age and is probably at its best 18-36 months after harvest. The Seleccion Añada is unique being aged on its lees in small steel tanks for up to 36 months or so and demonstrates above all the ageing potential of Albariño, and Señorans in particular, that we think no other producer can mimic. For more info about Pazo de Señorans, click here.

If you love wines from Spain, this event is for you! Click the button below to book now and please let us know of any dietary requirements.

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