Dave has just returned from a rekkie of some incredibly on trend Bodegas courtesy of Gonzalez Byass in Spain. Ahh, I hear your say …
Tio Pepe sherry. Well yes, Gonzalez Byass do have their leading brand which is based in Jerez down in Southern Spain. This family also own stunning vineyards in Rioja, Beronia; Vinos del Vero in Somontano and Finca Constancia about an hour outside Madrid. Whilst working with the inevitable indigenous grape Tempranillo very successfully, they are also a dynamic experimental company with grapes like Malbec, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer producing some extraordinary wines. Watch out for some new arrivals in our portfolio.
In one of the vineyards
Dave working hard
On Tuesday 18th August we hosted another of our fantastic Wine Tasting Suppers. This time we were lucky enough to have Joe Roberts from Peter Lehmann wines hosting. We started with the Layers White as an aperitif which went down a storm, and is now served by the glass in the restaurant.
Joe in action
This was followed with some great food and wine matching with the Hill & Valley Riesling served with crab & apple tian, Hill & Valley Shiraz with spicy beef noodles, Mentor Cabernet Sauvignon with confit duck leg and finishing with Peter Lehmann Botrytis Semillon which was matched perfectly with Peach & Frangipane tart.
The chef preparing the delicious Peach & Frangipane tarts
We would like to thank Joe for his laid back but informative presentation. Also Nigel Gilling from @liberty_wines for helping to organise this event.
Emma (manager at abarbistro) & I (Jose) are taking part in the Great South Run to raise money for The Rowans Hospice. We thought long and hard about which event would be the most challenging for us and came up with the GSR.
We have set a colossal target of £2,000 as this is a massive task for both of us … Not being runners (or photogenic)!
This has involved some serious dedication already … I have reduced my wine intake considerably! I am trying very hard not to drink during the week, which as you can imagine, is not an easy task for a wine merchant! We are training three times a week at least, again not an easy task between work, tastings, deliveries, suppers and general life!
If you would like to sponsor us then please visit our justgiving page www.justgiving.com/joseandemma