Ring in 2018 with Robust Reds - A Wine Tasting & Tapas Event January 10th

Don't miss out on experiencing robust reds that are perfect for winter's enjoyment.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:51 PM


This is one of our FAVORITE holidays here at Despaña.  
The food, the friends, and of course, the wine.  We know not everyone is like us (planning out their drink menu for weeks in advance) so here is a quick
6-pack of wine that will cover your bases from stuffing to pie.

The Bubbles
Vinyes Singulars “Toma Castanya Ancestral”

A fun “petnat” style of wine with frothy bubbles.  100% Xarello partially aged in chestnut barrels in an underground cellar.  Subtle notes of chestnuts and almondsmix with a slightly creamy-toasty mid-palate and clean finish  There is a reason the song goes, “Chestnuts roasting by an open fire…” and this bottle is delicious.


The Rosé
Aliaga Lagrima de Garnacha Rosado 2016
Sure the summer is over, but drinking pink wine is not!  We knew when we tasted this bottle 
is would be perfect for the holiday spread.  It’s so beautifully balanced and a no-brainer with turkey and all of the sides.


The White
Lobarzan IS Blanco 2013

There is a chill in the air and a heck of a lot of butter in your Aunt Linda’s mashed potatoes.  You’ll need a white that has a little structure.  Some curves.  Something that can see the gravy boat from a mile away and not bat an eye.  This is Godello aged French oak.  
Velvety but not overdone.


The Red
We’ve picked 2 - a lighter and a fuller.  
Casal de Arman Ribeiro Tinto is a Galician blend of only native grapes (34% Brancellao, 33% Caiño Longo & 33% Sousón) in stainless steel.  Medium-light with vibrant acidity and savory red fruit.  
(Ham & Turkey and cranberry relish?  No problem).

 If that bottle of Protos looks old school, it’s because they released the 2014 “27” Edition, with the original labels of the Bodega.  Tinto Fino aged in New French oak for 16 months and another year in bottle before release.  This has the power and strength you’d expect, much like how we hope the Giants will play on Thanksgiving night!

Something Sweet?
Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon-Pecan Pie, cookies, cheeses...before you run for the hard stuff, finish off the night with a little something rich and viscous.  Bodegas 501 “Gades Pedro Ximenez” lingers with notes of figs, coffee, and honeyed raisins with oranges. 


There won’t be a drop left, trust us.  
All for under $215 (including tax).

Call us for delivery or stop by the shop.

Wednesday 12-8pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 12-8pm

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When Size Matters

Monday, July 31, 2017 7:38 PM

When Size Matters

Large format bottles are undeniably the best way to preserve and age wine.  It just so happens that they also look cool as hell.  Show up to your Peking Duck BYOB with a BIG bottle and everyone will take notice.  Rooftop BBQs in the Summer just get better with 1500ml of Rosé.

We have a lot of great options in Large Format the shop from casual to collector.

Condado de Haza "Alenza" 1995 (1.5L) $209.99 very limited supply
A very special wine made by Alejandro Fernandez, retired today but one of the most iconoclastic winemakers of all time, named after a combination of his name and his beloved wife, Esperanza.  Made as a Gran Reserva only in incredibly special vintages.  Aged in American barriques for 23 months, whole-cluster, and crushed by foot.  Rustic and truly indicative of classic Spanish aged wine-this shows smoky spices, cigar box, cocoa, and sweet earth.  Those that have been lucky enough to taste older wines from Bodegas Pesquera know that haunting beauty that develops with a bit of time in the bottle.  Like a siren call of dried cherries and leather.  It begs for slowly braised rabbit or succulent cuts of filet mignon with a wild mushroom reduction.

Envínate " Viña de Aldea Lousas" 2015 (1.5L) $69.99 very limited supply
Humbly considered a "village wine" from 60+ year old plots of mostly Mencía vines handmade by a group of four friends in Ribeira Sacra, Galicia. Traditionally crushed by foot, only spontaneous wild yeasts (ie: nothing commercial or factory-farm about this process).  40% whole clusters and resting in (large) older oak barrels make these wines less reductive and brings forth the beauty of this region and grape:  black pepper, pomegranate, herbs, and tiny berries in a wet brambly-bush.  We love these wines.  Everyone loves these wines (which is why they have become some of the most hard to find bottles these days!)  We have {1} Magnum of this in stock, and a few 750mls.  I would drink this red wine at the beach, it is THAT DELICIOUS.  You could also be civilized and drink it with fire-charred Pulpo with soft potatoes, grilled corn and white beans.

Bodegas Vega Sicilia "Aliòn" 2012 (1.5L) $209.99

The wines crafted under the umbrella of Vega Sicilia are nothing short of spectacular.  Having visited the Bodega earlier this year in person, we can attest to the rigorous selection and attention to every and all details.  Aliòn, in comparison to their other wines, tends to be one on high demand.  There is a distinct type of freshness and elegance here, and aging in the Magnum format just helps it along even further.  You could certainly drink this now--it has been aged in Bordeaux oak barrels for 14 months with additional time resting in the bottle.  Deliciously floral on the nose, with savory rosemary, leather, and spice in the background.  Fine, yet firm, tannins slide over your palate and provide the structure to dance with a dinner of oven-roasted pheasant with sage, rosemary potatoes, and guanciale.  

López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja 2004 (1.5L) $114.99

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Sangria vs Tinto de Verano:  The Ultimate Beverage of Summer

An easy way to distinguish between the two is the fruit on top.

Sangria is wine (red, white or rose) mixed with Brandy, Triple Sec (sometimes), soda of some sort or Cava, and fresh fruit as garnish (apples, oranges, grapes, berries, peaches, etc) all over ice.  Usually this is made overnight or earlier in the day to allow the flavors to combine nicely before serving.  Everyone has a different way to make it.  And everyone is convinced theirs is the best.  In our Tapas Café we are incredibly proud of our Sangria.  Our Cafe Manager, Victoria, makes small batches with her special secret recipe and we’re convinced it is the best we’ve ever tried!  (see what I mean).  For the rest of us at home, we’ll include some easy recipes to try out below.

Tinto de Verano (quite literally ‘red wine of summer’) is a much simpler combination of red wine and fizzy/soda-type drink over ice.  In Spain this is usually Casera, but you can substitute it state-side with Kas Limon soda from Despaña.  We’d suggest using an inexpensive bottle of fruity red wine with low to no oak influence.  Bodegas Sommos “Xiloca” is a perfect juicy Garnacha from Calatayud that tastes great on its own, but could be combined into a spritz with ease.

Here are a few creative recipes to test out this summer.  Invite a few friends over and give one of these sunny “cocktails” a try!

Mango-Peach Sangria with Costers del Sio “Petit Sios Blanco” a lovely blend of Viognier from Cataluñya.

Strawberry & Lemoncello Rosé Sangria with Enanzo Rosado from Navarra.

Blood Orange, Watermellon & Dark Cherry Sangria with Finca La Estacada Tinto Velasco 8 ½ (a juicy and rare red grape made in a chillable, fruit-forward, loveable way from Castilla-La Mancha.

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Chillable Reds

Monday, July 10, 2017 1:16 PM

Chillable Reds

There is something so thirst quenching about gulping down glasses of cool red wine in the sultry days of summer.  And while every red wine should be served “cellar temp” (easily mastered with about 10 minutes in a refrigerator) there are some wines that beg to be chilled a little further and enjoyed frivolously. There is a term “Glou-Glou” that gets thrown around often which means essentially the same thing.  

Here are a few options that we’re loving right now:

Celler del Roure “Vermell” 2012

With the temps rising we look to other sultry places for inspiration. Travelling from Valencia, this blend of Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera & Mando (!!!) that is a brilliant purple/ruby color in the glass.  Purely expressive of red berries, licorice, and aromatic herbs.  Dry, with a medium-body. Light, candied red cherry skin notes. Tasty & easy to chill and drink with clam pizza!

Finca Parera “Fins Als Kullons” 2016

Brilliant ruby colored in the glass.  This is a red & white co-ferment (Sumoll, Garnacha Blanca & Xarello) made in a quaffable, non-interventionist style from biodynamically farmed, estate owned fruit & no additions of sulfur.  Dry, light bodied with savory black cherry & cherry pit notes, and a bright, tart finish.  1 Liter size makes it even more BBQ friendly!

Suertes del Marques “7 Fuentes” 2014

2014 was an easy, healthy harvest without rains or excessive mist (panza de burro). This is mostly Listán Negro with some 10% Tintilla, sustainably farmed with some vines up to 180-years-old.  Fermented in cement or small 700-liter open vats, some destemmed, some with full clusters, but always with the indigenous yeasts. Forty percent of the volume matured in well-seasoned, 500-liter French oak barrels and the rest was kept in concrete, and blended before bottling.  Ruby with brilliant reflections in the glass. Pronounced fresh red berries, floral notes & incense on the nose. Medium bodied with subtle red fruit, cassis, white pepper and angular mineral notes.

Bodegas Fulcro “Pescuda” 2015

From Valtuille de Abajo in Bierzo by Bodegas Fulcro from native varieties (60% Alicante Bouschet & 40% Mencía) with minimal additions of sulfur. Fermented with stems and aged partially in used oak & partially in stainless steel.  Deep ruby in color.  Subtle red fruit, bramble & mineral notes with lively acidity and a sharp, precise finish with fine tannins.

Partida Creus “VN Tinto” 2016

A wine that we can’t even keep in stock (but with good reason)!  It seems like half of Manhattan has already caught onto the Partida Creus bug, and honestly, we can’t blame them.

From a younger vineyard planted in calcareous clay, farmed biodynamically. Fermented using indigenous yeasts. Grapes here are a virtual laundry list of: Trepat, Sumoll, Garrut, Queixal de Loop, Ull de Perdiu, Garnacha & Samsó.  The varietals undergo whole cluster fermentation separately, in stainless steel where it’s aged 7 months on its lees. Bottled unfined, unfiltered & without any added sulfur. Pale ruby colored. Light-bodied & refreshing with bright acidity & minerality.

As mercury rises you’ll reach for all the Whites and Rosés that are

humanly possible.  Keeping cool with endless rooftop parties is one of the

great parts of Summer in NYC.  When you’re ready to explore the realm

of flavor, stop by our shop for a bottle of something Tinto to chill with.

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