Spanish Tasting
      Jan 12, 2010

When: Tuesday, January 12, 2009, 7:00 pm

Where: The Ranchmen’s Club
710 – 13 Avenue SW
T2R 0K9

Members Price: $67

Non-Members Price: $90

2001 may be one of the greatest Spanish vintages of all time

The Society purchased a selection of 2001 Spanish wines on release in 2005 and it is time to pull the corks. The 2001 vintage has been rated very good to excellent across Spain and we will be tasting red wines from the important appellations of Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Toro and Rioja.

Here are the wines that we’ll be tasting, all from the 2001 vintage:

Region Wine
Ribera del Duero   Bodegas Alion (owned by Vega Sicilia)
Ribera del Duero Bodegas Conde Neo
Rioja Gloria de Ostatu
Rioja Bodegas Valsacro
Toro Bodegas Numanthia
Priorato Costers de Mas Igneus
Priorato Mas Igneus FA 206

“For fans of Spanish wines, and particularly those crafted from Tempranillo – Spain’s finest indigenous red wine grape – the 2001 harvest may have produced one of the greatest vintages of all time – an ironic conclusion to a rollercoaster growing season afflicted by hard frost, inordinate heat, prolonged drought and potentially damaging rains.

On back-to-back visits in September and October, I spent more than six weeks prowling the vineyards of Spain’s key red wine-producing regions – from the firmly established La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Priorato to up-and-coming spots such as Toro and La Mancha. A veteran of more than a dozen Spanish harvests, I have rarely seen grapes in such healthy condition or a harvest season that enjoyed such propitious weather.” Gerry Dawes

This event is limited to 30 people so register early to avoid disappointment.

Note: The event sign-up process has changed to make things less confusing. Tell us if you think it is.

To attend this event:

1. Mail your cheque payable to The Grand Cru Society to:

The Grand Cru Society
c/o Brian Heffernan
923 Varsity Estates Green NW
Calgary AB
T3B 3X9

2. Email including:

- the number of people coming
- your name
- your guest’s names so we can make name tags

Please note: The Ranchmen’s Club dress code has changed. Gentlemen no longer must wear a jacket and tie. Instead Smart Casual is the new, relaxed dress code.

Ranchmen’s Smart Casual which means jacket and/or tie for men are optional and suitable attire for women. No jeans, athletic shoes or clothing, t-shirts, tank tops, flip-flops or apparel with slogans or commercial messages. Cell phones and hand-held electonic devices must be muted or set on vibrate.