Valencia International and Ricardo´s Blog….New Wine Tasting Sessions Established!



Talking about Wines from Bodegas Flors.

Talking about Wines from Bodegas Flors.

Valencia has a new series of wine-tastings now firmly established and taking place monthly in the capital of the Community.

A collaboration between Bob Yareham of VLC International, a new on-line service offering articles on events, personalities and news in and around Valencia and this blog the tastings are an extension of a service which has been offered for some time. There are many Spanish professionals with a need to speak English as part of their everyday working lives, whether they be lawyers, teachers, wine-makers, marketing executives or whatever.

Often there is a need to socialise with clients and being able to talk about wine in English confidently is a helpful  tool. It carries a number of other not immediately seen benefits as well. Sadly it is a fact that many Valencians still do not know their own excellent range of wines very well. These tastings will only use wines from the Valencian community as a way of aiding their promotion in another format. It is also an enjoyable way of doing a bit of learning!!!


The tastings are being held in restaurants in Valencia as a way of offering them both potential clients and the chosen bodegas  to their wine lists. All round  the format has the potential to be a big winner for all concerned. But we are also flexible and tastings can be held on business premises if there are sufficient staff needing or wanting the training.

Nor are the tastings too complicated. The aim is to provide a service where the emphasis is on client participation in the use of English rather than a detailed examination of wine-making techniques although there is an element of education in the accompanying presentation! Wine is the vehicle and it is proving a popular one at that!

The first tasting in September showed the four wines from Finca Collado in DO Alicante ( ) and was held in de Calle restaurante in Conde Altea (  .)
Blanco, Finca Collado

Blanco, Finca Collado

The white from Finca Collado is the flagship wine, a winner of three awards with the  2010 and 2011 vintages. The 2012 is still available and the 2013 promises to be the best yet! It is a fresh, fruity blend of Oak aged chardonnay with moscatel, unique in the Valencian Community. Moreover for a white which is usually drunk young, it has good ageing potential as a special tasting for Pedralba wine club showed, the 2009 white still being well-balanced!
We also looked at the rosado, a pure Merlot, fresh and fruity with an underlying touch of bubble gum and boiled sweets and a mineral dry finish….excellent with seafood dishes!
The two reds also came in for scrutiny. The 2010 tinto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Soft and easy drinking the wine is very popular and versatile for drinking on its own or with a good meal. The 2010 pure Merlot has just won a bronze award at the San Francisco International wine-fair and is a wine aged in a 3500 litre oak cone. It is a big, round wine with long ageing potential.

The second tasting on 22 October was also held in de-calle and showed the wines of Daniel Belda, the Fontanares based bodega which is in DO Valencia.

Tasting Outside the Belda Bodega.

Tasting Outside the Belda Bodega.

The new 2012 Chardonnay with barrel fermentation and light crianza is fresh, dry and was very popular. But of the whites the Verdil 2013 ( the first wine to be released each year in the Northern hemisphere) was full of gooseberry and elderflower, proved the more popular.

The two reds were the Tempranillo and the Migjorn. The former is an intense red colour with a nose redolent of red fruits. It is a well-balanced fruity and oaky wine. The Migjorn has 12 months in French oak and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is a deep cherry red coloured wine with a violet edge. Mature fruit and oak vie on the nose and in the mouth it is fruity, fresh, and round, a big mouthful!

For the third tasting we moved on to `Abierto´a restaurant in Carmen where C/ Caballeros meets C/Quart.

In keeping with the theme of finding wines from across Valencia we chose three reds from Bodega Vicente Flors from Les Useres in Castellon.

The first was the Flor de Clotas a Tempranillo with 5 months crianza in French and American oak from vines with 70 years of age. The wine has a complex fruity nose  with truffle, chocolate and liquorice and in the mouth is round, fruity and has a long finish.

The Clotas Tempranillo is blended with about 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and has 14 months crianza. A deep opaque wine with fruits of the forest on the nose, the wine has fruit and balsamic notes, chocolate and a long persistent finish. Both of these wines are good with artichoke dishes.

Wines from Flors.

Wines from Flors.

The third wine was the Clotas Monastrell. Also from 70-year-old vines the wine has 14 months of ageing in French oak, but this time barrels which have been used before and thus impart softer tannins. Cherry red it has jammy red fruit on the nose and a hint of violet, whilst in the mouth it is well structured, smooth, balanced, with a long finish. Another wine to drink slowly and enjoy with pure chocolate!

Around 20 places are available for each of the tastings and dates are being considered for a December meeting. Get your name on the list for the next four Valencian wines from a quality local producer!!!!!


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