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Can’t make it to Spain? Contact us for private Spanish wine tasting classes and events.

April holds both Intermediate and Advanced WSET certificates (honorable mention in both) and is also a certified Spanish Wine Educator by the Wine Academy of Spain. She has worked for Spanish wine regions such as the Kingdom of Navarra, Bierzo, Rueda, Toro, Cigales and for three years she represented Ribera del Duero as the U.S. Brand Ambassador & Trade Liaison travelling nationally to educate trade, press and consumers about the wines from the region.

Wine Tasting Classes Objectives:

  • Discover what kind of wine you like and why
  • Learn about the indigenous grapes
  • Explore new D.O.s (appellations)
  • Understand the differences between “Joven” and “Crianza”
  • Translate the wine label
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Annual Charity Benefit Event Avon Breast Cancer Walk

For the past 9 years, April has been organizing a Spanish wine tasting fundraiser for breast cancer research. Each October, she participates in the New York City Avon 39-mile Walk for Breast Cancer. The benefit helps to raise the $1,800 needed to donate in order to participate in the 2-day walk. This year’s benefit will take place in New York City in early October.To request an invitation, kindly send her an email to info@casaabril.com indicating your desire to attend the benefit to raise money for breast cancer research and prevention.
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Contact April at 212.945.8689 or by email at acullom@casaabril.com

For those of you who have joined us before and want to look up a wine, please see below for the best of the best.

WHITE WINES

Pazo de Eiras, Vinos Artesanos de Calidad
DO: Rias Baixas, 100% Albarino

If you liked this, try a Ribeiro with Torrontes and Treixadura.
Also, along the same lines are crisp, tangy whites from Rueda made with Verdejo and Viura.

The “alluvial” soil, wet, cool climate and Atlantic breeze is what makes these wines taste so special.

Vina Godeval, 2001, Bodegas Godeval
D.O.: Valdeorras, 100% Godello

Vina Mein, Casal de Mein
D.O.: Ribeiro, Treixadura (80%), Godello (15%), Albarino/Torrontes/Loureiro (5%)

Txomin Etxaniz, Etxaniz Txakolina
D.O.: Getariako Txakolina, 85% Hondarrabi Zuri, 15% Hondarrabi Beltza

Vina Esmeralda, Bodegas Miguel Torres
D.O.: Penedes, 85% moscatel, 15% gewürztraminer

Vina Canchal, Bodegas Cave San Jose
DO Ribera de Guadiana, %100 Pardina

Maset del Lleo, Gran Reserva, Bodegas Maset del Lleo
DO Cava, Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada

Monte Real, Bodegas Riojanas
D.O.: Rioja, 100% Viura

Puerta del Sol Malvar, Bodegas Vinos Jeromin
DO Vinos de Madrid, 100% Malvar, aged 4 months American oak

Tio Pepe Fino, Gonzalez Byass
DO Jerez, 100% Palomino Fino
If you liked this, try a “Manzanilla” from Sanlucar de Barrameda

The “albariza” soil, Atlantic breeze, and lack of rain is what makes this wine so special.

ROSADOS

Viña Chozo, Bodegas Pablo Morate
DO Vinos de Madrid, 100% Tempranillo

Vina Torres de Casta, Bodegas Torres
D.O.: Cataluna, 65% Garnacha, 35% Cariñena

Cordoniu Cava Rosado, Cordoniu
D.O.: Cava, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Señorio de Sarria, Vinedo Numero 5, 2002, Bodegas de Sarria
DO Navarra, 60% Garnacha, 40%Cariñena

REDS

Canchales, Tinto Joven, Bodegas Riojanas
D.O.: Rioja, Tempranillo (80%), Mazuelo (15%), Graciano (5%)

Viña Canchal, Tinto Joven, Bodegas Cave San Jose
DO Ribera de Guadiana, 100% Tempranillo

Valdelosfrailes, 2000, Bodegas
D.O.: Cigales, 100% Tempranillo

Riberal, Crianza, Bodegas Santa Eulalia
D.O.: Ribera del Duero, 100% Tempranillo

Castillo de Urtau(Joven), Bodegas Lambuena
DO Ribera del Duero, 100% Tempranillo

Castaño Solanera, Bodegas Solanera
D.O.: Yecla, 85% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 months oak

G, Dehesa de Gago, Telmo Rodiguez
D.O.: Toro, 100% Tinta del Toro

Clos del Mas, Clos del Mas
DO Priorat, 65% Garnacha, 35% Carinena

Mas Viló, Maset del Lleo
DO Priorat, 65% Garnacha, 35% Carinena, 6 months French oak

Thanks to Priorat’s “Llicorella” or quartzite & slate soil we have a very unique wine.

1434 Crianza, Don Alvaro de Luna
DO Madrid, 100% Garnacha

The sand, clay, limestone and arid climate bring out the “spice” and acidity in this wine.

Grego, Vinos Jeromin
DO Madrid, 75% Tempranillo, 25% Syrah

If you liked this style, try wines from further south in DO’s such as Jumilla, Yecla, and Bullas as they produce “jammy”, stewed berries, with lots of body style wines. Carinena, Bobal, Garnacha, Monastrell are typical varietals that produce that style of wine. But if you prefer a little more spice then try some wines from Toro.

Puerta del Sol Varietales, Vinos Jeromin
DO Madrid, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 30% Tempranillo

Ramirez de la Piscina, Ramirez de la Piscina
DO Rioja, 95% Tempranillo, 25% Viura

Alternatives to try: wines from Cigales or Navarra that offer similar profiles and Ribera del Duero wines makes even fuller-bodied wines from Tempranillo.

Marques de Caceres, 2003, Bodegas Caceres
D.O. : Rioja, Tempranillo (80%), Garnacha (20%)

The combination of a temperate climate with alluvial, calcareous clay, and in some places ferruginous soil provides the perfect place to grow the Tempranillo varietal.

 

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