And now for the main attraction……
Please join the festivities at Vizcaya Thursday March 1 @ 7pm for a Bodegas Resalte Wine & food pairing Dinner – $75 per person. Here’s a list of the wines that you will be tasted on:
Resalte – Gran Resalte
All of the wines can be purchased during the event and picked up at Casa Jimenez.
Please RSVP at Vizcaya 813-968-7400 to attend.
**Wine tasting @ Casa J this Friday 6-8pm**
On to Wines……..
Just in is this jewel of the Iberian Peninsula – Finca La Emperatriz 2012 Reserva – Rioja, Spain
We’re one of the first places in town to carry this blend of Tempranillo (94%) with a small proportion of Grenache (3%), Viura (2%) and Graciano (1%), all typical varieties of La Rioja.
The grapes come from old vines over 60 years old, planted on a white rocky soil with a sandy loam surface.
A soil with good drainage, and the white color of the stone helps facilitate a greater insolation of grapes. A poor, hard ground, which gives the wines a personal elegance and mineral nuances. The vineyard is planted at 570 metres, with a continental climate tempered by the influence of the Cantabrian Sea.
The harvest is done manually. The process begins with fermentation, which occurs at a controlled temperature of 23 degrees before a soft maceration for 8 days.
Finca La Emperatriz Reserva is aged in American oak barrels (70%) and French oak barrels (30%) for 24 months and in bottle 22 months.
Little tidbit this winery is AKA the winery of the Empress of France here’s the story:
Casa J price $29.99 (Robert Parker 92 points, Decantalo 91 points, Penin 91 points)
And now trailers for next weeks episode…..
Geeky computer whiz & competitive wine guzzling champ, Ace, is not happy to discover that his long-time girlfriend, Gwen, has been abducted by villainous sorcerer Mestema Phylloxera. Mestema promises to release Gwen if Ace can complete seven different challenges in seven different wine region realms. Ace consents, and Mestema equips him with a computerized wristband capable of squirting wine lasers and transports him to face the perils he must survive if he ever wants to see Gwen again.
Here’s the actual trailer if interested:
See you when you get here!!
Andy “Ace de la Tampa” Jimenez
3830 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618