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La Bodega Wine Club

01/05/2022

All about your January wine!

Cheers to you, and 2022!

Rioja is a region located in North Central Spain, and boasts the title of it's oldest region.

Nestled in a valley, and protected on all sides by mountains, Rioja has its own microclimate. When phylloxera devastated Bordeaux in the 1870’s many French growers came to Rioja. They found it had very similar growing conditions, so they brought their innovation and additional knowledge of winemaking to Rioja.

Rioja was the first wine region in Spain to be awarded DO status and is now one of only two regions in Spain to have the DOCa (Qualified Denomination of Origin).

Rarely do you come across wine regions with as distinctive, yet varied, geologies as you do in Rioja. 

first dibs

Rafael Cambra 'Mateo' Garnacha

Bodegas Rafael Cambra is a family owned nursery where they grow vine stocks for many famous bodegas. Rafael himself studied oenology in France, and apprenticed in Rioja. Always wanting to return, this is his first venture with a Rioja wine, and he named it after his first son Mateo.

This organic, dry-farmed beauty is 100% Garnacha. It has notes of blackberry, pepper, and violet on the nose. The palate is juicy, while also being very smooth and balanced.

We recommend pairing this with smoked salmon, BBQ, and special occasions (taking a shower counts as a special occasion, these days).

Exclusive club member pricing is $22.50/bottle for the month (shelf pricing will be $25.00).

All club members are welcome to purchase extra bottles of current clubs, for 10% off (when available).

If you would like to utilize our contactless pick-up option for your club at Metro, please call us at 907-569-3800 [ext. 1]. To use this option, the name on the ID must match the name of the person on the club list. 

Quirus Tempranillo Blanco

Yes we DID say Tempranillo Blanco. 

Currently owned by its 6th generation, Bodegas Quiroga de Pablo has been growing grapes and producing wine in their estate since 1850.

The original winery was built underground and is still in use. They harvest by hand, helping to ensure that they select grapes based on their optimal ripeness. 

After fermentation, the wines are aged in different types of oak casks, and the blending is done from different casks of the same vintage. Then, bottle-aged in the underground cellar. Bodegas Quiroga de Pablo practices dry and organic farming. 

The Quirus Tempranillo Blanco is very elegant with aromas of citrus and white flowers. The palate is fresh, and well-balanced, with a long and pleasant finish.

We recommend pairing this darling wine with fresh shellfish, crab legs, and salmon. 

Ochoa 'La Foto' de 1938

To life and friendship!

5th generation winery owner Javier Ochoa has passed the torch to the 6th generation; his two daughters Adriana Ochoa and Beatriz Ochoa.

Adriana has done extensive training and winemaking in Bordeaux and Australia, and has been awarded ‘Best Young Female Winemaker in Spain’ by several wine magazines. Their 145 acres of vineyards and olive orchards are currently being converted to organic agriculture.

The Ochoa 'La Foto' de 1938 is a blend of 30% Tempranillo, 30% Merlot, 30% Graciano, 10% Grenache and a very deserved tribute to Ochoa´s 4th generation owner. Adriano Ochoa, who ran the bodega during the Spanish civil war period, always had a bottle of his “special wine” for his many friends. Needless to say, this wine is crafted to celebrate life and friendship.

On the nose, red currant, black cherries, vanilla, and white pepper. On the palate it shows great concentration of these flavors with firm tannins, and excellent balance. Fresh, fruity and versatile, this wine sings with harmony and a wonderful finish. 

As for a pairing, maybe it's finally time for us to learn how to make paella? We'll let you go first. 

Contact

M - Sat 10AM - 9PM & Sun 12PM - 7PM

(907) 569-3800 + cheers@labodegastore.com

Located in the Metro Mall

La Bodega 530 East Benson Blvd Suite 5 Anchorage, Alaska 99503 USA
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