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Wine tastings in May 2016 A pile of used corks. Photo credit: Yolanda Ortiz de Arri


Wine tastings in May 2016

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | May 2nd, 2016

As we do every month, we have summed up plenty of information with some of the most interesting activities for wine lovers across Spain throughout May. Log back onto the site  to check for updates and new events.

1-15 May. The Envero Awards are looking for 1,000 noses to taste and act as jury in the 19th edition of this competition that will be held on 21 May in Aranda de Duero (Burgos). Amateurs and professionals can both be members of the jury and inscriptions are free. 

5 May. Patios de Beatas restaurant in Málaga (Beatas, 43) presents a tasting of wines from Bodegas Luzón in Jumilla. The wines are: Luzón Blanco, Luzón Crianza, Altos de Luzón and Alma de Luzón. The tasting will be followed by a dinner. Time: 20:30 Price: €25  Bookings on +34 952 210350

6 May. The second revised and updated edition of the book Galicia entre copas, by Mariano Fisac, is the perfect excuse for a tasting in Enoteca Barolo (Príncipe de Vergara, 211, Madrid) with the following wines from Galicia: Gorgola Brut, Cabana das Bolborotas, (DO Rías Baixas); A Pita Cega 2014, Lagar de Sabariz; Altares de Postmarcos 2012, Adega Entre Os Ríos (IGP Viño da terra do Barbanza e Iria); La perdida Finca O Trancado 2014; Cume do Avia 2014, DO Ribeiro and Fedellos do Couto 2014, Cortezada (DO Ribeira Sacra). The tasting will led by Fisac with the company of some producers from various regions in Galicia. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Time: 20:30 Price: €30 Bookings on +34 91 745 1927

6 and 13 May. Wine store La Mercería in the town of Boadilla del Monte in Madrid presents a tasting of sherries in two parts. The first session, on May 6th, will include the following wines: Guitérrez Colosía Fino en Rama, Saca de primavera de manzanilla de Barbadillo, Maruja manzanilla and manzanilla pasada and  Williams & Humbert Fino. Time: 20:30 Price: €8 Bookings on +34 637 852 998

7 May. Ferran Centelles, ex sommelier at El Bulli and contributor on, presents in Barcelona (Hotel Catalonia Plaza, Plaza de España 6 and 8) a wine and food pairing seminar with concepts, techniques and trends where participants will be able to taste samples of food matched with wine. The seminar is addressed to both wine enthusiasts and trade professionals. Time: 10:30-13:30 and 15:00-18:00 Price: €175 + VAT A certificate issued by Outlook Wine will be handed to all participants. 

7-8 May. Poble Sec in Barcelona hosts the first Vermouth and Aperitif Festival with the presence of 20 vermouth brands from Spain and beyond such as Miró, Olave, Lacuesta or Pepa A Loba, among others. As well as vermouth, there will be some craft beers and cava and typical bites to pair with vermouth like olives, spicy chips, canned fish... Entrance is free. Location: Espai Crec (Blesa, 27) Opening hours: Saturday 11:00-23:00 and Sunday 11:00-21:00 

9 May. Wine store Vinacoteca in Barcelona (Valencia, 595) organizes a tasting of wines from DO Montsant focused mainly in local varieties such as Garnacha and Cariñena. The two-hour tasting will include the following wines: Dido La Universal Blanco 2014, Tros Blanco 2007 (Màgnum), Furvus 2012, Cabrida 2010, Acústic Celler Auditori 2013, Orto Vins Tallades de Cal Nicolau 2011, Tros Negre 2013, Venus La Universal 2005 and Espectacle 2013. Time: 20:30 Price: €45

9 and 30 May. The Verema Experience travels to Málaga (Museo Automovilístico, Edificio Tabacalera) and Madrid (30 May) with the presence of over 75 producers and distributors and their wines. Inscriptions are free but a €5 glass deposit is requested and will be reimbursed after the event. Time: 12:00 - 21:00

11 May. Lo Mejor del Vino de Rioja Tasting Club presents a young project led by four viticultores whose wines reflect one of the coolest areas in Rioja: Cordovín. Adrián, Arturo, José Miguel and Sergio Benés are the owners of Bodegas Valcuerna and will be at Hotel Gran Vía in Logroño with the following wines: Valcuerna Blanco 2015, Clarete 2015, Maceración Carbónica 2015, Crianza 2012, El Relevo tinto 2011 and blanco 2012 Time: 20:30 Price: 6 €

12 May. Presenting the rich diversity of Spanish wine is the aim of Vinos de España, Una Pasión, an event promoted by sherry producer Emilio Hidalgo. This year the tasting moves from Jerez to Palacio Bucarelli in Seville (Santa Ana, 40), with the presence of over 40 top producers from across the Spanish geography such as Abadía Retuerta, Álvaro Palacios, Barbadillo, Jiménez Landi, Recaredo, Coto de Gomáriz, Suertes del Marqués, Can Rafols deis Caus, Federico Schatz or Barco del Corneta, among others. Time: 11:30 - 19:30 Price: €25

13 May. Ruta del Vino in Santander (Arrabal, 18) organizes a tasting of white wines from around the world, with selections from Spain and other wine producing countries like Chile, France or Austria, among others. Time: 20:45 Price: €25 Inscriptions and further information on 942 216503

13-15 May. The Mostra de Vins i Caves del Baix Penedès, which will take place in Llorenç del Penedès near Barcelona, includes the presence of local producers such as Jané Ventura, Finca Mas Perdue or Cellers Domenys, among others as well as several other wineries from the rest of Cataluña. As well as tastings, the festival will have a paired wine cocktail workshop, a tasting of Riesling wines paired with paella, concerts and children’s activities. Prices vary depending on the activity.

14 May. El Celler de l’Aspic (Miquel Barceló, 31, Falset, Tarragona) holds a vertical tasting of Mas d’en Compte, one of Priorat’s most special wines given that it is made from garnatxa blanca, xarel.lo, picapoll and macabeu, the four white varieties in the area, The tasting will be led by Joan Sangenís, winemaker and owner of Celler cal Pla. Time: 21:00 Further information on +34 977 831 246

14 May. Bodegas Franco-Españolas in Logroño (Cabo Noval, 2) suggests a green harvest activity for adults and children. Attendees will hear an explanation of the different tasks carried out in the vineyard and will take part in the green harvesting activity: children, accompanied by adults, will decide which vine shoots must be cut. Afterwards there will be a chance to enjoy a snack al fresco and adults will visit the winery on a guided tour while the kids ave fun in the playroom. Time: 12:00 Price: Adults €25 and various prices for children. Bookings on +34 941 25 12 90

14-15 May. A new edition of the fair Arrels del Vi will be held at the Empordà village of Sant Martí d’Empúries with a chance to taste wines from the main producers in the area. Tickets cost €20 and include a Riedel glass, a guided tour of the Ruïnes d’Empúries and a tasting of “Mulsum” (Roman wine), children’s workshops, tapas and a €5 voucher to spend on wines at the fair. Time: from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 17:00 to 21:30

14-22 May. The DO Binissalem organizes Wine Days Mallorca in various villages of the island with the participation of 14 bodegas from this small appellation, as was as quality products made in the Balearic Islands (IGP Sobrasada de Mallorca, DO Aceite de Mallorca, Flor de Sal d’es Trenc, etc). There will be winery tours, art exhibitions, markets and concerts.

17 May. Bodega Urbana in Bilbao (Gran Vía, 66) presents a tasting of six txakolis from the three Basque appellations paired with five types of Idiazabal cheese. These are the wines that will be tasted: G22 by Gorka Izagirre 2014 and Gorrondona Beltza 2015 from Bizkaia, Eukeni 2015 and Malkoa 2014 from the Alava area and Hiruzta Berezi 2014 and K5 by Argiñano 2015 in Gipuzkoa. Time: 20:00 Price: €30 Bookings on telephone +34 944 416181

17 May. The Spanish Tasters Union (Lope de Vega, 27, Madrid) presents an unmissable tasting for anyone wishing to find out what's happening in Sherry country beyond the largest bodegas. Led by Miguel Ángel Llanos, the tasting will include wines from rising stars in the Triangle working the soils and returning to traditional winemaking styles such as Callejuela, Luis Pérez, Ramiro Ibáñez, Bodegas El Gato or Primitivo Collantes. Time: 19:00 Price: €35.

19 May. Lavinia (Ortega y Gasset, 16, Madrid) organizes a tasting of five wines and five chocolates with an explanation of their characteristics and their 16 combinations. Chocolat Factory will supply white chocolate, milk chocolate, red fruit chocolate, chocolate with nuts and dark chocolate. They will be paired with the following wines: Spielmann N'Alsace (Alsacia), Dominio do Bibei Lalama 2011 (Ribeira Sacra), Mas Asturias Massuria Mencía 2010 (Bierzo), Lustau Cream Solera East India (Jerez) and Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2010 (Oporto) Time: 18:30  Price: €40 

20 May. Wine retailer Tiza y Flor (César Elguezábal, 31) in Alicante organizes a tasting of wines from the Douro, in Portugal: Contraste Branco 2013, Crasto Superior 2013, Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2013, Conceito Bastardo 2013, Quinta do Javalí Reserva 2011 and Quinta do Javalí 2008 LBV. Cheeses by local shop La Cave a Fromage will be served after the tasting. Time: 20:15 Price: €30

22 May. The second Natural Wine Fair in Madrid returns again this year but this time it moves to a different venue with 20-odd producers such as Nacho González from La Perdida (Valdeorras), Manel Rodríguez from Wiss (Montsant), Fabio Bartolomei from Vinos Ambiz (Madrid) or Manuel and Lorenzo Valenzuela from Barranco Oscuro (Granada). A few foreign producers of natural wines will also be around such as Domaine Meyer (Alsace) and Frank Cornelissen (Sicily). In addition to the wine, there will be live cooking and artisan products. Location: Museo del Ferrocarril in Madrid (Paseo de las Delicias, 61) Time: 10:00 - 20:00 Price: €5 with an engraved glass to take away.

23 May. Monvínic in Barcelona (Diputació, 249), along with magazine Selectus Wines, presents the session "The magic of a great vineyard: Gramona Finca La Plana" with a vertical tasting led by Jaume Gramona. The wines on the tasting are: Gramona Cava III Lustros Brut Gran Reserva 2007; Gramona Cava Celler Batlle Brut Gran Reserva 2005; Gramona Cava Enoteca Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2001; Gramona Cava Enoteca Brut Gran Reserva 2001; Gramona Cava III Lustros Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2003, 2002, 2000; Gramona Cava Enoteca Brut Gran Reserva 2000 and 1999. Time: 20:00 Price: €75

24 May. Espai Penedès in Barcelona (Muntaner, 21) presents a tasting of six wines from various Catalan appellations paired with local artisan cheese. Some of the wines are: Salmos, Bodegas Torres (DO Priorat), Comangola Trepat, Cellers Domenys (Conca de Barberà), La Capella 2013 (Penedès), Can Bas and Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva, Muscàndia. Time: 20:00 Price: €19

25 May. Restaurant Piñera in Madrid (Rosario Pino, 12) organizes a paired dinner with five dishes and the wines of Dominio de Cair, the project that Luis Cañas from Rioja set up in Ribera del Duero. These are the wines that will be served: Cair Cuvé, Cair, Tierras de Cair and Pendón de la Aguilera. Time: 20:00 Price: €45

25 May. Restaurant Guardaviñas in Logroño (Marqués de San Nicolás, 47) presents a tasting of six whites and reds from Piedmont, at the foot of the Alps. At the end of the tasting, there will be a selection of dishes served to all participants. Time: 20:30 Price: €40

26 May. The 12th edition of Muestra de Garnachas moves to the Museum of  Zaragoza (Plaza de los Sitios, 6) with the presence of nine producers from the DO Campo de Borja: Alto Moncayo, Bodegas Aragonesas, Bordejé, Borsao, Pagos del Moncayo, Bodegas Román, Ruberte, Palmeri Sicilia and Crianzas y Viñedos Santo Cristo. The wines will be accompanied by Teruel ham and cheese from the Moncayo mountains. During the exhibition, there will also be a tasting of 12 wines including three Garnachas from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Time: 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-24:00 horas Price: €25

27-28 May. Have you ever dreamt of being one of the world’s 400-odd wine professionals who hold a Master of Wine title? The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) and Fundación para la Cultura del Vino organize a two-day seminar led by MW such as Pedro Ballesteros or Sarah Jane Evans, among others. They will explain the MW approach to the examination syllabus with a special focus on the writing and tasting skills required to become a Master of Wine. The class will include tastings of different wines from different regions of the world. As well as tastings throughout the day, evening dinners are included as part of the programme. The seminar is in English and will take place in Bodegas Muga, Haro. Price: €435.60

30 May. Under the title Quality wines classification - Challenge for the future or delusion for Rioja?, the 7th Diam Conference gathers in Logroño.  As well as a presentation by Rafael del Rey, director of Spain's Wine Observatory Foundation, there will be two panels moderated by journalist Andrés Preens where speakers will discuss the desirability of a new classification model for Rioja and the guidelines it should follow. Participants include wine producers Jaume Gramona and Juan Carlos Sancha and members of Rioja's Regulatory Body and  indie producers Rioja ’n’ Roll. Location: Restaurant Delicatto. Information and bookings on +34 941 237 520

Do you know of any interesting wine events which are not on this list? Are you a restaurateur or retailer who organises tastings or wine events for the general public? Send us your calendar to 

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