J. Strecker Selection Update – Invasion of Spain at Portalis!

A big thank-you to all of you who have so wonderfully supported our direct import wines over the last few months. We’ve had so much fun spreading the “J. Strecker” label all over the city (and beyond). We started out with two containers of French wines that were a big hit right from the start. The best thing about importing wine is that there is always more delicious juice to come…and come it has – with a vibrant red & yellow flag. Move over France, there’s a new wine in town – bold fruit, elegant oak, spice and silk, whatever your dream is — you can find it in our new Spanish line-up.

To say we are excited about our recent container of Spanish wines is a bit of an understatement. Believe me, there is something for everyone here, no matter if your style is old or new world – the wines will take your palate for a ride. The sales team had the opportunity to taste all of the wines the day after they arrived and frankly, we were blown away by how amazing they tasted so quickly from their long journey. Jens, however, was not surprised at all. He hand-selected these wines on one of his buying trips last spring. With a knowing grin on his face, he just watched us as we ‘oohed and ahhed’ over each Spanish delight. He definitely has a gift for spotting quality for the money, and that’s why I will always drink whatever he is pouring. Taste and learn my friends, you too will become a believer.

Below are a couple of my personal favorites, but there are many more to be enjoyed. They range from the easy & smooth-fruited (gulpable comes to mind) to the more chewy, dark-berried, ‘must have a grilled steak right now’ kind of wine. Several of these wines are offered by the glass at the bar, so feel free to stop by and taste for yourself what Spain hasto offer.

Bodegas Maset NV “NU” Reserva Brut Cava
Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $12.99 | Mixed Case $10.39
Grapes: Macabeo, Parellada, Xarello
Aged 30 months in oak casks, this Cava has the quality of a fine French cremant.  Pear & almond aromas with a creamy mouth-fill, great acidity with a dry, light citrus finish. When you drink bubbles as much as we do, this refreshing Cava is certainly a blessed discovery.

Bodegas Casto Pequeño 2010 “Chamelin”

Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $15.99 | Mixed Case $12.79
Grapes: Verdejo
Need a “go to” white that’s a crowd pleaser but different from the usual suspects? This Verdejo does not only please, but pretty much everyone that tries it wants their own bottle. Crisp with a mellow-richness, notes of lemon peel & apple. Great with cheese & seafood.

Bodegas Juan Ramirez 2001 Alba de Los Infantes
Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $15.99 | Mixed Case $12.79
Grapes: Tempranillo
From Valdepeñas, a gorgeous red made from 50 year-old vines and aged 15mths in new French oak. Chewy, with dark berry, licorice & cocoa. Finish is bold, dark velvety fruit with a fair amount of grip. Roasted meats, Serrano ham or strong cheese would suit this wine just fine.

Bodegas Marques de Montecierzo 2007 “Emergente” Tinto
Reg $12.99  | INSIDER $11.99 | Mixed Case $9.59
Grapes: 40% Tempranillo, 30% Garnacha, 30% Merlot
Looks can be deceiving. This un-oaked value-priced red has a lot going on in the bottle. From the Navarra region of Spain, this family-owned winery produces top quality wines. Medium-bodied with layers of raspberry, dark cherry & moderate spice. Super easy sipper that will pair well with grilled meats, paella or just on it’s own.

–Cheers, Gina

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