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My Guest Appearance at the Greater Washington Wine School

Last week I met up with Jane Hermansen of the Greater Washington Wine School to be a guest speaker during her “Discovering Spain” class.  I met Jane several years ago while tasting wine with our mutual friend Shane Verburg.  Shane works at Bacchus Importers so it is natural that wine lovers gather at his house.  Jane developed a love of wine while she worked at Vidalia.  Owners Sallie and Jeff Bubens encouraged her to explore her interests by attending local tasting, meet distributors, and to travel to wine regions.  In addition to working part-time at the Wine Specialist she studied with the Society of Wine Educators and Rob Stewart, eventually becoming a certified Sommelier.  She started the Greater Washington Wine School in the fall of 1998.  Today she continues to teach classes both privately and at Bradley Food &Beverage located in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Author and Jane Hermansen

This class was attended by a dozen people.  Jane presented six wines: a sparkler, a white, and four red all of which were under $20.  To accompany the wine Bradley Food & Beverage put out a variety of crackers, cheeses, oils, and other snacks.  In between Jane’s discussions I was pleased to talk a bit about myself, this blog, and thoughts about the wine being tasted.  If you are looking for a casual and friendly atmosphere to learn about wine then you should certainly contact Jane.  Many thanks again to Jane for inviting me and I hope you enjoy your upcoming three week wine-tour of Australia and New Zealand.  Below you will find my brief impressions of the wines we tasted.

The Wines

NV Anna de Codorniu, Brut, Cava, Catalonia – $16
Imported by Frederick Wildman & sons. This wine is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, and 15% Parellada, and 15% Macabeo. Light white fruit with very fine bubbles.

2010 El Coto, Blanco, Rioja – $13
This wine is 100% Viura which was fermented then aged for 3-6 months in stainless steel. White fruit, good acidity, some weight to the wine, and hints of spice.

2008 Bodegas Bilbainas, Vina Zaco, Rioja – $18
This wine is 100% Tempranillo aged for nine months in 50% American and 50% French used oak.  There were aromas and flavors of darker fruit in this modern wine.  Easy going with some barrel notes.

2010 Bodegas Santa Quieteria, Altitud 1.100, Almanza – $9
Imported by Grapes of Spain. This wine is 100% Garnacha Tintorera sourced from 20-50 year old vines located at 1,100 meters. It was fermented, underwent malolactic fermentation, then aged in stainless steel. Cooler blue and black fruit, light to medium bodied, rounded mouthfeel, a complete easy-going wine at a cheap price.

2010 Cellar Pinol, Ludovicus, Tierra Alta – $16
Imported by OLE. This wine is a blend of 40% Garnacha, 20% Syrah, 15% Carinena, 15% Tempranillo, and 10% Merlot which was aged four to six months in American and French oak barrels. Riper fruit, jammy, lots of flavors but a little low on the acidity.

2010 Emilio Moro, Finca Resalso, Ribera del Duero – $20
A Jorge Ordonez Selection imported by the Country Vintner. This wine is 100% Tinto Fino sourced from young vines 5‐15 years old which was aged four months in French oak barrels. Black fruit, structured with obvious fine+ tannins and acidity.  Tasty but cleary young and should develop with age.

  1. April 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

    How does one contact the Greater Washington Wine School to learn about the classes offered?

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