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Asheville couple presents Spanish wine to NYC tasters

At a Tastemaker’s Table event last month held at The Kitchen Table restaurant in New York City, Felix and Katie presented Rias Baixas Albariño wines paired with select dishes. They described the nuances of the Spanish wines based on terroir and sub-regions and discussed what foods pair well with each one.

Two wine bloggers in attendance wrote about the event, sharing information and photos of the food and featured wines. Cathrine Todd writes the “Dame Wine” blog and Wanda Mann writes the “Black Dress Traveler” blog, both of which contain great wine information and photos.

 

“The Antidote to Boring Wine: Albariño from Rias Baixas”

Wanda writes, “A refreshing sip on its own, Albariño is also incredibly food-friendly. I was deliciously reminded of the wine’s versatility at a recent tasting of Albariño from Rias Baixas paired with food prepared by acclaimed Chef Katie Button of Cúrate tapas bar in Asheville, North Carolina.”

Felix and Katie sample wine at the Rias Baixas event. Photo courtesy of Wanda.

Felix and Katie sample wine at the Rias Baixas event. Photo courtesy of Wanda at Blackdresstraveler.com.

“The vineyards of Rias Baixas are divided into five sub-zones with unique micro-climates. Albariño from Rias Baixas often displays beautiful aromas of green apple, honeysuckle, citrus, ripe melon, peach, pear and apricot. On the palate, Albariño perks up your taste buds with vibrant acidity and minerality and can range in style from crisp and dry to soft and peachy, and even earthy. Albariño is a white wine with personality!”

Chef Katie's food pairings were designed to accentuate the flavors in each wine. Photo by Wanda at Blackdresstraveler.com

Chef Katie’s food pairings were designed to accentuate the flavors in each wine. Photo by Wanda at Blackdresstraveler.com

Wanda presents a few of her favorite Albariños to close the blog post.

An assortment of Allbariños to taste at the event. Photo by Wanda from Blackdresstraveler.com

An assortment of Allbariños to taste at the event. Photo by Wanda from Blackdresstraveler.com

 

“Deconstructing the Terroir (Sense of Place) of Rias Baixas, Spain with a Memorable Couple”

Cathrine describes each sub-region in her blog and the difference in subtle flavors. Her post also mentions the importance of geographic-specific labeling on wines. She voices her appreciation for the Albariños from Rias Baixas and truly enjoyed Felix and Katie’s presentation.

The food and wine at the Rias Baixas event. Photo by Cathrine at Damewine.com

The food and wine at the Rias Baixas event. Photo by Cathrine at Damewine.com

“I have to say that I was really impressed by Button and Meana… not just because they knew a lot, or they were obviously talented…but I was most impressed because they represented why some of the best get into the food and wine business: to serve the customer. They had graciousness and enthusiasm that was infectious and you knew they were most alive when they were serving people.”

Katie and Felix present at The Kitchen Table in New York. Photo courtesy Cathrine at Damewine.com

Katie and Felix prepare to present at The Kitchen Table in New York. Photo courtesy Cathrine at Damewine.com

Cathrine finishes by sharing her tasting notes from each of the wines presented.

The Rias Baixas map in the program guide. Photo by Cathrine at Damewine.com

The Rias Baixas map in the program guide. Photo by Cathrine at Damewine.com

The event was a great way for Felix and Katie to share their knowledge and expertise with a new audience. They also brought Southern flavors to New York, with a short but varied menu of creative cuisine.

The menu for the evening. Photo by Felix Meana

The menu for the evening. Photo by Felix Meana

Make a reservation at Cúrate and create your own Albariño tasting!

 

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