Thursday, June 1
6-8 PM $12 no reservations required

Los Angeles natural wine organic biodynamic
Tonight, please join us as we explore the profound influence of the Atlantic Ocean upon Spanish red wines grown near the coast. Sometimes, it seems to me that if you open a bottle of Txakolina and place your ear near it, you can hear waves washing up the shore (ok, perhaps it’s just the bubbles), and I wouldn’t be the first to observe that Txakolina, a wine from Spanish Basque country, tastes as salty as the sea. We’re tasting a Txakolina tonight without bubbles, produced from a tiny parcel of vines that are over 150 years old, a pre-phylloxera treasure with a view of the Atlantic. This is a savory and leafy wine from a time capsule vineyard, wild yeast fermented and then aged without oak barrel. From a few kilometers to the southwest we’re tasting a red from Rías Baixas, made primarily from the rare sousón grape, with just a splash of the more common red grape of the region, mencia. Again, no oak, just unadorned wine, with a shockingly low ABV of only 10.5 percent. And finally, a negramoll-based red from Victoria Torres, who has become one of our favorite growers in the Canary Islands. Negramoll is an old variety originally from the Iberian Peninsula (where it is, I believe, extinct) that has found a home hundreds of miles south on the Canary Islands and Madeira. Some folks assert that it’s a cross between pinot noir and grenache, but I find that a dubious hypothesis. The soils here are volcanic, and perhaps you will taste a bit of smoke from these old negramoll vines, some of which are well over 100 years old.

Doniene Gorrondona Txakolina Tinto 2015
Matias í Torres Negramoll Canary Islands 2015
Fento Tinto Rías Baixas 2014

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