CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE CLUB LeCONTE

FEATURING SPANISH WINES AND TAPAS

Wednesday, 11 December, 6:30p.m.

SANTA WILL BE THERE  Santa

 

GENTLEMEN-JACKETS; LADIES-PRETTY

 

Amuse-Bouche

NV Agarena Cava Brut, $13

Spanish Sabores (olives)

Croquettes de Jamon (ham)

 

Tapa One

2013 Vina Pomal Reserva Rioja, $16-93pts

Avocado Gazpacho

Spicy Fried Calamari

 

Tapa Two

2018 Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat, $25-94pts

Spanish Omelet

Spanish Oxtail

 

Tapa Three

2014 Elias Mora Descarte Toro, $49-94pts

Gambas (butter garlic shrimp)

Spanish Chorizo Hash

 

Tapa Four

2015 Aalto Ribera Del Duero, $50-94pts

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Ropa Vieja (braised flank steak)

 

Dessert

Dulce de Leche with Honey

 

 

SEATING LIMITED TO 40 PERSONS.

ALL PRICES BELOW INCLUDE

WINE, FOOD, GRATUITY AND TAX.

$107 per person and $107 for one guest.

$112 per person for additional guests or non-members.

Reservations due by Sunday, December 8, 2019.

No refunds given after December 8.


 

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE CLUB LeCONTE

Ron Marcum, board member
 

Please join us for Christmas dinner at the Club LeConte, located atop Knoxville’s tallest building, the Plaza Tower.  The wines were selected by Thad Cox, proprietor of Ashe’s W&S.  The tapas will be prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Boyd.  Parking is available in the Tower garage ($4 cash or CC). Salud!

Spanish Wines 101. Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being Italy followed by France.  USA is the forth. 

Spanish wine production is governed by its Denominacion de Origen (DO) system which regulates viticultural and winemaking practices.

Spain

Most Spanish red, white and cava (sparkling) wine is produced in northern wine regions, with the exception being Sherry, a fortified wine produced in the southern Jerez region. 

Major red wine grapes are Tempranillo (Spain’s signature grape), Garnacha and Monastrell.  Major white wine grapes are Albariño, Macabeo and Palomino.

Wines are labeled according to the amount of aging they’ve received.  Crianza-aged I year, Reserva-aged 3 years, Gran Reserva-aged 5 years.



The Wines

 

NV Agarena Cava Brut, 100% Macabeo, 11.5% ALC. Requena Region.

A dense and fine mousse appearance with a pale yellow coloring, highlighted with green undertones,  Ideal as an aperitif and to accompany starters and desserts that are not too sweet.

 

2013 Vina Pomal Reserva, 100% Tempranillo, 14% ALC. Rioja Region.

Cinnamon, clove and oak-spice aromas frame notes of berries and citrus peels on the nose.  A full palate feels a touch oily and creamy, while this tastes of savory, lightly salted plum and berry fruits.  Wine Enthusiast 93.

 

2018 Alvaro Palacios, Garnacha/Syrah/Samso/Cab Blend, 14.5% ALC, Camins Del Priorat Region.

A layered and very dense Priorat with crushed-raspberry and slate character, as well as black tea. Full body. Ripe yet tight tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Drink now or hold.  James Suckling 94.

 

2014 Elias Mora Descarte, 100% Tempranillo, 14.5%, Toro Region.

Precise aromas of blackberry and cassis. The tight palate is ripped with tannic power and offers chocolaty black fruit flavors that are toasty and spicy with a dry, peppery and tannic finish that lingers.  Wine Enthusiast 94.

 

2015 Aalto, 100% Tempranillo, 14.5% ALC, Ribera Del Duero Region.

This bold red is rich and mouthfilling, with ripe plum and currant fruit mingling with cocoa, expresso and mineral notes. The big tannins are well-integrated , and balsamic acidity keeps this focused. Generous but remains balanced. Drink now through 2027. Wine Spectator 93. Robert Parker 94.


RESERVATIONS AND PROCEDURES

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1. Fill out the Reservation form on line and either mail in your check (with form) or pay using PayPal,
        or
2. Leave a message the Wine Society Answering machine at 896-3753 (note the new phone number) or e-mail reserve@ws4et.com. State clearly your name, your membership number, the event(s) you wish to attend and the number of reservations you are requesting. Then, promptly mail your check with this form to: The Wine of East Tennessee, Post Office Box 52861, Knoxville, TN 37950-2861 or through PayPal (You do not need a PayPal account).



                                           WINE SOCIETY VOICEMAIL SYSTEM

To make phone reservations, call the Wine Society voicemail at 865-896-3753, leave your name, membership number--or say non-member, and the names of your guests.  Then follow the reservation policy above.  Non-members will receive email reservation confirmation.