FINCA & Bodegas Alzania Spanish Wine Dinner
Saturday, April 18th at 6:30 PM, at FINCA, 327 West 200 South
$45 tasting menu, $45 wine pairings + gratuity
I first met winemaker and owner José Manuel Echeverría and his family while visiting different vineyards in Spain about five years ago. He and his wife, Maria Seanz Olazabal, both come from wine-making families and spent many years working in other vineyards before starting their own vineyard and winery in the Navarra region of Spain. Bodegas y Vinedos Alzania stood out immediately for its remarkable, small production wines. José Manuel is very precise in his wine-making and runs a meticulous winery and vineyard. He’s also a great cook and a lovely host, and as we sat together talking, sharing dinner and tasting and discussing each wine, I knew I wanted to feature several of the Alzania wines on Finca’s regular wine menu and, if possible, bring José Manuel to our great Salt Lake City. This is the second year we’re lucky enough to host him to share his wines and his story with us in person during one of his few stops on his tour in the U.S.
Executive Chef Phelix Gardner, Chef de Cuisine Dallas Olson and Sous Chef Carter Light and their team are offering a special five-course tasting menu to pair perfectly with five Spanish wines from Bodegas y Vinedos Alzania, including Tempura Calcots (green onions) with romesco buerre blanc and cracked black pepper, Hominy Risotto with spinach, raisins, pine nuts, and Moroccan Spiced Spring Lamb (rack) with smoked vanilla and stone fruit chutney, cous cous. The menu will be paired with five Alzania wines, three that are available in Utah and two wines special ordered for Finca (2009 Alzania Syrah and 2007 Alzania 21 del 10) to share at this wine dinner. The tasting menu is $45 for food and $45 for wine pairings, plus gratuity. There is limited space available for this special event, so please email email@example.com to make reservations.
Brad Jensen from Bon Vivant Imports (www.bonvivantimports.com) gives more background on this wonderful region and winemaker:
On the southern slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains in Northern Spain, sits the Basque region of Navarra. A land with thousands and even millions of years of vine growing history (traces of Vitis Silvestris were recently discovered - dating back 5 million years!), Navarra is a region that has been known for its bulk wine exportation in the first half of the 20th century, to its rosé wines of the 1980’s, to now having a quality fine wine focus that travels worldwide. There are five major sub regions within Navarra that all have a different sun exposure, different river influences, and varying grape varieties, thriving each on their own to make the wines of a once great and vast kingdom. Exploring the beautiful products of this area proves to be exciting since so many international varietals are historically cultivated here along with the traditional Spanish grapes.
Since 1999, Jose Manuel (owner and winemaker of Bodegas y Vinedos Alzania) has developed a reputation among his peers as one of the top winemakers in Spain. His bodega produces less than 4,000 cases per year of small lot hand-crafted wines. Each vintage, his release of new wines shows a consistent and exceptional dedication to the varying estate fruit of his vineyards, and results in wines of elegance and concentration that can stand up to the top wines of the world.