Rueda and Verdejo Wines Media Showroom Hosted by D.O. Rueda @ Patria (Tue. May 28, 2019)

Bringing a little taste of Spain to Toronto, the D.O. (Designation of Origin) Rueda, is hosting a special wine showroom at Patria (478 King Street West). The event will feature 35 wines from 17 wineries (69 wineries in the region) with nine different wine stations alongside traditional Spanish food including a paella and charcuterie station. The evening will be hosted by Toronto’s very own Master Sommelier, Bruce Wallner, (Grand Cru Deli and Sommelier Factory) with wine agents and sommeliers on-site to discuss the complexity of the wines.

Where: Patria 478 King Street, West Toronto ON
When: Tuesday, May 28
TIme: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wineries being showcased:

Rueda, located in Castile and Léon, 170 km northwest of Madrid, is comprised of 72 municipalities in the provinces of Valladolid, Segovia and Avila.  The vineyards of Rueda specialize in the production and development of their 1000 year old indigenous grape variety Verdejo, which is a top-selling white wine in Spain. Unlike other Spanish wine regions, Rueda is the only region that specializes in white wine, and is the leader in the commercialization of quality white wines with 41% of the market share. The wines’ taste profile is more complex than Pinot Grigio and offers an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

Wines are available at the LCBO and wine agents across Canada. Located in the Duero River Basin, Rueda’s hostile climate of cold winters and extremely hot summers, and little rainfall create the perfect conditions to produce rich vineyards. The Verdejo grape combines herbal flavours (especially of the wild fennel which is abundant in the region) with intense fruit and acidity. This unique region also features a female owned and run winery: Bodegas José Pariente,  a female Master Sommelier, Almudena Alberca, A clone of Verdejo, Verdejo Malcorta grape Bodega Javier Sanz Viticultor, plus is one of the only areas in Europe to have pre-phylloxera vines.

About Master Sommelier Bruce Wallner: Bruce Wallner, Master Sommelier (MS) ,is one of only five Canadians who hold this title out of 244 in the world, is the founder and director of Canada’s finest wine educational facility, The SOMMELIER FACTORY. Originally, designed to help Sommeliers prepare for the MS exam and for world competitions, The SommFactory now trains industry professionals to become Certified Sommeliers and helps wine loving consumers to access and enjoy better wines. Previously, Bruce spent 12 years as the Head Sommelier of Palazzo Versace and Hotel du Vin. He was certified as Master Sommelier in London, November 2009. He likes to drink Riesling, Sangiovese, Syrah and anything else that touches the soul. Bruce’s restaurant, GRAND CRU DELI, opened in downtown Toronto on February 28, 2019.

About D.O. Rueda: D.O. Rueda was founded in 1980, the first D.O. in Castilla y Leon and is ranked as the top white wine region in the Spanish market, according to Nielsen. Situated on a high plateau with a continental climate, Rueda has long cold winters, short springs and hot summers, perfect for the Verdejo grape, the dominant varietal in the region. High elevations and gravelly stone soils allow the Verdejo to ripen by mid-September and develop deep aromas and flavors resulting in dry, fresh wines that are food-friendly and accessible.

About Rueda: Rueda is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in the Community of Castile and León. It comprises 72 municipalities, of which 53 are in the province of Valladolid, 17 are in the north of the province of Segovia, and two are in the north of the province of Ávila. It is known primarily for its fine white wines based on the verdejo grape. The D.O. is centred on the town of Rueda, in the province of Valladolid about 170 km northwest of Madrid.

The land is a flat high plain at an altitude of between 600 meters and 780 meters above sea level. The River Duero flows through the area from east to west. The climate is continental (long hot summers, cold winters) with a certain Atlantic maritime influences. Close to the River Duero the soils are alluvial with high lime content (max 24%). To the south the topsoil is brown and sandy with gravel and clay subsoil. Drainage is good, has rich iron content and is easy to plough. The main authorised white varieties are: Verdejo, Viura, Sauvignon blanc, while the authorised red varieties are Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Garnacha.

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