March 2, 2017: “Discover Navarra….Discover Your Style of Wine” – a food and wine demo presented by Chef/Owner Deborah Hansen of Taberna de Haro and April Cullom at Boston University Food & Wine Studies.
Guests from the culinary and wine studies classes, importers, retailers and journalists enjoyed a 4-course meal prepared by the students at Boston University’s culinary program with the instruction of Chef Hansen which were paired with 14 wines from Navarra. Not only did the guests learn about the D.O. Navarra and its diverse terroir and climate but also about the range of styles of wines found in the region, allowing guests to discover their style of wine and to better understand what their style of wine is and why.
The Navarra region located in Northern Spain was for years known largely as a producer of Rosé wines, often made from Garnacha.
Over time, that has changed. Today, Navarra features Reds, Whites and Rosés made from a myriad of varieties both local and international. I just tasted through some current release wines from Navarra and I found a lot to like. The wines I sampled offered tons of genuine flavors that are true to the grapes in play. Additionally, they also represent really good values that are well priced for everyday drinking. However, the quality and complexity of a couple selections make them appropriate for special occasions or gifting too.
Spain’s Navarra DO has officially brought its 2016 harvest to a close, with the general manager of the Consejo Regulador Navarra predicting an “excellent” 2016 vintage.
Neighbour to Rioja, the region of Navarra in northern Spain extends from the central Pyrenees in the north to the Ebro Valley to the south.
Since the 1980s, when it was more commonly associated with rosé wine made from Garnacha, the region has been successful in making a name for itself outside of its domestic markets, and is now known for its production of modern, keenly-priced wines thanks to vast improvements in winemaking technology and innovation in the region.
Because it is less well-known than its closest neighbour, Rioja, wines from Navarra tend to be good value.
We bring you 11 benchmark wines from across Spain’s most diverse, underrated and northerly wine region: Navarra.
Following a masterclass on the region in London last month, which was jointly hosted by the drinks business and Jordi Vidal, general manager of DO Navarra, we bring you tasting notes and other details on the wines we showed to highlight what this region has to offer.
From delicious Chardonnays to refreshing rosés, along with smooth red blends, and varietal Garnachas, Navarra can turn its hand to many wine styles, using both native grapes and French varieties – the Kingdom of Navarra came under French rule for almost 300 years.