Last week, I was invited to a wine tasting and wine maker’s dinner with wines from the Spanish Ribera del Duero region, held at Restaurant Palægade. I’m constantly improving my knowledge and taste buds, but I will be the first to admit that I don’t know much about Spanish wines, so of course I was happy to learn more.
The tasting was hosted by acclaimed Danish wine maker Peter Sisseck, who owns wineries in Spain and became famous for his Dominio de Pingus wines. I’ve had the pleasure of tasting one of his wines, PSI 2013, at the amazing dinner at The Restaurant by Kroun earlier this year.
The program for the evening was hefty: the tasting itself was going to consist of 15 wines, and for dinner, we’d be served another 16 different wines. I haven’t quite mastered the art of spitting out my wine during tastings (both because it makes me feel bad, because someone spent a lot of time making this wine and here I am, spitting it out; and because it’s actually really hard to spit out wine without drooling all over yourself, which isn’t something I’m keen on doing at a nice restaurant surrounded by people!), so I stuck to just taking a sip or two of each wine.
The wines we tasted were mostly reds, with a couple of rosés thrown in the mix.
The tasting started out with a little excursion about the region itself and its peculiarities – it turns out Ribera del Duero is actually a very diverse region in terms of climate and soil, making it possible to create a wide range of wines. Some vineyards are very old, but new ones are opening all the time.
We then got into the tasting, conducted by the wine master himself, who was able to put a lot of interesting stories around the different wines and the makers, many of whom he is good friends with.
After the tasting was completed, we got to enjoy a lovely dinner, paired with even more amazing wines.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to taste Palægade’s amazing Beef Wellington, which I so loved last time I was there… but the menu was still great (though a bit heavy on the meat).
I had a great time learning more about the wines from Ribera del Duero, and it’s definitely a region I’ll have on my radar next time I’m buying wine – always good to diversify a little bit! I also love improving my nose and palate and noticing new and different flavors and aromas in the wines. It helps having a friend who’s and actual, educated expert at this and can help point them out!
What are your favorite wines? And what do you think about Ribera del Duero – have you tried any wines from the region? Let me know in the comments below!
I was invited to this wine tasting and dinner free of charge. I received no further compensation for this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.