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Behind the Bar: Northern Spain with Matt Connor

March Behind The Bar Tasting Series at The Studio

The vast world of alcohol can be intimidating. Whether it's beer, wine, or spirits, there are an overwhelming number of options, and it can be a challenge to figure out what you might enjoy when you are flying blind. To help with this we're launching "Behind the Bar" - an educational tasting series where we bring in some of our favorite Bartenders/professional drinkers to guide us through a selection and provide some knowledge along the way. It's basically school for booze, which is much more fun than normal school, since you get to drink as you go. 

Join Matt Connor from Vanguard Wines - Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine (and former bartender at the Refectory, amongst others) as we taste through the wines and learn about the history, grapes, and regions that make the wine what it is.

This month, there's a bit of a shift in the Behind the Bar program! Continuing with our goal of providing an accessible wine education, we've got Fabio Gonzalez, a winemaker from Ribera Sacra in Northern Spain, in town to really dive deep into his family's winery. (

Ribera Sacra is one of the most fascinating wine regions in the world - steep ancient terraces winding their way alongside the river Sil. Algeuira focuses on native varietals from Ribera Sacra, all grown on their estate using Biodynamic methods. Fabio and his family are putting out some amazing wines that reflect the unique terruno of their region. Please join us, and try 6 wines, paired with some small bites. 

Featured wines:

2016 "Brandan" Godello

2016 Mencia

2014 "Pizarra" Mencia

2015 "Risco" Merenzao

2014 Brancellao

2013 "Fincas" (Caiño, Souson)

Cost includes expert instruction, 5 tasting pours (2 oz each) and light appetizers.

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