Anyone can drink wine, but it takes practice to recognize and distinguish a wine’s characteristics. Learn how to taste wine like the pros in no time, starting with your basic senses—look, smell and taste—and expanding from there. The evening will feature a wine connoisseur from Gary’s Wine and Marketplace who will provide an overview of the fundamentals of wine tasting featuring wines of Spain.
In addition to learning the key aspects of wine tasting, you will also be provided with an overview of the Spanish wine regions, history, and description of each of the wines you will sample.
Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: University Hall, Conference Center
Registration Fee: $15 pre-registration / $30 at the door *Must be 21 or older to attend.
Registration includes food, beverages, and a $5 contribution to the Annual Fund. Thank you for your support of Montclair State University!
Set on the seventh story of University Hall, The Conference Center has a million-dollar panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline that will leave you breathless.
The tasting will include five Spanish grape varietals:
Cava Blend – Sparkling
Champagne style fermentation refers to a finish of the process in the bottle and sparkling wines produced in Spain are called Cava
Albarino – White Wine
Spain produces Albarino to a significant degree in the Rías Baixas DO, especially in the town of Cambados. It is also common in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal
Vuira Blend – White Wine
Viura , Spanish wine grape with Tokay as a synonym. The focus of white wine makers has been to enhance the vibrancy and fruit flavors of the wine
Tempranillo – Red Wine
It is the main grape used in Rioja, and is often referred to as Spain's noble grape
Carignan Blend – Red Wine
Carignan is believed to have originated in Spain in the Aragon region and was historically a component of neighboring Rioja's red wine blend
Assorted hot and cold tapas will be served along with the wines.
About Spanish Wines
Firmly rooted in tradition and steeped in history but at the same time modern and vibrant, Spain is a study in contrasts. Whether it is climate, culture or geography, Spain offers spectacular variety. From rustic to refined, traditional to innovative, red, white, sparkling and fortified, the wines of Spain along with her legendary cuisine, friendly people and spellbinding natural beauty have something very special to offer.
Spain is a large country geographically and has more acreage under grape cultivation than any other country in the world although many vineyards are low-yielding. Wine grapes are grown throughout every region of the country. About two thirds of all wines produced in Spain are table wines with about one-third comprising high-quality wines that follow the European production model. Red wines outnumber whites just slightly in terms of volume but are far more notable. The most widely planted varietals are Arien, Tempranillo, Bobal, Garnacha, Monastrell, Pardina, Macabeo and Palomino. Although excellent wines are made throughout Spain, some of the most famous regions include Rioja for Tempranillo based wines, Jerez for Sherry, the Penedes for the sparkling wine known as Cava, Ribera del Duero for Tempranillo blends and Priorat for Garnacha (Grenache).
Registration requested by March 1. You may register online by visiting MONTCLAIRconnect - Montclair State's online community. You can also register via email or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4141.
It's sure to be a great evening so join us! All visitors are directed to park in the Red Hawk Parking Deck for a nominal fee.
Event made possible through generous support from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.