I was very excited when I first found out that Fernando Remirez de Ganuza was going to be in town. I first discovered his wines back in 2005, and his bodega was one of only two wineries where I stopped for tastings while I swung through Rioja back in the summer of 2006. Since that time his wines have apparently attracted a lot more attention around the world, thanks to some high scores doled out by a certain wine critic.
I arrived at the Steak House Winebar + Grill, and after a while got to chat with Fernando and his team. They were surprised to find that I have actually visited the bodega, although I did not meet Fernando in person at the time. I recounted my tales of buying and lugging his wines all over Spain and Portugal, and how I had brought his wines with me to drink while having breakfast at Bar Pinotxo inside La Bouqueria in Barcelona just before heading to El Bulli, and while having lunch at Rafa's in Roses the day after our big meal at El Bulli.
One of the gimmicks here was a wide selection of salts as well as mustards one can choose from. I never take my steak with any mustard, and in reality I don't need much salt for my steak, either...
the 1995 Gran Reserva I opened up last year.
Brie with truffle, Comté, Mimolette, country bread - after having gotten used to aged Mimolette and Comté, it's a little change of pace to have the younger versions.
It was good to finally have met Fernando in person, and a great opportunity to be able to taste all the wines in one sitting. I did wonder why the wines weren't opened and decanted earlier, though... These are big wines and need lots of aeration to really open up, and my experiences over the last couple of days have clearly demonstrated that. I do hope to revisit the bodega in the future and hang out with Fernando a little more.