To round out our past few days of Spanish Natural wine, we are ending with some chuggable favorites from Finca Parera and Mendall.
For those who aren't familiar, Finca Parera is run by Ruben Parera who is the fourth generation to run his family farm in Upper Penedes, where they grow certified biodynamic grapes, as well as cherries, almonds and olives. We've been a fan of his wines for awhile and they just get better and better every year.
Mendall is run by the visionary Laureano Serres in Terra Alta, west of Penedes. Laureano quit his computer programming job in Madrid in 1996 to come home and make wine at the local co-op. He set out on his own in 1999 and started producing a few bottles from his old family plots and started planting new vineyards. He made friends with French winemakers working naturally, most notably Thierry Puzelat and Marcel Lapierre, and in 2004 he "forgot" to add sulfur to his wine and hasn't looked back. He runs the H20 Vegetal wine fair, he was at the table when the Brutal wine concept was born and he might sell you a DIY greenhouse kit to grow organic vegetables.
Here's what we have to offer today:
Even though it feels different this year, the holiday season is here! Among other things, that means Beaujolais in every flavor and today we'll start with a Cru that doesn't make the rounds as much as its famous neighbors like Moulin-a-Vent and Fleurie, but produces a really distinct and delicious expression of Gamay: Chenas.