Featured Wines for February – 2019 Kila Cava Brut & 2022 Breca El Nacido, Catalonia, Spain

This month I am offering a sparkling wine which I do not do very often. After getting through the holidays with people asking for sparkling wine suggestions, I decided it was time to have our wine club members enjoy a Spanish Cava if they have not discovered this lovely sparkler. The word “Cava” means cave or cellar where the Spanish aged the wines. Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel·lo are the varietals mostly used in Cava Bianco. Cava Rosado uses Garnacha tinta, Monastrell, Trepat, and Pinot Noir varietals. Our February selection Kila Cava Brut Bianco will be great for a Valentine’s Day toast! If you like Cava, we have several others to try.

2019 Kila Cava Brut, Catalonia, Spain $15

This Spanish Cava boasts impressive balance between its flavors of pear, white flowers, and zesty citrus and its firm, crisp finish.This is Cava has subtle flavora and a firm finish. A pleasant toast or a nice pairing with a festive dessert and you could think it is Champagne!

2022 Breca El Nacido, Catalonia, Spain $15

This Garnacha is a young, primary fruit expression of the oldest clones of Garnacha in the world, The altitudes of Catalonia produce a wine of tremendous character and concentration, balanced by fresh acidity that provides balance, and drinkability, and elegant minerality.

Featured Artists for February

Our end of 2023 exhibit continues in February. Includes from a number of gallery artists. Some paintings shown in previous months will reappear for a second look. Some paintings will be new. Artists showing include John Aquilino, Barbara Beauchamp, Eva Keller Carson, Lois and Kathryn Engberg, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride, Jim Rehak, Tsultrim Tenzin and Keith Whiitelock. A selection of paintings are shown here and we will be posting tmore of the show on our Facebook page and website. Keep checking! There is not First Friday opening in February. The gallery will be open each Saturday – February 3,10,17 & 24 from 11-4.

Wines of the Month— 2010 La Porte de L’Abbaye Pouilly-Fume Sauvignon Blanc & 2009 La Grand Ribe Centenaire

Featured wines for September are 2010 La Porte de L’Abbaye Pouilly-Fume Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 La Grand Ribe Centenaire

 

La Porte de L’Abbaye Pouilly-Fume Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, France 2010

label for 2010 La Porte de L'Abbaye Pouilly-Fume Sauvignon Blanc

“The 2010 vintage produced racy, fresh, delineated wines that rely on mouthwatering acidity and pure fruit . . . it’s a vintage that should let the Loire show what it does best. They are ideal food wines best for matching with spring and summer fare.” -James Molesworth  of Wine Spectator

A more elegant, restrained expression of Sauvignon Blanc, the Porte de l’Abbaye opens with aromas of fresh lemon, white flowers, and Pouilly Fume’s signature flintiness.

Henri Bourgeois Pouilly-Fumé “La Porte de L’Abbaye” 2010 was meant to be enjoyed young, and enjoy it you will, as it is a “textbook Pouilly-Fumé.” The wine received 91 points from Wine Spectator. $20.00

La Grand Ribe Centenaire, Rhône, France 2009

Label from a bottle of 2009 La Grand Ribe CentenaireLa Grande Ribe, Rhone red blend from Cotes du Rhone Villages Centenaire is a true value wine.

Dominated by Grenache with a small amount of Syrah included in the blend, the wine possesses great intensity, a terrific texture, full-bodied power, and wonderful purity and Provencal typicity. This sensational effort is filled with red and black fruit, roasted herb, barbecue smoke, meat juice and bouquet garni characteristics. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years or longer.$13.00

 

 

Artist of the Month Maurice Spector

Painting by Eastern Shore artist Moe Spector of a man under water with colorful fishMaurice Spector

Bishop’s Stock Gallery’s September featured artist is Maurice Spector. A resident of Onancock, Moe paints as well as creates three-dimensional work from observations of the world around him. Over the spring and summer he has spent most of his creative time focusing on painting and wood sculptures. Some of Moe’s most recent painting includes use of watercolor canvas but he is still drawn to ink and watercolor on paper.  It is no surprise to see humor, whimsy and tiny creatures throughout his paintings. Included in the show are small sculptures in wood and a lovely “new lady.”

 

 

Wines of the Month— 2010 Deusa Nai Albarino & 2008 Marques de Caceres Crianza

Featured wines for August are 2010 Deusa Nai Albarino and 2008 Marques de Caceres Crianza

 

 Marques de Caceres Deusa Nai Albarino,  Rias Baixas, Spain 2010

Label from Marques de Caceres Deusa Nai Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain 201

Rias Baixas it the Spanish “Denominacion de Origen” (DO) for wines located in the Northwest region of Galicia, Spain. Albarino grapes are the most renown from this region. Deusa Nai clearly reflects true Albariño’s character. Thjis is a Limited production wine – just 6,600 cases. It has an attractive golden straw color with pale green highlights. The bouquet is fresh and fragrant with mineral notes mingling with a hint of grapefruit and mandarins. This wine has full flavor and refreshing acidity. Deusa Nai wines marry well with fish and seafood. It is ideal for sipping as an aperitif then serving with a meal. Alcohol: 13.5% $17.00

Marques de Caceres Crianza, Rioja, Spain 2008

label for Marques de Caceres Crianza, Rioja, Spain 2008Rioja is the DO for wines grown and produced in La Rioja in north central Spain. Most of the grapes grown in the region are Tempranillo and Garnacha. This is a rich, full-bodied wine made from 85% Tempranillo, and 15% Garnacha and Graciano grapes. Aging  in oak give this wine great depth. It has spicy aromas, berry fruit flavors and a velvety finish. There is a hint of roasted coffee and delicate spice. The balance is smooth and the tannins very soft. This wine needs to be opened an hour or so before drinking. It is a great pairing for grilled meats and hearty meals. Alcohol: 13% $14.00