" Wow...an incredibly useful info dump. I've long known about Conde de Waldemar and its Reserva, Riscal, & Montecillo. I can't wait to try the others (to the extent that Georgia's crippled wine distribution system will allow). Thank you, thank you.
(In order that this knowledge trove not be lost within the discussion of a specific restaurant, maybe it should be moved to the General Topics Area?) Really, its too important to misplace."
Thanks for the kind words, Steve. Availability of Spanish wines in Calif. has been fairly limited too. With the shift to more modern, fruit-forward styles, we're seeing more here. Mostly in restaurants though, and not that much in the retail channel. The traditional styles were considered a specialty item for Hispanic clientele in the NE and Florida. I still remember being ga-ga over the selection of Spanish wines and the low prices at a business dinner at Forno's of Spain in Newark, NJ last year. Many older and rare bottlings of Rioja, Ribera del Duero and other regions. Since my colleagues weren't much into wine, we only ordered one bottle, 1990 Clos Erasmus, which is one of the new wave Prioratos. It was only about $50, whereas I knew it had sold at auction recently for over $100! I wish we had access to those treasures out here.
Hope you can find some of them in your market. I have a couple of wonderful wine pals in Georgia. Chuck and Memy Miller were here a few months ago and we had a feast at R&G Lounge in SF. He is leading a consumer movement locally to open up interstate shipping of fine wines. I'm sure he'd welcome your support. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll also plug the organization (link below) which is organizing initiatives to fight for consumers' rights against the distributors' monopoly power.
Link: http://freethegrapes.org/ I've long known about Conde de Waldemar and its Reserva, Riscal, & Montecillo. I can't wait to