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Rioja 1964 masterclass with Sarah-Jane Evans MW

October 14

Rioja 1964 masterclass with Sarah-Jane Evans MW

Taking place at the Wines from Rioja Trade Tasting, 30th September 2014, Sarah Jane Evans MW hosted a unique masterclass, tasting and talking through seven Rioja wines from 1964, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century, comparable to the legendary 2001. This is the first time such a tasting had taken place, and it came about due to the dedication of Carlos Echapresto, sommelier at Venta Moncalvillo, who sourced samples from winery back catalogues and private collections, to put together a unique and outstanding tasting.

Members of the UK wine trade tasted the following wines from the 1964 vintage -

Bodegas Campo Viejo

Bodegas CVNE Vina Real Reserva Especial

Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Royal Reserva

Bodegas Palacio Glorioso Gran Reserva

Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva

Bodegas Riojans Monte Real Gran Reserva

Herederos del Marques de Riscal Cosecha

Over 30 journalists, sommeliers, buyers, and other industry influencers turned out to taste these rare wines. Sarah Jane Evans MW commented, “it was a privilege to lead this tasting, which has never been done before in the UK, with such old wines. This tasting was important to reinforce the message of Rioja’s ageing potential, as it demonstrated in a fascinating way the great evolution of these wines over half a century.”