Coto de Gomariz (Ribeiro)
– The Flower and the Bee (red) Sousón
– The Flower and the Bee (white) Treixadura
This February in Michigan sure didn’t seem like the shortest month of the year. But, unless you’re a penguin, the weather has finally turned in our favor. It’s amazing how a little sun and temperatures above 40 degrees can have us fantasizing about outdoor grilling and gathering with friends in the long shadows of warm evenings.
To celebrate the change of season we’re offering a couple of lively wines from the Atlantic coast of Spain. The Bodega of Coto de Gomariz is located in Galicia, in the Avia valley of the Ribeiro wine district. Although this northwest corner of Spain is mostly known for creating some of the country’s best white wines, there are some stunningly swiggable reds being produced there as well.
The small winery of Coto de Gomariz was created in 1978 by the Carreiro family. They started by recovering a vineyard that Cistercian monks had established in the 10th century. Today, they own close to 70 acres of vineyards. Winemaker Xosé Lois Sebio is one of the most admired and exciting names in Ribeiro. He employs both organic and biodynamic viticulture practices in the vineyards and all wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts.
The Flower and the Bee (La Flor y La Abeja) wines are Coto de Gomariz’s most approachable selections. But approachable doesn’t mean simple. The white is a refreshing wine from the indigenous treixadura grapes that balances floral and juicy fruit aromas with a finish that’s crisp and a touch mineral. The miniscule production red, from another indigenous variety, sousón, is full of ripe dark berry aromas with a pinch of herbs and spice and a bright finish. This is a red wine that can take a bit of a chill. Both these wines are ideal for the sensibilities of northerners at springtime.
Like Ernest Hemingway said in his memoir, A Moveable Feast, “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” Now the only problem is where to be happiest in spring with a bottle or two of The Flower and the Bee.