Not Your Grandma's Sherry + Weekend Wine Tour of Spain with Gonzalez Byass

We're hot on the tail of our first Outlook University wine weekend with Willamette Valley producers Adelsheim, Coeur de Terre, and Raptor Ridge and we are excited to bring you the next unique experience.  We're traveling across the globe to what wine experts call "a rising star" of the wine world, Spain.  Executive Chef Steve Debaste is creating a pairing menu of tapas that reflect Spanish roots and New Leaf sensibilities.

On the wine side we are lucky to host Felipe Gonzalez-Gordon Terry, who represents the fifth generation of Spains most venerated wine family.  In keeping with the mission of Outlook University to bring together dynamic learning around food, wine, creativity and wellness, we've found Spanish wine royalty to guide you through the incredible breadth, history, and quality of Spanish wine.  Join us!
Felipe's family's business, Gonzalez-Byass, has grown from its humble beginnings in 1835 to become one of Spain's most revered and respected wine  companies. In Spain, Gonzalez-Byass not only represents wine, but the very essence of Spanish culture with some of the most recognizable and significant Spanish wines ever  produced - many of which will be available to taste during the weekend with Felipe.

What makes Gonzalez-Byass so unique is the breadth of wines that they offer.  Spain has many wine regions and Gonzalez-Byass seems to have a foot hold in almost all of them.  Over the weekend we will explore the family's estates that cover five different regions.  Does anyone else feel like visiting Spain?

  • The Penedes region is located an hour south of Barcelona.  The influence of the sun and the Mediterranean sea make the Penedès a privileged territory for wine making.  We will be tasting two Cavas from Vilarnau. 
  •  Somontano is the wine region that lies in teh shadow of the Pyrenees Mountain range boarding France.  We will be tasting three wines from Vinas del Vero during our tour to learn about this distinct place. 
  •  Rioja, the classic Spanish wine region north of Madrid, is home to Bodegas Beronia.  Rioja wines bear distinct aging requirements producing unique characteristics and we will have the opportunity to taste and learn about including a Gran Reserva, Reserva, and Crianza. 
  • Finca Constancia in Madrid is one of the newest estates developed by the family.  We will taste two wines from this winery.  
  • Jerez in southern Spain is where Gonzalez Byass began with it's sherry production.  It's rich history includes the inspiration for the archetectue of the Eifel Tower and hosting kings, queens, and dignitaries in it's grand bodega...not to mention helping the world to rediscover the delight of bone dry sherry with Tio Pepe.  

Taste of Spain Wine Pairing Dinner:
Saturday, April 21, Reception at 5:30, Dinner at 6:00  $120 per person *tax & gratuity included 
Nibble and nosh your way through five courses of Spanish tapas and award winning Spanish wines.  Family style seating and a relaxed convival atmosphere make our wine tastings a fun way for visitors to get to know the locals and locals to mix with friends new and old.

** Space for both events are extremely limited and prepayment is required to reserve space in the seminar and dinner.    
Spanish Wine and "Not Your Grandma's Sherry" Seminar:
Friday, April 20, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, $30 per person
Join us for a wine tasting featuring 12 unique wines and sherries with Felipe Gonzalez-Gordon.  This is a unique opportunity to learn about Spanish wine and sherry from a man whose family is steeped in the tradition.  The seminar will include 3 flights of 4 wines ranging from a bubbly Cava, Spanish whites and reds, and the sexiest sherries you've ever tasted.  These are Felipe's grandma's sherries, and she was drinking the finest of her time.  Believe me, you will be delighted and surprised by this rare treat.
 **For reservations or more information call the Inn at 1-888-OUTLOOK or 360-376-2200.  Special room pricing is available for attendees.