TAMPA, Fla., March 17, 2014 – Pepe and Julian Mendoza of Bodegas Enrique Mendoza bring the best of their single-estate Spanish wines to Columbia Ybor City on Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. for a five-course wine dinner. The event is from 7–10 p.m. and is $75 per person. For reservations call 813-248-4961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There also will be an opportunity to purchase the wines to take home.
Alicante native Enrique Mendoza founded Bodegas Enrique Mendoza in 1989. Today, Pepe and Julian carry on their father Enrique’s legacy by ushering the family winery into the 21st century, Pepe as winemaker and Julian as vice president and export director.
About Bodegas Enrique Mendoza – Alicante, Spain
Bodegas Enrique Mendoza is perhaps best known for its single-vineyard Monastrell wines, although Pepe has also begun experimenting with international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. The vineyards are at a high altitude of 1,200 to 2,100 feet and are lclose to the ocean, where the climate is cooler. Pepe prioritizes natural winemaking, eschewing herbicides and insecticides and using only compost for fertilizer. This combination of vineyard location, viticulture and viniculture has led to a uniquely elegant and complex style of Monastrell rarely seen elsewhere. Learn more at http://www.winebow.com/winery.php?id=73
About Pepe Mendoza of Bodegas Enrique Mendoza
Pepe Mendoza has been participating in wine production from a young age, helping with harvest and grape pressing (using a 300-year-old, Roman-style wine press) at Bodegas Enrique Mendoza. After declaring his vocation of oenology in secondary school, Pepe continued his studies at the Félix Jiménez de Requena School of Viticulture and Enology, and carried out his practicum with the Raimat and Masia Bach group. He was the first Spanish winemaker to work in New Zealand, at Grove Mill in Marlborough Valley. He later worked in Argentina with Altavista and Achaval-Ferrer.
In 1990, Pepe returned to Spain to manage Bodegas Enrique Mendoza with the help of his brother, Julián. Now a part of a new generation of winegrowers, Pepe’s fundamental objective at Enrique Mendoza is to attain grapes of the highest quality. All of the plants are nurtured using compost fertilizer and environmentally friendly practices, without insecticides or herbicides. Pepe’s belief is that great wine comes from a great vineyard.
The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurant. Additional Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s town of Celebration, Columbia Café on the Riverwalk in Tampa and Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport.All Columbia locations are owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the founding family except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Please see www.columbiarestaurant.com for more information.
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