Ever wonder what it would be like to taste wine with the actual wine maker who made the wine?

I had the opportunity to visit Garmendia Winery and Vineyards in Vizmalo in Castilla y Leon, Spain. It is actually what you would call a Finca or an estate where they not only have an organic winery but also for example grow grain for race horses. This country estate is located between the spanish cities of Burgos and Valladolid.

In this tasting, Raul Tamayo, the enologist or wine maker and Maria Burgoa, managing director, invited me to taste three of their best selling wines in the US.

We tried the Garmendia 2010 Gran Seleccion White- made from Verdejo grapes and ages for four months in oak barrels, 2005 Tinto Envejecido en Barrica (Crianza- Style- Tinto aged in oak for 16 months) and finally the Garmendia Seleccion 2005 with 24 months in french oak.

I was especially impressed with their Blanco Seleccion white wine which was fresh and had incredible aromas of tropical fruit and a wonderfully clean finish.  There are only 600 of these bottles made.