Jorge Ordonez Spanish Wine Tasting

On Monday, January 14 at 7pm, please join me in welcoming Victor Ordonez, son of famed Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordonez to the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a tasting of a dozen wines from the Jorge Ordonez portfolio covering Spain from the Cava zone in Penedes across to Calatayud, Rioja, Toro, and Rias Baixas. There are a number of outstanding wines in this range of some of my favorite Spanish producers as well as some excellent values. (Please see below for more on Victor Ordonez.)

The line-up includes:
Marques de Gelida Brut Gran Reserva, Cava,  2014
La Caña Albarino, Rias Baixas, 2016
Breca Garnacha de Fuego, Calatayud, 2016
Breca Garnacha de Aragon, Calatayud, 2015
Triton Tinto de Toro, 2016
Rio Madre Graciano, Rioja, 2016
Sierra Cantabria Crianza, Rioja, 2015
Sierra Cantabria Reserva Unica, Rioja, 2014
Muga Reserva, Rioja, 2014
Vatan Tinta de Toro, 2015
Breca Brega, Calatayud, 2015
San Vicente Cosecha, Rijoa, 2014

This Jorge Ordonez Spanish Tasting will cost $40.00 per person (cash or check) or $42.11 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, January 14 at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or

L’Alliance Françaiseis the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

About Victor Ordonez:
Son of legendary Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordóñez, Victor Ordóñez is one of the third generation in his family’s wine business, which started when his grandfather Jose María started selling bottles of gran reserva Rioja out of a milk crate strapped to a bicycle to the hotels of Málaga, Spain. Victor grew up immersed in the wine business and Spanish culture. A bottle of wine was on the family dinner table every night, and Victor was frequently ready to shake the hand of an important customer who was at his father’s home office tasting wine when he came home from school. After studying Viticulture & Enology and Business and competing on the lightweight rowing team at Cornell University, Victor jumped head first into the family business, and is now managing national sales and distribution for Jorge Ordóñez Selections. Although his current focus is on the sales and marketing end of the wine business, his true passion lies in winemaking, and since he was sixteen has worked five harvests in Málaga, Rueda, Toro, and Valdeorras. In the little time when he is not working he enjoys cooking, training, and spending time with his friends & family.



Wine-Of-the-Week: BODEGAS VOLVER Tempranillo, 2011

The web-site says “… a project developed and co-owned by Jorge Ordoñez and Rafael Cañizares.” I generally hate “projects.” When a  winemaker or wine salesman says he has a new “project,” it usually means he is working some kind of deal where “… we can make 8,000 cases of Cabernet that you can sell at $19.99 with good margins …” at which point I have already tuned out. There is usually a friend’s vineyard and a “virtual winery” or custom crush facility involved. Blah, blah, blah … Well, it seems that this is different. Bodegas Volver is an actual winery on a 247 acre vineyard site in La Mancha. Winery and vineyard are owned by winemaker Rafael Cañizares and wine salesman Jorge Ordonez. A real winery with real estate vineyards with a real (and talented) winemaker working in tandem with a knowledgable sales and marketing guy seems like more than a “project.”

BODEGAS VOLVER Tempranillo, La Mancha, 2011 ($13.49)VolverTempranillo
15% Alcohol. Estate-bottled, dry-farmed 100% Tempranillo from a single 72 acre vineyard (Finca Los Juncares) planted in 1957 on sand-over-clay-over-chalk yielding as little as 2 lbs. of grapes per vine. Malolactic fermentation and 18 months aging in all new French oak barrels before it is bottled unfiltered.   Purple in color with well-formed legs; dry, medium-full-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and medium-chewy phenolics.  Rich, ripe, and rounded with dark red fruit and notes of tobacco and subtle leather. Lovely freshness. Hints at garrigue. Fine old-world steak wine. BS: 90+.

Thinking about Wine:
Beer is made by men, wine by God. – Martin Luther

PLEASE check the EVENTS PAGE for my upcoming WINE 101 class beginning January 6th at the Wine School and the annual 2011 CRU CLASSÉ BORDEAUX TASTING on January 21st at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice.