Wine tasting: Virginia Philip

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We’re going to let you in on the latest about wine tasting events that bring great wines, good info, good prices, a classy venue and a noted master sommelier together: the Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy (101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/721-6000).

At a recent tasting featuring the Albet i Noya Spanish wines, I tasted six wines: a Brut Natural Reserva, the Xarel-lo, a Barranc dels Closos Blanc, a Tempranillo, a Barranc dels Closos Negre (pictured) and the truly yummy 2009 Marti Reserva. June Ordaz, from the Albet i Noya Vineyards in Sant Paul D’Ordal, Spain, introduced the pioneering organic vineyards (planted 40 years ago!) and the very good wines they produce.

Upcoming tastings:

March 8 – South African Safari, $35

March 16 – Wines of the Finger Lakes, with owner/winemaker Justin Boyette of Forge Cellars, $35

March 23 – A Tasting Through Barolo, with Piedmont wines, $40

April 28 – Mitchell Wines of Clare Valley Australia, $35

Space is limited. For reservations and more information, click here, or stop by the well-stocked store, and find some new favorites, too.