As one of the largest Spanish wine programs in the United States, we offer an extensive selection from Spain and South America. We serve 40 wines by the glass and are constantly expanding and refining our wine offerings.
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Since taking the Wine Director position with Barcelona in 2006, our wine list has served as a time-line following the evolution of my career and travels. I began by adding what were at-the-time “unfamiliar” Spanish wine appellations, like wines from Costers del Segre, after a trip to the tiny town of Vilosell. There I met Tomas Cusiné, the owner and sole employee of his winery, maker of the now acclaimed El Vilosell and Geol wines. I blew a tire circling the cobblestone streets looking for his winery, which happened to be a garage, and when we finally found each other he changed my tire in the pouring rain — needless to say his wines were added to the list immediately and have had great success ever since.
In 2007, as Andy foreshadowed an imminent economic downturn, I decided to turn the attention of the wine list to South America in an effort to offer a generous selection of affordable wines. Gas prices were rising, jobs were being cut, and the prices of wines from Europe were skyrocketing with the ever falling strength of the U.S. dollar. But in South America, the dollar still held strong, offering high quality wines of great value. That November we visited several wineries in Argentina and our friend Francisco Carrau in Uruguay at the end of the year, and came back with some outstanding new wines for our list, never before imported into the country, like the Bodegas Carrau Chardonnay, Erath First Syrah and Malbec, and the Quieto reds from Mendoza. Now, 30% of our wine list is South American, and still growing as I make new friends in all my return trips.
So in nearly four years I have visited Spain five times and South America six times, always in search of small producers with incredible wines, just waiting to be discovered and introduced to the U.S. market. Many wines on this list are exclusive to Barcelona Restaurants, some may not even be found anywhere else in the nation because of their limited quantities, such as the Tannat “Ysern” from Uruguay — one of my favorite discoveries when visiting with Francisco Carrau after a nine hour drive to the border of Uruguay and Brazil in Cerro Chapeu where his vineyards are located. Please enjoy this very carefully selected list, which has been a labor of my love since I began with Barcelona, and will continue to be as long as there are fascinating wines to be discovered.
Vinum Est Vita,