September 22 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | $90
Join us for a one-seating, three-course dinner prepared by Mess Hall Head Chef Colin Murray and Blue Bridge Hospitality Executive Chef Tim Kolanko! The delicious meal will accompany the beautiful wines of Vall Lach. Winemaker albert costa be there to speak on his wines, their production process, and unique tastes, as well as chat with the guests and answer QUESTIons.
To secure your spot, call Mess Hall at the number above!
Vall Llach’s unique winery is best summed up by Mess Hall resident sommelier, Tami Wong, who visited the winery during harvest:
“Priorat may not be the first region that springs to mind when one thinks about Spain, but as the second DOCa (DOQ in Catalunya), winemaking tradition is as rich as the powerful wines produced. About an hour’s drive from Barcelona, Porrera is mountainous and famous for llicorella, a unique black slate and quartzite. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah have been planted since the 1980s but Priorat’s most prized grapes are the traditional Garnatxa (Grenache) and Cariñena (Carignan) grown on steep slopes. Summers are long and hot, but with cool nights, which gives the grapes power from ripeness but acidity and freshness are preserved. 96% of wine produced is red.
I had the honor of living in Porrera for a week last October to work harvest at Vall Llach. Porrera is a town of 400 and is home to 17 wineries. Vall Llach was founded in the early 1990’s by folk singer Luis Llach and Enric Costa. Enric’s son Albert now runs the winery. Señor Llach spends much of his time involved in politics for Catalunya now.
The vineyards we worked are upwards of 50 years old and steep, requiring hand harvesting. In addition to their own vineyards, Albert and his crew tend a few old vineyards for some elderly neighbors that are tiny and may yield only a few cases of wine. When the grapes arrive at the winery, it is all hands on deck at the sorting table, which feeds into the destemmer. Then the must is pumped straight into tank to begin fermentation. When the wine is ready to begin aging in barrel, the barrels are moved across the square to the barrel room above the office. The barrel room is named for Miquel Martí i Pol, a Catalan poet who wrote music with Señor Llach.
I am thrilled to return Albert’s hospitality when he joins us at Mess Hall on Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30″.