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Taste of Spain: Wine Tasting with Nicole Andrus

Hosted by Urban Alchemy and Folio Fine Wine Partners, this exclusive wine-tasting event will transport you to the wine country of Spain. Your guide on this tour is Nicole Andrus, who has spent a lifetime cultivating her incredible talents for wine-making, the science of wine, and domestic and overseas wine traditions and markets. 

The event will begin with welcoming comments and a small pour of Fillaboa Albarino, followed by three flights of two wines each, including:

  • Taste of Place:  Vinculo and Condado de Haza
  • Priorat:  Porrera and Embruix
  • Ageing:  Pesquera Crianza and Reserva

Throughout the evening, you'll also enjoy cheese and charcuterie featuring Spanish cheeses and meats.

Tickets are only $10 per person and must be purchased in advance via our website. Click here to purchase.

Our sincere thanks to Folio and Ms. Andrus for selecting Urban Alchemy to host her only appearance in Arlington. 

About Nicole Andrus

Raised in Napa Valley, where her parents founded Pine Ridge Winery in 1978 and Archery Summit Winery in Oregon in 1994, Nicole has done everything from pitch-forking grape stems and performing lab analysis to assisting her parents with sales and marketing in domestic and foreign markets. Through her work overseas she developed a great interest in travel and the European culture, thus choosing to spend a year of high school in Switzerland learning German, and then a semester of college in Ecuador, where she developed a keen interest in the Spanish language, the Galapagos Islands, and botany.

Upon her return to the U.S., Nicole obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Molecular Plant Systematics. Over time she yearned to return to her roots in the wine business and to once again live overseas, so she accepted a position in the Research and Development department at Bodegas Miguel Torres in Catalunya, Spain, combining her scientific background with her longtime affinity for wine.

After working at Torres for two and a half years, Nicole served as an independent wine consultant for various Spanish wineries interested in exporting their wines to the U.S. market.  In 2005, Nicole joined Folio Fine Wine Partners as their Spanish Imports Specialist and has since helped Folio to negotiate importing agreements with multiple estates from Spain including: Fillaboa, Palacios Remondo, Vall Llach and Grupo Pesquera. Nicole divides her time between liaising with producers, hosting groups in Spain, creating new material for Folio’s marketing department, and assisting the sales team by traveling to the U.S. to educate accounts and consumers on Folio’s top-notch portfolio of Spanish estates.

Nicole is also co-founder of Niso Wine Tours, a high-end Spanish wine tourism agency, and United Vintners Abroad, a Spanish wine consulting company.

Nicole currently resides in Spain with her husband and two children.

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Later Event: June 7
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