Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.
So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…
I was sat here earlier flicking through some old photos and doing a bit of editing of stuff I haven’t got round to. I came across a load from a trip to Barcelona from 2014 with the wife and our mates Miles and Laura. Just going through the photos brought back some great memories, so I thought “sod it!”, here comes another post!
Everytime I get the chance to go off on some wine travels, I try and grab it with both hands. It’s not just that the weather is invariably better in, say, the South West of France than in London, or that the wine and food is fantastic. I’m also a complete tourist when it comes to the scenery and the architecture, it’s just absolutely amazing round those places!
After a morning on the back of Xavi’s pick up, we were in need of some grub, and Timmer had the perfect place in mind. Luckily too, it was just down the main road thorugh the village of Gratallops. The stunningly picturesque winery-with-a-restaurant-attached Clos Figueras.
Given the exceptionally warm and generous greeting we got from all the wineries we visited on our day out in Priorat, I thought it’d be a bit rude if I didn’t give them the write up they deserved. So here’s a quick one on the first winery of the day, the beautiful Saó Del Coster.
Earlier today I popped along to a tasting morning by the fine people at Juvé & Camp. They’ve been making world class Cava for decades, and I have to say this was Cava like nothing I’d ever drunk before. But more on that later, this tasting was all about pointing out the Cava point of difference.
3 wines were up this week, and all three from the most famous of the Catalan regions: Priorat DOQ. To an extent I’d messed it up a bit as I’d have liked to have tried a few from round the houses, but 3 wines from the almost-guaranteed-quality of Priorat? I wasn’t going to moan too much.
When you think about Catalan food, or maybe it’s just me, I think about three things: Churros (those amazing doughnut things!), big fish dishes, and pork! And as is always the way, in times of crisis, go with what the locals eat!
What to expect from the wines of Catalunya, eh? Well, this is not exactly going to be the most extensive blog post in the world! It could be, but as I’m limiting myself to just a few paragraphs I’m going to have to cut this one right down to just the wines I’ve got for my tasting. Perversely enough, they’re all from Priorat DOQ.