What Are The Top Travel Destinations For Wine Lovers?

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So we made it Friday again, eh?  As everyone’s thoughts turn to the weekend and what we’ll be getting up to, no doubt some of you will be off on a couple of trips with wine high in the agenda, as it bloody should be.  So what the not-to-be-missed wine-o destinations?

Priorat Wineries – Saó Del Coster

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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.

Homage To Catalunya

Reds, Spain, Whites


You might have seen a couple of pictures, or even the YouTube clip of it, but here’s my blog piece about my recent trip out to Barcelona, with the wife, and my mates Miles and Laura. The few days in Barcelona were great, but for any wine-o’s out there, the trip to Priorat was, and is, an absolute must!

NWTW #54 – What To Expect From the Wines of Catalunya

New Wine This Week, Reds, Spain

#54 - Scala Dei

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.

Notes on Northern Spain #5: What Have I Missed?

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So on the back of a what was a top weekend away with the mates for my stag, I’ve hopefully thrown out a few thoughts for the next visit to the wine shop. Northern Spain is a fantastic wine producer. What have we spoken about? Well there’s:

 – The famous hills of Rioja

 – The rosés of Navarre

– The big reds of the Duero

 – And the crisp whites of the Rias Baixas

It’s just my point of view, but if you’re going to try Spanish wine for the first few times, I think checking those examples out will give you a great start. But that’s not the end of it by a long shot.

I missed one of the most famous exports of Spain; Cava. This is made over in the North East on the way over to Catalunya. It’s made from a mix of local and not so local grapes, but the big distinction here is that it’s made in the same way, with the same techniques as Champagne. So I decided to leave talking about it until I do a post on those methods. But I think the things you need to know about Cava is that it’s usually a much cheaper, yet still premium alternative to Champagne. But mind your eye, drinking too much will seriously dry your mouth out, and you get that morning feeling of wearing a sock on your tongue.

If you can't be bothered spending £50 on a bottle of  Champagne, £20 for a really good Cava makes more sense!

If you can’t be bothered spending £50 on a bottle of Champagne, £20 for a really good Cava makes more sense!

I also missed out the soon-to-be Catalonia super power that is Priorat. This is a really hilly area, and so wine production is really expensive, cos you’ve got to tend and harvest the grapes all by hand. For that reason most vineyards were left alone in the 1980s, with producers unable to make any money out of what they were producing. Better techniques and a new breed of wine growers have led to another great area for deep coloured reds, mostly made from Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s hot round here, but with the slopes it makes it a great place to grow wine. Definitely one to watch out for.

The slopes of Priorat, not the easiest harvest to be fair

The slopes of Priorat, not the easiest harvest to be fair

I suppose other than that, all I want to highlight before we knock this one on the head is the food culture. If you’re a bit of a foodie, Spain feels like a small piece of heaven sent down just for you to enjoy. And a lot like Italy, most of the wines here were traditionally made to pair with the local food. Foodies will love Spanish food, and that means they’ll love Spanish wine.

So it’s adios to Spain for a little bit as I move on to a couple of other topics. But don’t let that stop you from trying them out.