Shortly after my last wine tasting in Madrid I left on one of my frequent trips to the UK. It wasn't my intention to do any wine tasting on this trip, preferring to focus on the drinking instead 🤪🤪. However when one of my favourite restaurants had run out of the lovely Malbec I usually … Continue reading Hoopenburg Bushvine Pinotage
Useful article from seriouseats.com about what wines you're likely to see on the supermarket shelves in Spain.
By far my favourite wine of the evening at the colourfulwines.com Wine and Chocolate tasting. Feel a bit guilty that it was the only non Spanish wine there. In fairness I enjoyed all the wines that evening but this South African red wine used a grape I know little about: Pinotage. I do love the … Continue reading Diemersfontein Pinotage 2016
The third wine at the coloufulwines.com Wine and Chocolate tasting. This is a classic red wine from the Utiel region in Valencia using the local grape variety of Bobal. I've had a few of these wines. They're my go to when I'm visiting Alicante and can usually be relied on for a light fruity red. … Continue reading BO Bobal Único 2016
As we’ve tasted a number of Spanish Cavas recently friends have been asking me about what is cava, what is brut. So I thought I’d give you a couple of charts, from the useful sites of vinepair.com and winefolly.com, that do a fantastic job of explaining the terminology surrounding this wonderful drink.
The second wine at the Colourfulwines.com Wine & Chocolate tasting. This is a dry Rose sparkling wine made organically from the Spanish stalwart grape: Garnacha. Cava is the only Spanish DO that isn't geographically based. The majority of Cava is produced in Cataluña, but this particular wine is from Valencia. The first Valencian Cava I … Continue reading Art de Luna Cava Brut Rose Orgánico
This was the first in four wines at the Colourwines.com wine and chocolate tasting at Tomovinos Barrio Salamanca, and it was an absolute gem! A buttery Chardonnay 😋😋. OK I know what you're thinking. Why all the excitement over a buttery Chardonnay? What you have to understand is that here in Spain this is a … Continue reading Pirineos Blanco 2017
The other day I went to a wine tasting at Tomovinos in barrio Salamanca. A place I have written about previously. They bring in wine tasting experts from other organisations who select wines from the Tomevinos stock. This week the wine expert was Jimena Cristo from Colourful Wines. She selected four wines to go with … Continue reading ColourfulWines.com
So having finally taken the plunge and signed up to the WSET II course in Haro, it’s a bit depressing to read a wine expert say that ‘wine education is highly overated’. Mind you I agree with some of his criticism about tasting notes. They can get a bit too much in some cases.