Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sort of a Spanish night

Our holiday in France had to be abandoned after 3 nights because of extreme crappiness on the part of our accomodation and the town of Port-La-Nouvelle - needs a post all on its own, but avoid at all costs. We ended up in Spain, where we had a great time.
To sort of celebrate that and all things Spanish, we had a night with friends very loosely based around Spanish wines. 

To start, we had Rafa's Cava - Olle Roig, or roig Olle or whatever it's called. Nice anyway, a good cut above the usual uninspiring stuff from Cava, now churning out more bottles than champagne. Then we tried the 2009 Sancerre from Reverdy, just in. Riper than the 08 and higher in alcohol, but really delicious - bone dry, sculpted Sauvignon fruit and minerality to beat the band. Would happily drink it every day. Then we had Petalos from Bierzo - a very intersting wine from the Mencia grape. Floral. medium bodied with a silky sensuous texture. Disappeared alarmingly fast and we followed up with the top wine from Baron de Ley. Rioja crossed with Oz Shiraz, this was heady stuff, but not our of kilter, very good in fact. We had some Comte with Anticaia Riserva from Puglia to wrap things up, french cheese and Italian wine the perfect finsih to our Spanish evening!!

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