Montilla-Moriles | Part 2: Tales of Amontillado

I recently read the 1846 short novel The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. In it, the protagonist Fortunato was so obsessed with finally tasting a cask of Amontillado, that he let his murderer lead him down into a vault and bury him alive. In a way, I was able to feel sorry for him; he was left to die, without being able to have a sip of his desired Amontillado. Continue reading “Montilla-Moriles | Part 2: Tales of Amontillado”

La hora del Vermut!

Are you planning to visit Spain after the Covid-19 crisis is over? If the answer is yes, la Hora del Vermut is an event you should be writing down in your agenda. It takes place in any local bar before lunch or dinner and consists in sharing with friends a glass, or two, of the Spanish aperitif par excellence, vermut. In a few words, a good excuse to meet with friends and prepare your stomach for a great meal. Continue reading “La hora del Vermut!”

Can Ràfols dels Caus

Penedès is located thirty minutes south of Barcelona and is home of some of the finest wines from Catalonia. This region is facing the Mediterranean Sea and is divided in three big areas: High Penedès (near the inland mountain range), Penedès Marítim (along the Mediterranean Sea) and Central Penedès (the plain between these areas). Continue reading

Viña Tondonia Rosé 2008

I do not know about you, dear reader, but to me it is very crazy that, although living in Spain, I’ve been able to try some of the most rare and fantastic Spanish wines in Germany. A couple of years ago a 1960 Ygay, a 1973 and 1981 Viña Tondonia blew my mind. On a resent trip to Rheinhessen a very generous friend shared a couple of bottles of 2008 Viña Tondonia Rosé, a very rare and hard to find wine from Rioja. Continue reading “Viña Tondonia Rosé 2008”

The Basics of Sherry

I will always remember the first time I tried a Sherry. It was a glass of Manzanilla Solear from Barbadillo served during one of the first classes of my Sommelier diploma. The sensation of saltiness, the level of volume, the dryness and the depth of flavors were completely new to me. At that moment I understood what umami taste really meant and since then Sherry became one of my favorite wines. Continue reading “The Basics of Sherry”