It’s hard to believe, but in three short days, I will be on a plane, headed to Spain, where maybe it will rain. I am excited to be returned to one of my favorite places to explore, and to reach out to new areas of wine production and geography.
On this adventure, I will exploring three wine producing regions in Spain, to experience some world class wines, hospitality, and food.
First up, Bullas, a DO in the wine region of Murcia, which is in the southeaster corner of Spain. This southern gem kisses the Mediterranean sea, and the town itself is an ancient one with evidence of Roman occupation, including wine production dating from that time. Now, it is known for it’s bold and powerful Monastrell (Mouvedre) based red wines. In Bullas, we will visit Sierra Salinas, and Bodegas Lavina, soaking up the delicious Monastrell and jamon as as explore the sustainable agriculture and stewardshp of the region.
After our southern adventure, it’s off to the norther DO of Bierzo, located in the northwest corner of Spain. Here, we will experience Mencia, Alicante Bouchet, and a smattering of white wines at Tilenus Winery. Here, it’s xpereincing the hearty chickpea stew of the northern part of Spain to keep us warm and ready to go.
A short but sweet whirlwind through Spain, and then i’m off to France on vacation for a week! Wish me luck and delicious wine, and check for updates from the road. There will be plenty of pictures of jamon Iberico as I plan to eat my weight in Pata Negra, as well as delicious tapas, and other delights. France will include a trip to the Champagne region, where I will taste the stars in a glass, and gain a smile ear to ear.