Posts Tagged ‘Rioja’
Saturday, August 9th, 2008
On a recent trip to the Benicassim Festival in Spain, I purchased a pair of quick-dry camping pants from Titanium for the trip. Walking to outside the festival grounds and sitting on our back-packs whilst waiting for the campsite to open, we took the opportunity to crack a bottle of Rioja we’d got on RENFE (a quick note on RENFE – if you’re on the site and can’t select English you need to select the drop-down labelled Seleccione su Idioma to make it so, which means you have to speak Spanish to get the site into English, go figure!)
Red Wine is a perfect libation for festivals – primarily because it doesn’t need to be kept cold; it doesn’t lose its fizz and if you’re drinking wine locally produced its dirt cheap and super-good. Within minutes of popping the cork however I’d managed to spill the Rioja on my new pants and was questioning the merits of wine in a situation where a shower is hard to find… when suddenly, with a splash of from my water bottle – the wine was gone. Brilliant! Wine proof pants – what more could a young millennial wine-lover at a music festival wish for? I reckon marketing the pants specifically as wine-proof and selling it at Bonnaroo could be a good gig.
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
Does anyone have spare tickets to the Led Zeppelin concert? Its killing me that they’re doing so few shows… Just wondering.
Anyhow – I need to introduce some of you to the Conde Alegre 2006 Rioja: this beauty of a Spaniard smacks of Virginia chewing tobacco, prosciutto and has a sweet dried-fruit essence, like dried dates.
Also, just to settle the score for any Americans who wish to order this in Europe, the pronunciation is re-ock-a and not ri-oh-ha.
Though the Spaniards may not show much handling on the Rugby field, this wine gives amazing play on on the palate.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
The Olde Wine Shades. 6 Martin Lane, London, EC4R 1BJ
Long before most of United States was developed, in 1832, Charles Dickens, a young political journalist was frequenting a gentleman’s club called the ‘Wine Shades.’ Quite remarkably, by the time Dickens found the club it was alreThe Olde Wine Shades. 6 Martin Lane, London, EC4R 1BJady well established, 200 years established as it has been running since 1663, and it is the only wine bar to have survived the 1666 Great Fire of London. Today it goes by the name ‘The Olde Wine Shades’ and it is a real place to get a feel for wine, and in fact when you come in you will not find a single bottled beer or tap, which is quite remarkable for London. The bar itself specializes in Spanish, Portuguese and German wines, which dates back to the battle of Trafalgar, at which time England was embroiled in a furious battle with France, was not getting any of the French wine. There is something quite marvelous about frequenting a 300 year old establishment, pulling up a chair in a place where Dickens probably sat and ordering a Rioja from an estate that goes back further than one’s own family treeâ€¦ it gives you a lot more to think about than the wine itself.