What a crazy day! I made a last minute round at the fair. The general public is allowed into Alimentaria today, so it’s even more crowded and loud! A quick pass through El Corte Ingles for gifts and on to taste some new projects from our great friend in wine Eric Solomon of European Cellars. There are some terrific new whites on the horizon---great things from Galicia and Rueda. I tried a new Priorat that you folks are going to love, love, love! Right now it’s 1:30 AM and I have just gotten back from dinner. The wind is howling loudly outside and I need to pack my bags. It’s time to say good bye to Barcelona, one of my favorite cities in the world and to all of the lovely people who made this week at Alimentaria fun, educational, and a pleasure. ---Hasta la proxima vez! -Anne Pickett
Cross your fingers, folks! Oh heck, cross your toes, too! We may get the wine of Marques de Murrieta back in the store. They broke up with their last importer and have been out of the West Coast market for almost a year now. Boy do I miss their products. I tried all of their new releases, and they were awesome. As soon as we work out the issues, I will let everybody know! D.O. overload…Spain has somewhere around 65 Denominacion de Origen defined regions. Ucles, one of their newest, was making their debut at Alimentaria. It was the first time that I have tried wines from Ucles, which is an area in Southern Spain. More big fat reds…we’ll see how it goes. Cultural note of the day: while in the States 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, apparently in Spain, it’s 4 out of 5. Well, at least according to one rather flirtatious taxi driver. Saludos! -Anne Pickett
Wow! What a day! So many great wines and lots of information today! The new wines from Arzuaga were spectacular. Everything from their Pago Florentino project to the barrel sample of 2004 Arzuaga (no classification, yet) was terrific. Cillar de Silos is making awesome wine as well. I was hugely impressed with wines from Leda, another Ribera del Duero. I can’t wait to show you one of their top value wines…travel note: Modern Spanish cuisine is stunning. So far Abak and OMM have been the most impressive places…tasting notes and menu to follow…Saludos! -Anne Pickett
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