Priorat is one of only two wine regions in Spain that qualify for Denominació d’Origen Qualificada (DOQ), the highest grading awarded by the Spanish Government. Can you guess which is the other region?
Priorat is known for its unique terroir of llicorella, which is a combination of black slate and quartz. This terrior produces some amazing wines, which is why I wanted to visit. The beautiful scenery was an added benefit.
Clos Mogador was founded in 1979 by René Barbier III and his wife Isabelle Meyer when they purchased few hectares of Grenache near Gratallops a two hour drive south of Barcelona.
I recently had the privilege to eat at Restaurant Gaig in Barcelona Spain. Gaig Singapore is one of my favourite restaurants and so, with the help of Nuria the daughter of Charle Gaig the acclaimed Chef I was able to get a booking for dinner.
First impressions of Restaurant Gaig is that this is a classy joint. Everything about the place, the greeting how we were escorted to the table, the décor made it clear we were in for a very special night.
I had no idea what to expect other than it is a nice Spanish seaside town, seriously what does that mean, that there are bad seaside towns in Spain???? Obviously I need a Sitges Spain Walkabout to find out.
My first impressions were it is cold, around 1 or 2 C when I arrived late last night, but a bit of cold is refreshing, especially after around 25 hours of travel.
I woke up to amazingly clear blue skies and a brisk 4 or 5 C, so far so good.
Recently I visited d’Arenberg McLaren Vale to taste a few of their wines. A very unique experience, doubt that there would be any other winery on the planet with a cellar door experience quite like d’Arenberg McLaren Vale.
d’Arenberg is rated by James Halliday a 5 Red Star Winery.
5 Red Stars Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years. Where the winery name is itself is printed in red, it is a winery generally acknowledged to have had a long track record of excellence in the context of its region — truly the best of the best.
It has been a while since I posted. Work and life have been taking up a bit too much time lately. Luckily work and life has not stopped me from drinking great wines, it also helps to have generous friends.
As you will see Dec 2018 was a good month, for me at least, for wine. How was your December?
Majella GPL68 2014 is the first release of a new wine from Majella Wines and we were apparently the first in Singapore to taste it. The wine was added as a surprise by Proj Lynn to Wine Exchange Asia‘s 2018 Majella Vintage Tasting at New Ubin Seafood @ Chijmes.
Tasting the Majella GPL68 with Ros and Prof Lynn added to the occasion, everyone at the dinner appreciated you sharing it with us.
In 1968 George Patrick Lynn, patriarch of the Lynn family, allowed his sons Brian and Anthony to plant vines on the the family’s Coonawarra property “Majella”
The vineyard prospered, more vines were planted and eventually a winery was built and Majella Wines as we now know it was established
George passed away in 1976 aged only 50, but in his memory we are proud to present this wine, the Majella “GPL68”, as a fine example of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon at its very best.