Not much has really changed in the bodega at Roda, so we did a quick tour around the bodega and followed by a longer tasting. Strangely we could not walk across the main walk way as the Consejo Regulador had decided that the flooring material was not up to code and it had it be replaced. The guy doing the work had an impossibly small sander to do the 60 square meter walk way. Very odd, but it wasn’t the only weird activity we heard about from the guys who regulate the wine trade in Rioja.
We arrived back home yesterday morning, with a few hairy connections and the the long flight back from London complete with all singing and whistling Swiss backpackers filling the cabin. I’ve got loads of notes (even though I managed to loose one notebook somewhere), photos, tasting notes and food stories to write up and sort through. Lots of gossip too (Like that Roda have bought some great vineyards in Ribera del Duero and should release something in a couple of years…)
rioja-3Driving around Rioja for a couple of weeks has given me the opportunity to see a lot, taste a lot and get a good feel for what is going on. A lot has changed in the 3 years since my last visit to Rioja, just about all of it for the better
It’s been an amazing week, I’ve tasted hundreds of wines from bottle and barrel, met some great people and been able to get a real feel for Rioja. It’s only been a week and I feel like I need another month or two.
The first day of bodega visits today, very hectic but also very rewarding. We’ve been hampered by the bad weather, missed connections and cancelled flights, so we got to Rioja later than expected and have had to cram some visits in (or in today’s case miss one). Regardless of travel woes, its great to be [...]
Bert at Winestar (with the help of many others I’m sure) has done an amazing job on organising this. I couldn’t put it any better so, I’ll let him do the talking: Please go to http://www.winestar.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20182 for the latest information – particularly for wine and mainstream media outlets or for those forwarding to friends. Dear [...]