Twenty wine lovers—all fans of Carpe Vino and mostly Wine Club members—rallied in Madrid in early October to embark on an 11-day wine tour of Spain’s premiere wine regions. At the risking of falling prey to hyperbole, we had a fantastic time on every level: a great group of wine lovers who jelled immediately; our guide, César Escuín (a former teacher and university-trained tourism expert) was brilliant and a delight; the wine and food were magnificent; the countryside was awesome; winery staffs immensely accommodating; and the Spanish people we encountered were uniformly friendly, polite and helpful. If you have not traveled there, Spain should be on your personal bucket list.
One of my personal goals was to find Spanish wines to bring back to the shop, and I’ll have at least six of my favorites (and tour-group approved) wines to pair with Chef Alexander’s November prix-fixe extravaganza: España, four courses with choices for $49++ per person. Chef Alexander has created a menu that will feature the rustic qualities of Spanish cuisine, refined with his personal touch. Click here for the full menu; next week’s Window on Old Town will feature a dish-by-dish explanation from the chef.
Also I’ll have a complete list of the Spanish wines that will be available for purchase.
Stay tuned for details about our next international adventure: we’ll be taking a group to tour the wineries of Argentina and Chile. We’re working out details now, but we expect to depart in late April 2014, which is harvest time in the southern hemisphere.