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Travel – A Taste Of Catalonia Wine Tasting And Your Chance To Win A Bottle

There is something magical about wine tasting when visiting a wine region. I loved Napa’s vineyards and was gutted that we didn’t have more time in the Chianti region whilst cruising. So when I was asked if I fancied getting some friends together to sample the wines of Catalonia I jumped at the chance, I was already a fan of some of them so new ones are always welcomed. Keep reading to the end for your chance to win a bottle yourself!

The Penedes was the first area in Spain to use stainless steel and cold fermentation equipment which has helped them create modern wines using both native and French grape varieties. Possibly better known for its Cava production, the region is considered one of the countries best just being pipped to the post by Rioja. I sampled a wine from each category to give you a proper overview of what the region has to offer, I know it is a hard job.

Codorniu Cava Cuvée Barcelona Brut – Sparkling

Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love Prosecco or Champagne. If I am being totally honest, Cava is my favourite. A lesser known (or appreciated) member of the sparkling wine family I like its drier and slightly less sweet tones and this one is no exception. Can we just take in how pretty this bottle of Cava is? I love the floral detailing on the label.

Cava was first made in the penedes region when descendent of Codorniu, Josep Raventos, studied the traditional sparkling wine method in Champagne and brought it home. This Cuvee Barcelona 1872  is an original Cava  that is pale straw yellow in colour with a heavy scent of apples and pears on the nose. The apple is fresh on the palate with notes of honey adding a little sweetness also. It is the perfect sparkling wine for a traditional Spanish feast of paella, sardines and stew yet I personally prefer it with a good smorgasbord of meat and cheese.

Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay – White

Torres wines hold a special place in my heart as they are a favourite of my Mum who buys them by the caseload. They are popular in the Canary Islands where I spend a lot of time and I regularly mither my parents to bring me a bottle of San Valentin home when they have been on holiday there. San Val (as it is affectionately known) is a sweet yet dry wine that is perfect to enjoy after a hard day at work when the sun is shining in the garden. I also like Vina Sol and have drunk many bottle before being sent this to try.

What I didn’t know about this wine is that Gran Vina Sol was a pioneer in the production of cask-fermented Chardonnay in Spain. This wine is much more diverse than the traditional Vina Sol which my Mum enjoys. The Chardonnay grape can vary massively depending on how the wine has been produced. The Gran Vina Sol has blended Chardonnay and Parellada after fermenting a percentage in Limousin oak barrels. The result is a complex wine with an intense flavour that is heavily floral with fresh fruit notes most notably pineapple. Golden in colour the floral notes also come through on the nose alongside a rich smell of toasted almonds, truly delicious.

Jane Ventura Rosat Seleccio – Rose 

This is the type of wine that I would buy just from looking at the label and the colour, we do buy with our eyes first after all and I am one of those people who has bought books before just from the cover. The imagery of the label is also the inspiration for the wine which leans towards the traditions and landscape of Catalonia. It is a fresh and young rose who’s grapes are destemmed and slightly squeezed to make a pre-fermentative film maceration. The wine is then discarded to ferment at 17 degrees. The result is a salmon pink coloured rose that appeals to most rose lovers. The flavours do too as it is smooth in the mouth with fruity notes of raspberry and cherries on the nose.

Albet i Noya Curio’s Tempranillo – Red 

Whilst red isn’t my wine colour of choice, I do appreciate a lighter fruity Tempranillo and this hits just those points. I love the quirkiness of the label that once again would draw my eye amongst other bottles on a shelf. This one is a bright cherry red in colour with those cherries on the nose too alongside some floral yet sweet notes. It is fresh on the palate without that dryness that heavier red wines leave at the back of the throat. There are sweet tannins present but they don’t disrupt the the fruit and slight spice that dominate the flavour. It is perfect for a cheeseboard but would also go well with fish dishes.

If you are planning a wine trip you could do worse than visiting the Penedes region and it is definitely on my bucket list so I can try more of their amazing Cavas. Inntravel offer self guided holidays in a tour through the region that sounds right up my street especially that it would mean I could take the wine tasting at my own pace. Oh also, how cute is my ‘Rose all day coaster’? It is from Coconut Lane and if you put PHATCUPCAKE20 in at the checkout you will get 20% off.

Inntravel have kindly given me a bottle of the Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay worth £11.99 to one of your lovely readers. To enter please use the Rafflecopter below. This competition is open to UK over 18’s only and the prize will be honoured by the PR company. Good luck and happy drinking, responsibly as always.

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55 Comments

  • Reply Tracy Nixon April 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I love rose wine, particularly Portuguese. Though I love all wines!

  • Reply Elizabeth Hinds April 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I love a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 🙂 Though if it’s wine, I will drink it!

  • Reply stuart hargreaves April 5, 2017 at 11:34 am

    NOT A EXPERT BUT I PREFER WHITE IF YOU ARE BUYING

  • Reply Fiona King April 5, 2017 at 11:42 am

    New Zealand Malborough wines

  • Reply debbie melville April 5, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I love Chardonnay 🙂

  • Reply Andrew Petrie April 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    My favourite style of wine is dry white from the Southern hemisphere.

  • Reply Pamela Gossage April 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I love rose with ice. It reminds me of holidays

  • Reply Jo Hutchinson April 5, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    My favourite style of wine is rose

  • Reply Mel Turner April 5, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Sweet Rose

  • Reply Louise Comb April 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    It varies, but I always enjoy something sweet and sparkling 😁

  • Reply jennifer thorpe April 5, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I love sauvignon blanc

  • Reply mari sutherland April 5, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    A slightly sweet yet fruity Alsace Gewurztraminer

  • Reply laura banks April 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    i like south african rose

  • Reply clair downham April 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    malbec thankyou

  • Reply Katie Skeoch April 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Love a bottle of château neuf de pape!

  • Reply Kerry Taylor April 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    White zinfandel. I’m a bit of a heathen when it comes to wine!

  • Reply Holly Gibson April 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I love a new Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

  • Reply Margaret gallagher April 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    South African wine is my favourite -crisp flavour that I love

  • Reply Rob Griffiths April 6, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I like a nice Burgundy

  • Reply Claire Nutman April 7, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I do love a little fizz ! x

  • Reply Eleanor Beavan April 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Sparkly whites are my favorite, thank you for a great giveaway !

  • Reply Solange April 8, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Prosecco

  • Reply purpleshoes April 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

    a dry white wine, preferably pinot grigio

  • Reply Victoria N April 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I love a pinot grigio

  • Reply Cherry Edwards April 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I love a slightly chilled, fruity Chardonnay

  • Reply cheryl hadfield April 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I like prosecco

  • Reply lynn savage April 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I like a rose wine the best

  • Reply Iris W April 11, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I love a nice chilled Pinot Grigio or Charonnay but really there s not many wines I don’t like

  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson April 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • Reply Helen Adams April 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I love Spanish wines, especially a good Rioja

  • Reply Maxine G April 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I’m partial to a fruity Italian red

  • Reply Helen Tovell April 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I like a cold dry crisp white

  • Reply stephen holman April 12, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    dry white wines

  • Reply Mark Bradbury April 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Sweet Rose

  • Reply Gemma Cook April 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Love Prosecco

  • Reply Rich Tyler April 14, 2017 at 12:13 am

    A sharaiz

  • Reply Natalie White April 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I love Malbec 🙂

  • Reply Katy Malkin April 16, 2017 at 6:25 am

    A fruity pino grigio. Juat enjoy tasting different wines though!

  • Reply Maria Jane Knight April 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I love those fruit infused rose wines

  • Reply Andrew Hindley April 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I like Lambrusco

  • Reply Emily Fraser April 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Has to be Prosecco! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda Johnson April 16, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I love Australian Chardonay

  • Reply Jessica Hutton April 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I like a nice bottle of Pinot xx

  • Reply ellie spider April 16, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I like rose myself

  • Reply Sarah Ann April 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I love Rose.

  • Reply Lindy Hine April 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Eclectic! – Red, White, Rose – love the lot although a good robust red is my favourite – along with a nice Chardonnay ….

  • Reply Lynsey Buchanan April 17, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I enjoy a Chardonnay

  • Reply pauline black April 17, 2017 at 3:21 am

    love prosecco but also a fan of Australian whites.

  • Reply Sarah Parker April 17, 2017 at 7:07 am

    a fizz is lovely 🙂

  • Reply Diana April 17, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Malbec is my favourite 🙂

  • Reply Jane April 17, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Pinot Noir makes me very happy and a lovely treat!

  • Reply Kim Neville April 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    My favourite is Prosecco

  • Reply sharon martin April 17, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    i like a italian pinot grigio

  • Reply Natalie Crossan April 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Chardonnay 😀 xxx

  • Reply Tee Simpson April 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Rosé

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