|Mural in Falset, Tarragona, principal village of comarca of Priorat.|
“Many of us have the desire to travel and visit wine regions around the world. There are many places I want to visit. Getting there is not always possible. When you bring home a bottle of wine from NE Spain, read about the region, its people and cuisine, it helps to bring that part of the world a little closer to home. Thinking about you Catalunya.”
William Pollard Jr, 3 March 2016, Poema White and Red Two DO Catalunya Wines from Catalan.
|Vineyard tour DO Emporda, Mas Llunes old vines.|
In order to properly share what I learned and experienced in Catalunya, I need to cover a lot of territory. Consequently, I have created this outline to guide me and you my reader. It may change over time as I create the content and try to tell a cohesive story.
As I mentioned in the previous post, Catalunya a Return Home, I was notified by DO Catalunya (Consell Regulador de la Denominació d’Origen Catalunya) that I was a finalist in a blog writing competition. Would I be attending the BlocDOCat gala in Barcelona? Yes, my head was spinning. Only two weeks to arrange for my first visit to Barcelona and Catalunya. And maybe an award winner?
I had no idea what I was in for.
All of this occurred within the span of seven days. And then I was on a plane headed for Barcelona. A destination not on my itinerary for this year. I was a finalist for an award for my blog post on DO Catalunya. And I was promised a wine country tour of DO Catalunya. For the first time I would meet Manel, my sister-in-laws boyfriend, I would meet his brother and I would lose my heart to his mother and Catalunya. All in the span of another seven days.
|On the road to Falset and Priorat.|
Introduction: Catalunya a Return Home
Outline: Catalunya a Return Home
- History of Catalunya/Catalonia.
To understand a place you need to understand its past.
Pre-history to present.
- Language of Catalunya.
The primary language of Catalunya is Català/Catalan.
- Culture of Catalunya.
Hello and goodbye
Time - When to eat
- Cuisine of Catalunya.
What is Catalan cuisine?
Menu of the day
Restaurants and meals: El Coro Bar Restaurant, El Celler de l'Aspic, Restaurant Battlle, Restaurant at Monestir de Poblet, Restaurant Senyor Parellada, Bodegas Torres Mas Rabell Vineyard Farmhouse Restaurant, Restaurant Can Roca.
Catalan Food bloggers
- a. Mas LLunes Winery 2013 Rhodes, DO Emporda.
A recounting of my visit to the winery, vineyards and a review of the 2013 Rhodes.
My friend April Reddout, Wine Program Manager at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, told me before I left that this would be a life changing trip. Little did I know how correct she would be.