10.00 am… Guest starts to arrive for the presentation of the catalan wines made by Pitu Roca, from El Celler de Can Roca – Second best restaurant in the World !!
I can catch with my Iphone Radio Cap de Creus « on live » , so nice to have some news while in New-York !! Nuria does the translation while « Pitu » speaks…. the room is full and the guest very attentive !
The day is long but quite a few good contacts, to follow in the near future.
I take the opportunity to taste the wines from some other producers: Very interesting, discovering a « specific » grape form Terra Alta and some others delicious Catalan wines….Visitors loved my labels and the wines too, let’s hope we can do something !
I keep meeting importers and presenting my wines while visiting New-York, as well as having drinks and diner with old friends I had not seen for years: Great !
Great experience in this restaurant recommended by a friend of mine : « Diner« .... Came to eat a « T-bone steack » but…. no meat for lunch… « we serve only light meals »…Fuck it ! So I order a proper burger with real meat, delicious spicy tomato sauce and what an ambiance, with a bottle of french wine. I have to explain myself » I am french….. and wine producer…… so I drink wine and support my colleagues….Not sure he understands me, one bottle for one guy, doesn’t seams normal to him ». He comes back to me and tells me the producer which wine I am drinking are coming to tonight for some meat: Lucky Mr & Mme Breton from Domaine Breton
The first time I hear » Sorry we don’t have Coca-Cola…. but we have a local cola »…
Cross the bridge from Brooklyn back to Manhattan….walking in New-York, that’s a great experience too & when tired just grab a yellow cab trying to get a « Ford » one and not these modern « SUV style ones » ! ….
….still american flags everywhere, would be nice to see the same in Catalunya, Spain or France more often !
Amazed by the kindness of every one met during my first stay: my friends – seems normal :))) – people in the street when you ask your way; in bars; in restaurants; driving – incredible how relaxing it is although driving rules are different.. -; to get my train: in the cab – especially when you say you are a wine producer… – One of my Cab driver was very happy to tell me he liked « Mouton-Cadet » (for France…:))) ) and Concha y Tro for « nice and cheap Cab. Sauv. – 2 brands within the TOP 10 . In fact it « seemed so much » that I don’t know it I had coped with it for another week ! ONE major problem, could’nt find A PLACE where to drink a proper « espresso », even in New-York…just can’t believe it !
Another day.. last one ! Shopping for the kids on 5th Avenue….
… packing and train to go and meet a friend who’s in the wine business too and celebrate 11-11-11 at his house before getting back tomorrow…
A few expressions: « OOOOOHHHH MY GOOOODDD », « Geeeee », « Hi man ! »
Will be back, definitely: haven’t tried travelling by bus, need to see more « country music clubs » with my friends, etc… 2 to 3 time a year will be a good way to discover and enjoy AMERICA and promote my wines which will be available begining of 2012… YEEEAAAHHHH !!
En Noviembre iré a presentar mis vinos en Nueva-York… Super interesante i mucho interés a desarollar algo de vino Català diferente: S’Alqueria 2006 – Pirata « Espécial » & « Sirenes de Cadaqués 2010″…..
El Josep Roca del Restaurante « Celler de Can Roca » en Girona, presentara i comentara los vinos a los Sommeliers de Nueva-York !!
In November I will be showing my wines in New-York: S’Alqueria 2006 – Pirata « Espécial » & « Sirenes de Cadaqués 2010″…..
Very interesting and la lot of energy for me to develop some good business with Catalan wines on that side of the atlantic !
November 9th –Associacio Vinicola Catalana presents
a Tasting of Catalonia Wines
123 West 18 Street, 4th Floor
New York City
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
From D.O. Alella, D.O. Catalunya, D.O. Emporda, D.O. Montsant, D.O. Penedes, D.O. Priorat, D.O. Tarragona, and D.O. Terra Adria, among others. Exclusively for wine industry trade and media.
10:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. Sr. Josep Roca of the Michelin 3-star El Celler de Can Roca in Girona will lead a guided seminar and tasting. Seating will be limited to 40 attendees. Reservations will be on a first-come basis. Information: 212-620-5343.
Fins ara… See you soon !
Early january of this year Dr Jay Miller was hosted to visit and discover Catalunya. A lot of people complained about his helicopter tours, lunches, etc…. I think it is important for us producers to welcome journalists, as it can be organised in other great areas : Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Piemonte, Tuscany,etc…
What I hate, are errors and wrong informations….
« Catalunya is a region on the Mediterranean coast that encompasses a part of southern France and a part of northeast Spain, many of whose inhabitants consider themselves Catalan first and foremost. Many still speak the indigenous language (now recognized in Spain as the official language of the region). Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and a major seaport is the Catalan capital and a wonderful place for wine tourists to base themselves while visiting Bodegas.
Catalunya’s wine history began in the 1870’s when Cava started…… » Dr Jay MILLER WINE ADVOCATE
1st mistake: CATALUNYA is a COUNTRY….not a region…and maybe one day a State !
2nd mistake: Our language has been one of the most important around Mediterranean before Colomb discovered the « new world »….
3rd mistake: we are not « Catalan first », Just Catalan with a french or spanish passport …..
4th mistake: Catalunya’s wine history began much earlier than that, sorry mate !! 6th Century before J-C when the greek colony built the city of « Empuries » today’s known as « Ampuriabrava »…(History – D.O. Empordà)
Dr Jay Miller; Wine Advocate – René Barbier, « el Grande »…
I feel really sorry for my american friends, readers of the wine advocate -for which i have a great respect even if I do not agree always with them – and consumers, that a « journalist » can’t do his job properly !!
Pancho Campo is the first spanish Master of Wine. His business is to promote Spanish wines: The Wine Academy
Christopher Cannan: I have been for many years in the business prior setting up « Vinya ivo » and know Christopher… He has made an excellent work for small and medium size french, italian and spanish producers with « Europvin« . He is a producer in Clos Figueras and is a close friend of René Barbier .
René Barbier met him once briefly…. Love his wines… would love to meet him . I do not know him personaly. I hope I will meet him one day !
Dr Jay Miller : « Ignorant » = 20/100 .. So you are welcome to visit AGAIN Catalunya and you might hopefully get 85/100 ….. next time !