Cadaqués 2012: año nuevo…nou any… nouvel an… new year’s….

vendredi, 6 janvier, 2012

Navidad en UK i para empezar bien el año nuevo Cadaqués….

Noël en Angleterre et pour bien commencer l’année dés le 1er Janvier: Cadaqués…

Christmas in England and to start properly the new year: Cadaqués….

Promenade matinale eu Cap de Creus….. A nice walk early morning at Cap de Creus…

A catar los nuevos vinos del año y preparar los…. Dégustation des nouveaux vins et préparations des nouveaux millésimes… Tasting of the new wines and preparing them for the spring…..

Visita de amigos restauradores: Pep Curiel del Restaurant Tramonti … Rafel Sabadi del Restaurant El Roser 2 ….

i amigos galeristas: Patrick Domken « Expo Valmont« …

o artistas como Daniel Zerbst, o Patricia Sicardi ….

El dia 5 por la noche llegaron los Reyes….; Le 5 au soir l’arrivée des Rois mages….. On the 5th the arrival of the Three Kings….

El pueblo entero esta aquí: Cadaquesencs de toda la vida, Filipinos, Bolivianos, Franceses, Ingléses, Holandeses, Maroquinos,Belgos, Chilenos, etc… super ambiente i encuentro un monton de amigos…

Tout le village est là: les gens de toujours, les philippins, boliviens, français, anglais, hollandais, belges, marocains, chiliens, etc…. Super ambiance et plein de rencontres d’amis…

The whole village is there; Locals and from Philipines, Bolivia, France, UK, Holland, Maroc, Belgium, Chile, etc…. Great ambiance and plenty of friends I had not seen yet…

Enjoy – Régalez vous avec – Disfrutas con:  Pirata, Sirenes de Cadaqués 2010 or S’Alqueria 2006  in MUT, Garbi, Don Quichote,  and many other restaurants around and abroad… i muchos mas restaurants localmente y afuera…. dans plein de bons restaurants localement et ailleurs….



mardi, 1 septembre, 2009

The wines of Bulli-land
31 Aug 2009 by Jancis Robinson
« Having spent quite a substantial part of 21 consecutive summers in the  western Languedoc, we are finding ourselves straying south of the  Spanish border with increasing frequency – mainly to enjoy the much  more varied and sophisticated food that’s available there.  Cassoulet  v El Bulli acolytes sprinkled liberally over the Costa Brava basically  – not much of a contest.  See, for example, Richard Neville’s recent  review of  Ca l’Enric in Your views.

The wines made in the very far north-eastern corner of Spain, in the  DO Empordà, have also been improving quite considerably. This steep,  traditionally terraced, often schistous wine country on the  Mediterranean coast is only just over the border from Banyuls in  Roussillon, and in parts the rocks look not unlike the llicorella of  Priorat, and are far from a million miles from those of the Agly Valley.

The most impressive wine I have come across from this part of the  world is the first vintage of a new enterprise, S’Alqueria 2006  Empordà. Ivo Pagès, pictured here wearing the traditional Catalan  baratina (described by him as having a similar status as a kilt in  Scotland) at a wedding,


was brought up in the wild hills, mainly  National Park, in the hinterland of Cadaquès, just round a rocky  headland from El Bulli. With experience from wineries all over Europe,  he began work on older vineyards in his homeland and this is the  result.  It is the most sophisticated blend of very old Samsó (Carignan) and Grenache Noir from Rabos, and 18-year-old Petit Verdot  and old Macabeo from Villajuiga. The result is a 13.5% subtle red  blend with considerable minerality and a whiff of the sea. It’s not  cheap, alas.  Planet of the Grapes in London want £37.50 for a bottle.  Also in London, Philglas & Swiggot are listed as stockists on Pagès  information-rich website in four languages. But the wine is certainly  classed-growth standard, and really distinctive. It’s also on the list  at restaurants such as The Greenhouse Restaurant* UMU* and Pied à Terre**,  apparently. Look out for a new style of red he is developing in tandem  with this most serious wine.

Ivo’s top new restaurant tip in his area, by the way is the Miramar in  Port Llanca which now has an ex Bulli chef installed.  We have had two  excellent lunches at the slightly more traditional Els Pescadores right on the marina where the sommelier is a delight. »

Jancis…thanks for your support and the people I work with: growers, wholesalers, restaurants, retail shops…. They had the guts tom buy my wine without knowing me, or with any media support. they just liked it  and that’s the beauty. It just confort me on the quality potential of wines from Emporda D.O.

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