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Barcelona: Roman Winery and Modern Bottle Shop

We leave the Pyrenees-locked country of Andorra on the 104th day of our EU Austerity Drinking Tour. Spain is our next step: land of Cava, Rioja, Bierzo, Ribera del Duero and countless other wines.

Cliff castles, shrub-dusted hills, Romanesque churches, and deep ravines all zip past like a slide show. Then fingered rocks form the most surreal horizon.

After a few hours, the road straightens, the land flattens, and agriculture and industry take over the landscape. We grow tired of a chatty traveler from Israel. Less dramatic villages crawl by, occasionally peppered by a ruin or two. Continue reading

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Climbing the Pyrenees to Andorra: Capdevila Pujol, Brut, Cava, Spain NV

After a month of drinking our way through western France, we shift our EU Austerity Drinking Adventure south.  But before bathing in Spain’s wine culture, we tack on three days in Andorra. We have no idea what Andorra will be.  … Continue reading

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Torre Oria, TORREORIA, Brut, 100% Macabeo, Cava (Requena), Spain NV

100% Macabeo, aka Macabeu, aka Viura (a player in the classic Cava triumvirate, alongside xarel-lo, perellada).  Never tried it as a single varietal Brut.  Rare for Spain.  Tasted non-blind without food.  Let’s see: It looks clear, with a medium minus … Continue reading

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Cava, Dibon Brut Reserve, Catalunya, Spain NV

Drink this Cava. Agricola Dibon has overseen an amusing sparkler that outpaces its price ($9-11) in quality. This sparkling wine comes from Vilafranca del Penedes: Spain’s sparkling homeland of Catalonia in the northeast. Their 75 hectares of trellised vines are … Continue reading

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