On Tuesday, the 11th of March, there is a blogger dinner scheduled in downtown Barcelona. Bodegas Tintoralba, a large cooperative located in Almansa Spain, is sponsoring a dinner for bloggers of any make and model. Regardless if your passion is food, wine or travel, you are more than welcome to RSVP either here or here to inform us if you’ll be around. For those of you not familiar with the tasting schedule in Spain, the blogger dinner will be on the same week as the gigantic wine and food fair: Alimentaria. If you’re a blogger, we encourage you to sign up as press and attend, even if it’s only for one day. It’s a great opportunity to taste and explore wines from all over Spain, while making connections with other bloggers! For more information, check out Tintoralba’s website and Catavino.es.
In other news, the 2008 European Wine Blogger Conference has a home: www.ewbc2008.wineblogger.info, complete with a forum and contact page! Although the page is rather desolate still, we’re slowly adding to it as we go. Also, this past week at FITUR, I met with some people who are interested in helping us out, and possibly, sponsoring part of it. If you want to lend a hand, or hope to attend, please join us in the forum and share your ideas.
If you know someone who would like to help sponsor the event, or contribute in some other way, I’m all ears. Leave a message here, or over on the new site. So far, I think we have a great turn out shaping up. I do still hope and pray that we can attract some Americans on this side of the pond. What’s it going to take guys? How many of you might consider it if there was some financial help? What about you Canadians, South Americans, Australians or New Zealanders? What will it take to have you enjoy a few tapas under the sun?
This will be one off the last substantial posts on the conference on Catavino, as we’d prefer to stick to the subject we know best, Iberian wine. We’ll continue to post here with the occasional update, but ask that you please leave your comments and questions on the new site. Even if you’re not attending, your ideas are valuable, so please don’t hesitate to chime in on the conversation.
In other Spanish wines news, The Olive Press reported that Granada, a small town located in the southern political province of Andalusia is petitioning for D.O. status. As a result of their high altitude and cool, temperate evenings, grapes are said to slowly maturate, whereby providing better acid-sugar levels. On these grounds, winemakers are claiming their wines are of quality and worthy of a Denominacion de Origen status.
Finally, you all can sleep soundly now that Sangria has been approved after 70+ years as a legitimate mixed drink. We know you were fretting over this, but fortunately, your worries can now be put to rest. So get out there, and mix yourself up a Spanish Sangria!
BTW Our two months of covering Rioja is officially underway. Stay tuned as we get ready to explore this historic and important Spanish Wine Region.