From drink to drink

SO MUCH ELBOW WATCHING THAT WE FORGOT TO DRINK

Let’s be frank, in this country, cheap wine, the most ordinary wine with no presumptions towards gracing the most elegant tables, always had an image of a cheapo product for boozers. In the Spain of the dictatorship, wine suffered the same fate as extra virgin olive oil, it was for the poor and those who lived badly. It wouldn’t be the best wine in the world, these wines weren’t overflowing with the wonderful benefits and high qualities that Bacchus would have wished for, of course not, but at least wine was drunk at home every day, people enjoyed drinking wine, they drank it with lunch and with dinner, it was used for cooking , in home remedies, for making toast with sugar, it was served with lemonade, used for macerating the chorizo, and who knows what else, but at least it was drunk, it was made here and as a business it provided many families with their livelihood.

WARNING SIGNS WHICH INDICATE THAT IN SOME RESTAURANTS ONE SHOULDN´T ORDER WINE

Tempranillo, the famous Andalusian bandit who, armed with a blunderbuss, would rob you in the Andalusian mountains, was according to the chronicles of the time polite even charming especially with the ladies. These days not even the ladies are safe from some soulless innkeeper, bottle of tempranillo, his blunderbuss, at the ready, who challenges them with a shout of: white or red?

VALTRAVIESO WINERY AND VINEYARDS

I was really excited when the Yalocotoyo.com agency which specializes in Wine Marketing and Social Media invited me to visit the magnificent Valtravieso Winery. Very few of us were given this opportunity and I was one of the chosen. Ever since my time at Laviña, the wine Cathedral where I had the responsibility of being the first Communications Director, it has been one of the wines on my lists of favourites.

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