Yes, I said drinking the culture. The Spanish culture can be drunk-learned by enjoying its fantastic wines on location. When I say on location I mean in the wineyard, in the cellar, direct from the barrel, sulfites or chemical free, in the very heart of the smell of several types of wines and guided by the owner and maker of the golden treasures of his production. A very unique activity that still can be enjoyed with Global Language Training.
If there is something representative from Spain, this is definitely its fantastic wines. From Rioja to Ribera del Duero, Penedés, Albariño, etc. But there exists a unique wine in the world that is brewed in the south of the península: SHERRY WINE. Brewed from “Palomino fino” and “Pedro Ximénez” grapes (mainly). Everybody knows and recognise the quality and uniqueness of this wineries which offer the summum of wine culture exported from Cádiz province to the resto of the world. Wines that are more than wines, halfway between wines and spirits…
Taken to England By Drake (among others), which only increased the steem of its people to this wines. Laureated, celebrated and personified in love affection by William Shakespeare in some of his works (i.e. Henry IV). We find ourselves immersed in the most liquid expression of the character of its inhabitants and the history of this rich piece of land at the southernmost corner of Europe heading to Africa.
Last week, James, Stephanie, Xavier (the baby) McNeely and me went to pay a visit to Jose Luis Muñoz. He is the owner of a private bodega located near the river beds of Guadalquivir (Halfway between Jerez and Sanlucar, next to Doñana natural reserve), and spend his days taking care and pampering his wineyars to get his golden treasures that he is able to get from this land. We did a road trip from Sevilla, where they are learning Spanish with me, and in 45 minutes we got to Pepe’s place. After a walk arond the wineyards and the river to see some of the beautiful species of birds that live in Doñana, Xavier got hungry so we went back to the bodega (which is at Pepe’s house). Once there, having taken care of little Xavier, the magic started.
We started the taste with Pepe’s baby wines… This is the way he tenderly called them because these are the younger versions of the different wines which can be gotten from his grapes. We combined wine tasting with local snacks, cheese and cured meats in a very harmonic mood and, soon, our mouths started to feel the poetry inside the multiple nuances offered by the generosity of these wines’ flavours.
To finish the activity, we ended up trying his fantastic vinegar extracted from the same mother wine (not mentioned here, yet equally wonderful than his wines) during the meal and some other sweet wines as dessert. Our guests took some bottles of wine and vinegar which I’m very sure they are going to enjoy back home remembering the smell of the ancient cellar in every sip.
It was a unique experience and culture training, part of learning Spanish in Seville with us, in which our guests had the opportunity of acquiring the taste of the Spanish language through their mouths. But the best was the way James and Stephanie enjoyed every moment with Pepe and me. For which I dedicate this entry as lovers of hispanic culture. Thank you guys, I hope to see you soon again.
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