132/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Conca de Barbera – Come Va? & VinoDIvino – Clos Montblanc – Sauvignon Blanc 2013
…., beginning to think that I’m wasting time, I don’t understand the things I do, the world outside looks so unkind, I’m counting on you! I’m counting on the company of good friends and it has been a great week! Not counting the weekdays starting from Monday, just taking into account the last seven days, irrespective of weekdays! Sometimes it takes planning and consideration with regards to the people around me, but mostly it works out just fine.
Come Va? How is it going? Well, let me tell you! It’s going just fine, how can it not? The small coastal town of Calafell is quite dead during the off season, but comes alive once the summer starts. Cosy? Not really, but you’ll find the odd eatery and the beach is splendid! There’s also a wine shop, VinoDIvino (Divine wine!) which I like to visit on occasions! The owner Edu is a gentile man, offering a glass to taste, always taking the time to discuss wines and sharing his local knowledge. A true source of inspiration.
I am not the only expatriate here, and among the different European and non-European nationalities ther’s also the wondering Italian here and there. Anywhere in the world I have made Italian friends they tend to be in the restaurant trade. I lived in Dar es Salaam for a while and even there, my Italian connections consisted of foodies! In Calafell, somehow, I managed to find the same type in Massimiliano! A huge Italian guy with passion for the fine art of food! He’s the owner of Come Va? restaurant in Calafell and if you are ever in the hood, you should try it, if Italian is what you yearn for. A living-room setting and you know you’ll be well looked after, eating and drinking great stuff!
A couple of times a month, Edu and Massimiliano put their heads together and offer a wine/food pairing for basically no money. They do it, so that foodies and wine lover can come together and taste some of the good stuff the region has to offer. Sometimes they offer wines from Italy or other countries and also Grappa or other hard liquors but I’d say that it mostly revolves around what they find in the Catalan appellations. Point being, let’s get together and have a great time!
A couple of days ago, an invitation arrived….., and just to do something different…., I went! Conca de Barbera was up for grabs and the winery this time was Clos Montblanc, not all to unfamiliar. Although a large, almost bulk producing winery, but they still keep some kind of quality to their production and among the five wines tried my mind appreciated the Sauvignon Blanc the most. It was paired with a mushroom spinach lasagna, served with a mushroom paste. Great pairing and maybe that’s why I liked it so much?
During the course of the evening, several dishes were served, all well thought through, having a themed name and paired with the different wines by Edu. After two whites, two reads and a pinkish Cava, it was time for the youngest amongst us to depart, while the old folks kept on discussing the event!
Clos Montblanc, Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Bright straw color. Expressing the grape, which to me was a bit of surprise, normally they don’t use a lot of Sauvignon Blanc in the Conca de Barbera, but this one was true to the varietal. Subtle floral aromas. White pear, fresh fruit. Grapefruit, but very light touches, as well as some tropical fruit and slight grassy notes. Flavorful, fresh and fruity in the mouth with quite some length. Not the best white from Conca but certainly went well with the pasta from Come Va?
247 to go!
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