Spain: The Journey IS the Reward

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving—we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

In the Aerosmith power ballad Amazing, written by Steven Tyler and Richie Supa, is the incredible and infallible lyric: Life's a journey, not a destination. This week we're going to take that to heart and celebrate it. Our destination may be Spain and some wines thereof, but the focus will be the journey.

Starting in Rias Baixas, on the coast of northwestern Spain, we'll be enjoying A Veira do Mar Albarino. Translated, A Veira do Mar means 'The Side of the Sea.' On the label is a sailboat braving the high, tumultuous seas. Upon this boat we will make our way south in the Atlantic and then east through the Straight of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea and then north into Balearic Sea to the island of Mallorca. On that isle, we'll have a wine made from Giro Ros, a pink-skinned grape indigenous to the island. Produced by Bodegas Ca'N Verdura, the "Ca Ses Rosetes" is an homage to winemaker Tomeu Llabres’ mother’s side of the family, their nickname.

After that long trek we'll need a rest, so we'll stop over in Ostatu and enjoy the Ostatu Rioja Rosé. Ostatu is located in an 18th-century structure in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria range which was a former country inn (or hostel, offering hospitality; the origins of the name Ostatu) which travelers would stop for nourishment and rest on their way across the mountainous Basque Country. The Sáenz de Samaniego family, makers of this wine, has been farming in the area since the 16th century – for so many generations, in fact, that their family name and the village’s name are the same.

And finally we'll make our pilgrimage through the Greenway of the Asturias, along the Path of the Bear, a rugged mountainous route in northern Spain known for Spanish folklore, religious sites and medieval architecture. Our concluding wine will be Bernabeleva's Garnacha Camino De Navaherreros, which gets its name from The Path of the Bear.

Leading us on our travels will be Parris Benight (named for a French, not Spanish, city, we know, but she'll be a great guide!) So come on out and brave the high seas, the beautiful Balearic islands, the Path of the Bear and safe harbor of rest and respite with some truly exceptional wines!

Salud!

The Wine Shop Team


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