Since the turn of the year, it’s been the season of quick trips. First Chile. Two weeks later, I skipped the Loire… oops! and instead, went to Spain. It had been too long since I visited Catalonia, so much has changed. What was a handful of natural guys is now a revolution and one of the hottest spots for natural activity. Of special note were visits to Oriol Artigas and Eduard Pié. Both perform intense, passionate work in the vineyard and painstaking work in the winery. You need to have that special sort of crazy in order to make a difference, and I think it is part of the Catalonian spirit.
Met some amazing people, went to some gorgeous vineyards. And oh-my-god, the light. The light. The light. Extraordinary. Look at it. Don’t you think it has to have a special effect on the taste of the wine. No one talks of this, the quality of the light whether it’s one of reflection such as in Burgundy or absorption, such as in this part of eastern Spain.
Which brings me to light and me.You you might be amused to listen to two recent podcasts. One is with Melanie Young and David Ransom on The Connected Table. The other, on Peter Barrett’s CookPod, a bit more long form.
And with that… till later!