Monthly Archives: December 2012

Third annual wine and spirit fair, Seville

III feria De Los Vinos, Licores Y Anisados De La Provincia de Sevilla

 

The Seville Wine Show. – Money not very well spent

 

I spent some of Saturday at a wine and spirit tasting in Seville, designed to promote local viticulture and distillation. As a wine tasting event this did not seem to be a great success. In total there were 10 bodegas (some not present on Saturday) and 6 distilleries. At this stage I confess that oxidised fortified wines like Sherry are not to my taste and I don’t drink much white wine, so I restricted an already restricted field, a lot.

First I sampled two reds from Bodegas Colonias De Galeon, a small (4 hectare) bodega run on ecological principles, in the hills to the north west of Seville. I tried the MC11 – a 2010 ‘Joven’ a local mixture of Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo and Syrah. Things did not get off to a good start as the sample was served in a small plastic shot glass. I have no idea what the wine smelled of, not fruit anyway, it tasted like wine with a very dry, green pepper finish. The wine seemed to be well balanced and had no green tannins. And that’s it. At a prospective price of €5 per bottle there is not a lot to say.

Next up was the Roble 10 – this time with Merlot added to the blend – so Claret plus Tempranillo. The roble title comes from 10 months in oak – which was the predominant taste. Again the wine was very dry. Price €7 per bottle.

Neither of the above were bad wines, but they were presented very badly – if you are going to offer a wine to be tasted, especially a premium priced wine, you need to offer it in a tasting glass – sell them to the show visitors for 1 or 2 euro each, if necessary – then people can see and smell what they tasting.

 

Moving on to Bodegas F.Saldo and their Lagar de Salado – 100% Tempranillio served in white plastic water dispenser cups and not very nice at all.

At this point I gave up, missing out on a raft of ‘sherry’ style wines from Fino types to Pedro Ximenez stickies I also missed out on the distilled liquids and the white wines.

 

Conclusion – Negatives: The show was very small, it did not provide/sell any form of tasting glasses for the wines, it was outdoors inside a marque in winter (14 Celsius more or less), there was no palate cleansing bread, no small samples of meat or cheese for the red wines. All these points limited the opportunities for the wines to shine.

Positives: The show brochure is 38 pages of very informative glossy guide. It is the best produced wine show guide I have ever been given.

 

 

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