Funny how one little lunch

Can convince you that you might have missed your calling.



That really, you should be the apprentice of a winemaker in Rioja, Spain. That you should spend your days strolling through vineyards, harvesting grapes and doing all those romantic-sounding things that vintners do.

I had lunch with the delightful Maria Martinez of Bodegas Montecillo Rioja recently and sampled seven vintages from her winery that date all the way back to 1975. (Quite a way to spend an afternoon.)

So if the winemaking life is calling to you too, head to Spain and try a bottle of Ms. Martinez’s first vintage: Montecillo Gran Reserva Seleccion Especial (1975). Or if you just want to pick up a bottle to take to your next dinner party, opt for her Montecillo Reserva (2006) which is a modest $23.99 and available in BC.

[First photo found here.]

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  • Reply Melissa April 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I think i’ll just stick with wine drinking ;)

  • Reply Cassie April 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    So gorgeous–I could totally live on a vineyard, no problem! Have a great night!

  • Reply Liv April 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    ah I’ve totally had that dream – reminds me a bit of the novel A Good Year. Love the idea of it, but I know the reality is pretty hard. Winemaking is not for the faint of heart!

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