I’m particularly passionate about the wines of Navarra. For me, this neighbouring region to the more famous and illustrious Rioja, produces top quality wines that just deserve to be discovered. Historically, the province of Navarra has become synonymous with the best agricultural produce, especially peppers, asparagus, tomatoes and lettuce that it is known as “The Garden of Spain“. In addition, another famous product of the region are the legendary ‘rosado‘ wines. In fact, these pink wines became so famous (almost like the iconic rose wines of Provence), that they soon took on the moniker of “wines of the people“. Navarra also produces some top-notch moscatel wines, with most winemakers’ preference and stylistic nod towards the fresh, floral and aromatic styles, as opposed to the unctuously sweet and raisiny wines from Andalusia.
1998 was the first time I visited Navarra and I must say, I really enjoyed the experience. We visited bodegas such as Chivite, Guelbenzu, Ochoa, Castillo de Monjardin and Nekeas. We were warmly greeted at each bodega, taken on tours of the vineyards, attended many wine tastings and treated to some delicious regional food and wine, such was their generous hospitality. I have many fond memories, which have all contributed to my enthusiasm, passion and knowledge during my personal journey as a sommelier and wine communicator – a.k.a “The Epicurean Odyssey“.
Later, in 2008 when I was at Orrery Restaurant in Marylebone, I hosted a wine tasting and dinner with Carlos Biurrun and their winemaker. It was a wonderful occasion, not only to meet up once again with them after all this time, but also it gave the opportunity for the restaurant’s diners to discover and enjoy some beautiful wines.
In 2012, I was invited to the Wines of Navarra tasting by Angeline Bayly. Carlos was there, presenting his wines, together with other Navarran wine producers too. We had a little catch up and he kindly agreed for me to ‘interview’ him with my roving sommelier camera. I wanted him to talk specifically about the region’s heritage for rosado wines.
I hope you enjoy my video interview
For more information and a tasting note from Carlos, please click here.
Rest assured I have more blog articles, videos, interviews, wine reviews and food and wine matching ideas coming up soon.
Follow my tweets and updates on Twitter @rovingsommelier
The epicurean odyssey continues…