Wines from Alboloduy and Tapas from Las Negras

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Cristina Calvache introducing her wines

Only nine people turned up for the wine evening at El Brindi Negro last night. It was a shame because the owner of the bodega in Alboloduy, Cristina Calvache, was present to introduce and talk about each of her four wines and it was an enjoyable and informative evening.

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Three attentive ladies

We started with her white wine from the grape Jaen Blanca, a native grape of Eastern Andalucia. The vines are over 80 years old and grow at an altitude of 1,200 metres. This crisp and fruity wine is 13%.

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A seafood tapas with the white wine

Each wine was accompanied by one of Miguel’s special tapas. A seafood tapas was served with the white wine.

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Miguel talking tapas

Miguel came out of the kitchen to describe each one.

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A tapas to go with one of the reds

Three red wines followed, starting with a young, fruity and smooth Temperanillo , 14%. Then a Syrah and a Cabernet which had matured in oak barrels. These rich wines were 15%. The wines were all excellent and the tapas delicious. It is a pity more people did not come to this event. Perhaps it was just too sophisticated for Las Negras.

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Wines from Alboloduy

Cristina said she is updating her web site but the bodega is open to the public and the wines can be purchased there. Production is too low to supply supermarkets. http://www.labodegadealboloduy.com/index.html.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Wines from Alboloduy and Tapas from Las Negras

  1. thyswim says:

    I wanted very much to come but Marieke was too tired because we went to Murcia during the day. Next wine tasting we will be there if we are in Las Negras then.

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