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.
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%.
Each wine was accompanied by one of Miguel’s special tapas. A seafood tapas was served with the white wine.
Miguel came out of the kitchen to describe each one.
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.
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.