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The Wine-Tasting Day

Wine ProductionFor our first trip out of the summer, we spent the day in and around Galera on an organised wine-tasting expedition. 10 of us (we knew each other already) got together and headed off to various wine production facilities in the area. What an eye-opener. Galera can seem very sleepy at times but not only around the area but IN the town is a very active wine-growing community.

We learned about and sampled everything from white, rose and red wines to some superb award winning sparkling wine, in the process learning about possible wine use by early settlers as far back as 4,000 years ago (they had wine cups, we’re just not 100% certain they put wine in them).

frozen topOf the places we visited and wines we tasted I found the sparkling white not only to be the best tasting but also the most interesting as we discovered how it is twice fermented and how they use freezing techniques to remove the products of fermentation of an award-winning product, all in the basement of the most beautiful home smack in the middle of town – you would never guess any kind of production was going on.

An absolutely marvellous day at the end of which we ended up in the bar (in my case for a coke) with weather warm enough to sunbathe – and then came home to an early night.

Today we’re off to the Sunday market in Baza. At 8am it was only 11c here but the sky is clear and it won’t take long to warm up. Looking for shelving, desks and chairs over the next few days for the cave and for my office. Photos are on Flickr here.


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