The Espai Priorat was launched last evening at a magnificent gathering at the Restaurant Club Nàutic in Cambrils. This beautiful town of 32,000 inhabitants is located about an hour south of Barcelona in the Torroja region. In attendance were a lively group of some 60+ wine importers, exporters, and journalists from China, Korea, India, the UK, Switzerland, the United States and other countries. Tomorrow and Tuesday, we will be participating in tasting of Priorat’s finest wines.
Last evening’s event was hosted by the Major of Cambrils and the Cambrils Tourism Board and gave us the rare opportunity to taste the magnificent cooking of four of the region’s finest chefs: Diego Campos (El Rincon de Diego, Joan Bosch, (Can Bosch), Manel Morell (casa Gallau) and Joan Pedrell (Joan Gatell). Diego Campos and Joan Pedrell are recipients of one Michelin star. Our meal consisted of a selection of Catalan sea food dishes culminating in the Fideus “rossos” a four hundred-year old dish made of noodles in fish stock. All of our food during the evening was paired with the magnificent wines of Priorat. Tomorrow, we begin our tastings at the Cal Compete.which will be followed by dinner at the magnificent restaurant “El Balcó del Priorate in Morera de Montsant.
Priorat is one of Spain’s most exciting wine regions, producing highly attractive terroir-driven minerally wines from old vines of Garnacha and Carinena. Mike Potashnik, Publisher, International Wine Review