Some claim that globalization is shrinking our planet. But the world of wine continues to expand at a rapid rate.
were two recent examples of this expansion in west Los Angeles
recently. The first, held at Mr. C's in Beverly Hills, was conducted by
the Italian Trade Commission and presented foods and wines from
southern Italy and Sicilia. Unfortunately for this Writer it took place
just two days after my eye surgery so I could not attend.
second took place yesterday at the Wine House in west Los Angeles where
Catalan wines from northern Spain were presented with some of the
leading vintners and wine makers of the region personally on hand to
talk about and present their wines.
I attended this event which
included a seminar conducted by Dean Medeiros who explained Catalonia's
place and importance in Spain and especially Barcelona as the center and
heartland of the region. Also attending was Javier Vallaure, Consul
General of Spain in Los Angeles.
Barcelona, Spain's second
largest city, has in the last quarter century expanded in industry,
technology and finance as well in the arts.
Vineyards and wines
have been in place in Catalonia since Roman times and now includes
eleven appellations. Wineries in the region has kept pace with new wine
making methods as well as planting of varietals with new popularity
like Tempranilio, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
sparkling wine, has been identified with Catalan for over one hundred
years. It is produced from three local white grape varieties--Xarel-lo,
Macebeo and Parellada
Local red varietals still appear in some of
the reds like Cannena, Grenache, Carignan and Marselan. These almost
always as part of a blend
Twelve Catalan wineries were represented at the Wine House event.