Viña Matalian vs Socaire, 2014 

A nice little demonstration of what wine making choices are all about. The same fruit (palomino fino), parcel of land (Finca Matalian, near Chiclana), vintage (2014) and producer (Primitivo Collantes) but two utterly distinct wines. The Viña Matalian was fermented in temperature controlled inox and as far as I know hasn’t had any barrel and what … Continue reading Viña Matalian vs Socaire, 2014 

Finca Matalian, Pozo Galván, and the man himself: Primitivo Collantes

Down South they sell cars with a special set of gears designed for slowly making your way out to the vineyards. You start in first before changing up to “dawdling”, then smoothly up through “chugging along “, “ambling” “moseying”, and finally “meandering”, reaching a top speed of around 15 miles per hour within fifteen minutes. … Continue reading Finca Matalian, Pozo Galván, and the man himself: Primitivo Collantes

El Campero

Had a fantastic meal at El Campero, Spain’s most famous temple to tuna in Barbate, along the Cadiz coast to the South. Had no reservation, just rocked up to the bar (and waited an hour and change) and kept it simple – some cracking toasts, carpaccio and tartare to start and then a few different … Continue reading El Campero

#4GWFEST2018 – Part 2 – Primitivo Collantes and the king of grapes

Another of the wines on my wishlist at the Cuatrogatos Wine Fest this weekend is in the almost unmarked bottle on the right above: a white wine from Uva Rey planted and grown by the great, criminally unheralded, Primitivo Collantes. A lot of good things are happening down in Andalucia these days and whatever good things … Continue reading #4GWFEST2018 – Part 2 – Primitivo Collantes and the king of grapes