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jueves, 31 de diciembre de 2009

Casa de la Ermita Dulce Monastrell 2006

Casa de la Ermita Duce Monastrell 2006

This is a wine produced from sun dried grapes. It is really pleasant. In fact, it has been a pleasure to be positively surprised again thanks to a good wine. It reminds me the violet flowers. Really delicate and complex.
Its price is 6,45 EUR at Tesi Mascarell for this 0,5l bottle.

miércoles, 30 de diciembre de 2009

Pedro Ximenez Andrade Reserva 1985

Pedro Ximenez Andrade Reserva 1985

This is a Pedro Ximenez wine from Huelva. Thus, it is not a Montilla-Moriles PX. Although I prefer PX with higher density I think that this one will be a good option for those that find PX too sweet and sugar-texture wine. The taste is great, but Montilla-Moriles area offers more taste to dried grapes. its price is around 9 EUR. However, it is only a half litter bottle.

martes, 29 de diciembre de 2009

Linie Aquavit

Linie Aquavit

This is alcohol made from potatoes. I do not recommend it. It has a hells' taste.

lunes, 28 de diciembre de 2009


C/ Ciutat 10, Barcelona

Although I had enjoyed this place in the past, I think that they have changed a lot. The amount of food is not enough and you fill hungry after the sampling menu (22,5 eur per person including VAT and a small amount of wine). These photos below are for a couple of people. The quality is reasonable. The haricot beans with pumpkin were the best. On the other hand, the service is too slow.

domingo, 27 de diciembre de 2009

Viña 32 Raimat Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Viña 32, Raimat Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This is a "classic" wine. Worth to taste it. its price is below 9 eur, and it is a balanced wine.

sábado, 26 de diciembre de 2009

Christmas decoration in Barcelona

Christmas decoration in Barcelona
A giant galet with illumination inside (Rambla Catalunya/ Gran Via)

viernes, 25 de diciembre de 2009

El Yantar de la Ribera

El Yantar de la Ribera, Asador
C/ Roger de Flor 114, Barcelona

This is a typical castilian restaurant, similar to "El asador de Aranda". In my previous visit I was pretty convinced that the starters were better at "asador de aranda" but the lamb meat was better here in "Yantar de la ribera". This last time, I couldn't confirm my impresion. The starters are definitely better in "asador de aranda", but also the meat is better there (asador de aranda).
However, the best lamb meat can be found in Valladolid (Molino de Palacio, Peñafiel) or Arzuaga cellar.
A nice advantage of "yantar de la ribera" is that the tables are really wide and comfortable. the price is around 40-50 eur per person.
Raimat Cabernet sauvignon costs 16,8 + VAT. It's a good option.

very good beans:

bread ("Burgos" style)
very good salad, and they do not charge any extra fee for it (this is not the case in Asador de Aranda):
baby lamb:
baby lamb ribs


Coffee (really expensive, as usual in this castilian places, as well as the very small water bottles, but in this case a low quality coffee. In fact, it's a shame to charge 2,2 eur + VAT per coffe and offer this quality)

jueves, 24 de diciembre de 2009

Eckes Edelkirsch Kirshlikör

Eckes Edelkirsch

This is a pleasant to drink cherry liquor made in Germany. It is not too strong (only 20 alcoholic degrees). I think it is quit balanced (alcohol/flavour/sweetness). However, it does not deserve the outstanding" award. I prefer other drinks.

miércoles, 23 de diciembre de 2009

Viña Sastre 2008

Viña Sastre 2008

This is a pleasant wine from Ribera del Duero. I think that its price is around 8 EUR. Reasonably quality/price ratio. Specially considering that it is Ribera del Duero.

martes, 22 de diciembre de 2009

Paulaner Hefe Weisbier

Paulaner Hefe Weisbier

I really enjoy this beer. Sometimes in the past I added a small portion of natural lemmon. This was not the case in this occasion. Worth to taste it and easy to find. Very good quality-price ratio.

lunes, 21 de diciembre de 2009

Champin le seigneur 2006 Côte-Rôtie Jean Michel Gerin

Champin le seigneur 2006 Côte-Rôtie Jean Michel Gerin

This is different from the previous one. It has a little bit more density, and reminds more the "toasted" taste. In fact, rôtie means toasted. The price is similar to the previous one (around 34 eur per bottle here and here). I prefer the previous one, but this one is also quite interesting.

domingo, 20 de diciembre de 2009

Champin le seigneur 2002 Côte-Rôtie Jean Michel Gerin

Champin le seigneur 2002 Côte-Rôtie Jean Michel Gerin
I enjoyed this wine. Nevertheless, it is a little bit expensive (around 36 eur per bottle here and here). It is really smooth, delicate, and plenty of flavour. I think it is syrah grape.
Get a look at their website. They also produce Priorat wines ;-)