This is a nice and modern cellar, and their people is extremely friendly. Worth to visit! They do not charge anything for the visit if you purchase some products in their shop. Otherwise, the fee is 3 eur for three wine tastings + olive oil tasting.
This is a good olive oil. You can purchase it for a good price in the cellar (22 eur for 5 litres). The acidity is onlu 0,2º (really low). However, I prefer the olive oil from Ciurana. It is more tasty.
This is a reserva red wine. Its price is 11,8 eur at costers del Sió cellar. Although it is pleasant to drink I think that it does not offer a good quality/price. In addition, it is too "smooth" for me.
Although I do not like Rioja (with few exceptions such as San Vicente, Roda I, etc.) I must say that Marques the Riscal is another exception. I am satisfied with this great wine. More density, texture, and good flavour. Worth to taste it! In this case, it is a half bottle (37,5) and I paid 12 eur at Thai Gardens (they do not offer a large selection of wines)
This is the second post devoted to this place. Although most of the people are very entusiasthic with the place, I feel that it is a little bit "wasted". Maybe it was outstanding ten years ago, but now it is just decent. Less espectacular than I was expecting.
This is a nice restaurant that offers a very good quality meal. Worth to taste it. Nice cutlery, nice service, and some outstanding dishes. Really tasty. I paid 77 eur for two people. Thus, good quality/price ratio. The trays (starter and main course) are for two people, while you get a couple of dishes for the dessert. starters (my favourite one was the "brocheta"):
main course: my favourite one was prawns with mint (on the left of the photo)
Although the price is reasonable (22 eur fixed price menu 2 courses + dessert + bad wine + coffee) and the quality is good, they have three big problems:
Dishes are really small
Service is not efficient (quit slow)
They are not professional. We booked a table for 25, one of us was unable to attend, and the remaining people were forced to pay for this missing person. Then we asked for these dishes and they declined to bring them. We paid for something that we couldn't eat. It is really a shame.
As usual in Rioja wines, it is quite acide. Nevertheless, it is drinkable. Obviously I do not recommed it. You can buy much better wines for 12 eur/bottle, such as the classical Elias Mora (8 eur/bottle)
This is an outstanding Toro wine produced by the very famous wine-maker Vega Sicilia. I think that the best place to buy this wine is El Corte Inglés. You will pay there around 25 eur per bottle. You won't feel its 15 alcoholic degrees. it is really dense, plenty of flavour and tasty. Worth to taste it!
This is an australian wine with 14,5 alcoholic degrees. The 1998 one costs 50 EUR in Lavinia. It's a great wine, but not as great as 50 EUR! it has a very nice parfume that returns after drinkng it (nice post-taste) but it also has an acidity excess and lack of body.
According to Robert Parker (wine advocat): "The 1996 Nine Popes, a satirically named wine that pokes fun at France's Chateauneuf du Pape, is made from dry-farmed vineyards, ranging in age from 30-130 years, planted with Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre. The deep ruby/purple-colored 1996 is a blend of 68% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 2% Mourvedre. This big wine (14.5% alcohol) should offer immensely pleasing and mouthfilling drinking for a decade or more. It offers a knock-out nose of black fruits intermixed with new saddle leather, spice, and earth. Expressive, with gobs of fruit, this intense, chewy, yet impeccably balanced and pure wine is a thrill to drink. Think of it as Australia's Chateauneuf du Pape, but fruitier."