Ever felt so in love with wine you wanted to bathe in it? Well, the attendees at La Batalla del Vino did yesterday – literally.
An annual festival in Haro, Spain, the “battle of wine” takes place on June 29 and involves dunking, throwing and water-gun-squirting wine at everyone. According to Decanter, 130,000 litres of wine were used, and all but 3,000 of which are donated by the participants. The tourists and locals who participate arrive in white clothing and leave, well … purple.
Before the fun and games, the festival is a bit more serious as it follows century-old traditions such as a procession with the mayor and pilgrimage to the patron saint of Haro. And of course, as with any good party there is great food involved too!
So how did this crazy and awesome festival originate? According to Decanter:
“There are various tales for the reason that wine is thrown at the celebrations…. Some claim it pays homage to a 13th century land dispute between residents of Haro and those of neighboring Miranda de Ebro, which ended with a wine fight.”
Whatever the reason, it looks like a lot of fun… and a lot of wine.
Summer is officially kicked off, and an outdoor gathering with friends, pizza and wine sounds like the perfect way to spend a warm July evening. If you’re wondering which wines compliment the sauces and meats on your favorite pizza, look no further. Though opinions will vary, I’ve found several main themes that most sommeliers seem to agree on for each. Take a look at the list below, then get your summer party started!
Margherita: Both Chardonnay and a dry Garnacha rosé are excellent pairings. Don’t get too complicated – a classic Zinfandel will work well on the red side.
Sausage: Dark and spicy, Syrah is the ideal choice for a fennel-driven sausage pizza. Also try Pinotage and Sangiovese.
Hawaiian: A slightly sweet Riesling matches surprisingly well, its sweetness enhancing the flavors of the ham and pineapple.
Pepperoni: You’ll need intense flavors to counterbalance the strong pepperoni. Try a full-bodied Primitivo, or the popular red Sangiovese.
White-sauce: Creamy pizza brings out the creamy notes of Pinot and Chardonnay. Also try Dolcetto, which really blends with the green herbs.
BBQ: With the sweetness of the sauce you will want something fruity. Argentine Malbec and Touriga Nacional pair very well with both a sweet or smoky barbecue.
…on second thought, maybe it was!
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Rome PhotoExpressions)
What: Wine Club Release
When: May 2 & 3, 2015
We will be pairing the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon with a new recipe of Meatballs with Pomegranate and Currant Sauce. It’s delicious and really compliments the essence of this Cabernet.
This vintage, is not to be missed. One of Rex’s absolute best. Your Wine Club Membership reserves 3 bottles, but you’ll want to buy more. Dark and inky, full of fruit flavors like cherry and blackberry and it’s one not to miss. We only have 80 cases to be released. Don’t wait or you’ll miss out!
For those who can’t make it out that weekend, we will have it available 2 weeks prior for pick up. For those picking up later, we will be running credit cards June 1, and will reserve your 3 Bottles.
Looking forward to a great year!
Sandi, Rex, Rowdy & Lola
P.S. Look for this postcard in the mail for more details.
What’s new at Rosella’s? Bud break baby! Chardonnay is busy making an epic 2015! Lola could hardly believe it either!
Did you know that Chardonnay makes a wonderful alcohol-free beverage as well? I wonder what the kids would think!??