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I’ve been in the wine industry since 2013 and the first lesson I learned about wine was that I knew nothing about wine. It’s important to understand that wine is forever changing and so should the student of wine. Everyday I learn something new about wine and the industry that surrounds it. So it’s not surprising that in Barcelona we decided to take advantage of the wine tours to learn everything we could about the wine of Catalan.
This “Sunday Wine Down,” I am going to tell you all about the Wine Lover Tour from Food Lover Tours in Barcelona. We were lucky enough to be guests on their first run through of this revamped tour. We had such a blast learning about the local wines of the region and of Spain that we want to make sure you know about it too!
W i n e L o v e r T o u r
Back in January, Ashley reached out to Matthieu, the head of Food Love Tours, about taking a tour from his company for our research on Catalan wine. He offered for us to come along on their brand new Wine Lover Tour that they were revamping. We were ecstatic as we were told that we would be learning from his friend who is a Sommelier.
A few days before the tour Matthieu invited us out for coffee to talk about his company, Food Lover Tour, and how In Pursuit of Adventure can work with them. Matthieu was an extremely friendly man from Paris who has been living in Barcelona for quite sometime with his family. Being French, a passion of food and wine ran deep in his blood and that passion he took with him to Barcelona. He wanted to share this passion with people and the concept for his company was born.
The evening of the tour we met Matthieu and his Food Lover team outside the Fontana metro stop in the local neighborhood of Gràcia. Gràcia was not always a part of Barcelona but was a small town outside the city before Barcelona swallowed it up. The neighborhood did not lose its individuality however and they picked this neighborhood because of the vibrant local energy and the fact that the locals still hold onto their pride and individuality today. After quick introductions we were off to the tastings.
We arrived to the tasting and were introduced to the Sommelier who brought us to a table filled with empty wine glasses. I don’t know about you but I find a clean wine glass appetizing because it means I get to fill it up with something delicious. That anticipation of the wine is what I love because every wine has a story that needs to be told and I love every new one I get to read.
We sat around the table and the wine started to flow as the Somm begin to teach us about the different regions of Catalan and Spanish wine. Our tongues became loose as conversation begin to flow as we talked about Spain, Catalan, wine and food. The Somm taught us all he knew about Spanish wine as he kept our glasses full and information flowing. The charcuterie and cheese plates came out and it was a cornucopia of Spanish meats and cheese. This might have been one of the happiest moments of my life. I mean, I had great Spanish wines and the great hams and cheeses of Spain.
The night ended with us full to the brim and a jug of delicious wine that I purchased to bring home. Matthieu asked us what we thought and we could not find a single thing wrong with his new tour. We enjoyed every single moment as we left the tasting in a very jolly mood. My knowledge of wine expanded as my euphoria of the night showed no signs of slowing down.
What I am trying to say is the the Wine Lover Tour was fantastic. It is for people of all levels of experience in wine. You could be a complete beginner to wine or a well educated enthusiast. Your knowledge on wine especially Spanish wine will expand and you will have a really brilliant time learning. Ash and I are very happy that we reached out Matthieu and Food Lover Tour!
If you are interested in taking one of the tours you can book their tours here. All the information you need will be on his official website!
We were guests of Food Lover Tours. They gave us a complimentary tour in return for an article. All opinions are my own and are not biased by the complimentary tour.
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