Life (and wine) as it should be



Yes, this is it. What a treat. Fourteen wineries. Fourteen wines. Fourteen tapas by Sicilian chef Andrea Tumbarello, spectacular Barcelona views and an innovative concept: Speed Tasting.

It seems like the wine world is finally adapting to modern-day society. It has paid attention and is trying to make a formerly inscrutable and insulated world—the world of wine—accessible and appealing.

Winemakers, journalists, bloggers and wine enthusiasts gathered at the NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón for the third edition of Speed Tasting. The event, organized by Qualidès in collaboration with Dinamic Comunicació and the entertainment site atrá, was an absolute must for us.  


Alright, one thing at a time. What is Qualidès? This is how Mireia Torres, current president of Qualidès, explained it to the guests. “Qualidès is an association of environmentally conscious winemakers who champion the character and quality of Penedès wines, their identity and terroir, as well as the diverse landscape of a region with over 2500 years of winemaking history.” That sounds about right.

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An open-plan space hosted the fourteen participating wineries. Each one had its own table. Exquisite pairings—a wine paired with a tapa by the masterful Tumbarello—and six minutes per tasting. Expectations were high.

Guests were divided into fourteen groups of four to six people. The two-person band Groovin Twice provided the soundtrack and set the pace.

Every new melody let guests know that it was time to switch tables.  A new wine, a new winery, a new pairing, a new story. In short, a great concept.

The wineries and wines

The participating winemakers and wines included the following:

  • Albet i Noya - El Fanio
  • Cellers Avgvstvs Forvm - Malvasía de Sitges
  • Can Feixes - Can Feixes Reserva Especial
  • Can Ràfols dels Caus -  Gran Caus Rosat
  • Castellroig-Finca Sabaté i Coca - Terroja
  • Gramona -  Gramona Xarel·lo Roent
  • Jané Ventura - Finca Els Camps Macabeu
  • Jean Leon -  Jean Leon 3055 Rosé
  • Mas Candí -  Ovella Negra
  • Mas Comtal - Petrea Blanc
  • Miguel Torres - Fransola
  • Pardas - Pardas Xarel·lo
  • Parés Baltà - Ginesta
  • Finca Viladellops -  Finca Viladellops Tinto

In most cases, the wines and their respective tapas were excellent; others were simply satisfactory. Regardless, we celebrate and commend important initiatives and experiences like this.

The wine world and those of us who love it need events like this, and here at VinoVidaVici, we eagerly await the next edition. Well done!

Original article published in VinoVidaVici.

Categorías: Wine