Wine on the Costa Brava Spain
WINE, SWIMMING & SONG
LA VIE EN ROSÉ, ALIVE AND WELL ON THE COSTA BRAVA
CHANCES are if you’ve ever been to North-east Spain’s Costa Brava you’ll look back on your trip through Rosé-tinted glasses.
Days of lounging by the pool, the rejuvenating Mediterranean breeze washing over your scorched limbs, are invariably followed by impromptu, out-of-tune renditions of that particular year’s favourite holiday song washed down with a chilled glass of the local vino.
It’s an intoxicating mix. Often literally. But these hedonistic components are the very building blocks of our annual, successful, memorable Mediterranean jaunt.
Why would we want it any different?
If you’re quaffing Rosé there are few places in the world better to do it than the Costa Brava – the place that practically invented the famous pink-tinged elixir.
Thank the Romans – they knew a good thing when they tasted it. So, when they conquered the region back in the day, they lovingly refined an already superior regional tipple into a form that is more than familiar to us all today.
I say ‘familiar’ but, trust me on this, the Rosé you get on the Costa Brava is a million miles away from the cheap plonk you’ll find standing to attention on your supermarket shelf.
Even taking into account the scientific fact that flavour is hugely enhanced by environment – so a bottle of finely crafted Rosé, sipped as the warm Catalan sun goes down over the shimmering Mediterranean is bound to evoke emotions you’d be deprived of when quaffing the pink stuff from an extra large wine bag in Bolton – Costa Brava Rosé is a completely different taste proposition to its awkward English-sourced cousin.