Catalan Wine Tasting and Cooking

Here are some photos of our trip to our first and so far our only wine tasting. True that is a crime so we promise to do it again!  Although we DO taste plenty of wine, just not at their vineyards.

The dinner party turned into 9 and we learned that 8 is a better number but hard to exclude anyone here as there are so few of us on boats in the winter. When we can sit outside we can have more guests. And we need to put a no smoking sign on the boat. There were ashes all over the deck in the AM. YUK!   The food was delicious and it was fun going to the fish market with Claude, who we have nicknamed the Catalan ambassador. He was the evening chef and had many of us a sous chefs. To buy the food he took us to Port Vendres, which  has many fishing boats. The name was originally Greek and meant Venus, the Goddess of love. The market was super cool but the lobster? They charge 99 euros/Kg!  Why would anyone eat it? I guess it’s like caviar.  No comprendo. And speaking of Spanish, I’ve found that if someone doesn’t speak or understand English. there is a good chance they do speak Spanish. Whew!

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Port is made with two parts. One sits in the sun in these glass bottles. The other is inside.
Port is made with two parts. One sits in the sun in these glass bottles. The other is inside.

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Old wine container
Old wine container
Daughter of wine maker. Families hand the land down to the kids. She went to school at Cal Poly!
Daughter of wine maker. Families hand the land down to the kids. She went to school at Cal Poly!
Big barrels
Big barrels
One of our favorite store bought desserts
One of our favorite store bought desserts
Local flower called Mimosa
Local flower called Mimosa
Dinner guest preparing for the wine dessert
Dinner guest preparing for the wine dessert
Learning how to drink the Catalan dessert wine
Learning how to drink the Catalan dessert wine
The salon holds 9
The salon holds 9
Our first major dinner party. Many more to come for sure!
Our first major dinner party. Many more to come for sure!

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Michella
Michella
Male chefs cooking gambas for the Catalan fish stew
Male chefs cooking gambas for the Catalan fish stew
He's already missing one finger.
He’s already missing one finger.
Collioure by night
Collioure by night

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Local spices in cigar containers
Local spices in cigar containers
Fish market
Fish market
Check out the price!
Check out the price!

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Needs a good scrubby!
Needs a good scrubby!

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