A few years ago, we went on an extended vacation (thanks to a very nasty hurricane back home) to Barcelona, Spain. We had a great time exploring the art, culture, and especially the food of Barcelona and wine of the Penedès region. And, even still, we long for Spain and talk of going back to explore even more. Well, this is going to be a little bit easier to do this March…and you don’t even need to leave Connecticut.
This is all thanks to Barcelona Greenwich who will be hosting a series of events in March called Passport to Spain. Each class starts at 7 pm, lasts an hour, and takes you through a different wine region in Spain. Not only will you learn about (and drink) the wines of Rioja, Galicia, Montsant/Priorat, and Valencia, but you’ll also have some great tapas prepared by Executive Chef Michael Lucente. Also, as the night goes on you’ll receive some advice and learn how to pair wine with some popular dishes.
Each session is $35 (tax and tip extra) and requires a reservation, so e-mail them at email@example.com. Only 20 seats are available for each session, so get on it! Now, here’s an even more wild part: each time you attend a class, you’ll get a stamp on your Barcelona Passport and a “Tapa Token” that gets you a free tapas dish when you return. If you come for all four nights and have your Barcelona Passport full, you’ll get a dinner for two valued up to $100! So, let’s just do the math on that: $35X4=$140. Take away the gift certificate and the free tapas you’ll receive for coming back and you basically break even. This is a no-brainer, duh.
And, here are the destinations that Chef Lucente and Wine Steward Jose Valverde will take you to:
- March 5: Rioja
- March 12: Galicia
- March 19: Montsant/Priorat
- March 26: Valencia
Address: 18 West Putnam Avenue
Phone: (203) 983-6400