It Never Rains – It Pours

There are times of drought and times of surplus.

In these troubled times we have been living through in recent months with the onset of Covid19 and the restrictions placed upon us all, with an inability to browse at the myriad of bottles on display in our local retailers, many of us have gone to the internet and used the power of our plastic cards and index fingers, to click on purchases.

I succumbed to the Finger clicking and this week past saw arrivals every day to keep my cellar from looking bare, in truth, overfilling it by the time the weekend arrived. No less than 5 cases arrived this week, that’s 30 bottles, and as I usually drink around 3 bottles a week, I should be OK for a while!

First to arrive was a very special case that I had ordered from Priorat in Spain. This was a pot luck case created by the DOQ Priorat to assist wineries in the Region, with over 70 suppliers coming together to supply the wines, at €60 per case, and a superb value for money offer, with €6 per case going to support research into Covid19, so winners all round.

Next up came a case from Clos de Figueras winery. I listened to an excellent InstaLive Chat on #WineSocial with the owners of this winery, and clicked that purchase order for a mixed case of their wines. From their Serras del Priorat, their Blanco Y Tinto Font de Al Figuera, and their Clos Figueres 2016 top of the range, with a Sweet Wine to round of the case.

On Wednesday my purchase to lay away arrived. Last summer, we visited the Il Palazzone winery in Montalcino on the very day they were bottling the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Wine, so agter chatting with Laura from the winery a couple of weeks ago, it was very easy to order a case for the future – All things being well, this will turn out to be a perfect vintage.

Next up was a Tasting Selection from my Wine Club. Normally, we would meet up on the First Thursday of the Month, with a themed tasting, but given the restrictions, we came up with the idea of supplying everyone with the same case, and Zoom Tasting the Wines. This week we tasted three of the selection, the Rose from L’Hortus de Bergerie, an Albarino from Fillaboa, and El Maximo Crianza from Guerinda, which you might have spotted before.

And the final case that arrived on Friday was my Wine Explorers Selection from Wines Direct. Each month, I receive a case of 6 wines, selected by the Club, with a complete range of styles, giving me the opportunity to try out grapes, regions, etc., that I may never have ventured near. An excellent way to expand knowledge and enjoy great wines along the road.

So there we have it, five cases, thirty bottles, and full wine racks. The courier services certainly knew the way to my door by the end of this week, but I can promise them a rest now, as I have nothing on order until next month’s Explorers Club, at least …………………………

not yet anyway!