Setting the Scene
This was to be our first visit to Montilla-Moriles along with one of our online friends. Lorcan had been to Montilla twice and we had intoduced him to some of our contacts. After checking into an old favourite, Hostal Bellido it was time to head out and explore the town with dinner later on at Restaurante Don Quijote.
Something we always love to share is a visit to Francisco Robles at Bodegas Robles. We did this on early Saturday prior to him heading back to Córdoba to the Cata. Once again is so very interesting to hear him share the organic approach to wine production and their plans to install solar panels later in the year. Robles measure their carbon footprint and the installation of these panels will further reduce this. Our visit concluded with a tasting in the bodega. This was a quickfire tasting of the organic Verdejo, Piedra Luenga Fino, Amontillado and Pedro Ximenez with their organic Vermouth to finish. Francisco very generously gave us a bottle of the vermoth and a new Verdejo that had spent 10 months in French oak to take away to review at our leisure. The review of the Verdejo will follow in due course.
Lagar Los Raigones
Then it was time to head for the hills and visit Lagar Los Raigones. Laura and I were keen to purchase their new Amontillado en Rama that we had tried at the Cata del Vino. As on our previous visit we got an impromptu tour of the Lagar. This time Angela hosted us starting with a wine straight from the tinaja, a visit to the Sacristia which was set up for a lunch they were hosting and the rest of the facilities.
Saturday night dinner was booked at one of our favourite restaurants in Montilla .This is a place that Lorcan was already familiar with. Carlos warmly welcomed us and we asked him for his recommendations from their recently launched new menu.
To start we shared a salmarejo dish with a difference. Laura is not a a fan of Salmorejo when made with a tomato base, but this version made with beetroot was simply divine.
Next up was the best ever artichoke dish we have had. They were so good that Laura had another portion as her main. I decided on a fabulous rice dish and Lorcan a broken eggs dish.
As usual we enjoyed some fantastic wines alongside these, some interesting chat and great company.
It is always good to connect with our online friends that share our interest and passion for Montilla-Moriles. Our time together with Lorcan flew in and we sincerely hope that we can meet up again to explore more of the region in the not too distant future.