School´s finally done for the year and I´m happy to say that I passed all of the exams too! I consider this as a great achievement on my part because I took the whole course in Spanish( I didn´t have a choice with the language, hahaha!). The last time that I went to school was to take my degree in the university and pass the license exams which was more than 20 years ago. So just imagine the tremendous pressure that I was going through the whole year. Anyway, since I´m on a summer break, I can finally go back to one of my favorite pastime, blogging. :)
Here´s a short travel post on my trip to the Codorniu Cava Winery in April. For those of you who aren´t familiar with the word ¨cava¨, it´s the Spanish equivalent of France´s champagne.
|top- Comptoir des Cotonniers, pants- Zara|
This is my second time to visit a cava winery on the Catalonian region. My first visit was at the Freixenet Cava Winery which you can read here. The Codorniu Cava Winery has a long tradition of making Spanish cava and the visit starts on this gate:
We entered this beautiful building which also serves as a lobby and store of the winery.
I wore something light because the spring weather on this side of Catalonia is quite mild but also wore a thick cardigan because we also went underground as part of the tour. The red bag and I had so much fun together during this trip althoug thanks to it´s abusive owner(ME), one of the straps broke, lol! It´s a good that it broke when we´re already home because it wouldn´t be fun toting a huge and heavy bag with both hands for three days straight, hahaha.
|tote bag- Zara, sunglasses- Rayban|
As for what I wore on my feet, I got these pointed snakeskin flats for easy walking. I bought them during recent winter sales to add some color and texture to my shoe collection. I´ve been favoring loafers lately in classic colors because of my student lifestyle and so when I saw these, I thought that a little animal print would be nice to jazz up my shoe closet.
After meeting with our funny and witty tour guide in the lobby, we hopped on one of those little trains and he showed us the whole place. First was the ancestral mansion of the owners:
Then he brought us here for a guided and informative tour of cava production.
We ended up in the underground bar where we had a very short course on how to taste test the cava. Do you know that wine glasses shouldn´t be cleaned with soap/detergent aside from warm water because it will create a film on the surface of the glass which will mask the true taste of your wine or cava/champagne? According to our guide, wine glasses should be rinsed with warm water only but for hygienic purposes, the bar at Codorniu had to clean their wine glasses with soap/detergent.
As for the actual tasting, you have to do it two stages which is first, sip a small amount and let it swish all over your mouth for a few minutes until it gets warm before swallowing it and for the second stage, take a bigger sip this time and let the gas pass through your nose while swallowing it to taste and smell it´s aroma at the same time. Coughing is also expected in the second stage for first timers, hahaha!
Finally, here´s a photo of me just before gulping my share. Pardon the `shock expression´, this usually happens when you take phots with flash on a dim area some meters below the ground. ;)
I hope you enjoyed the little tour! If you want to know how Spanish cava is made, click here.
Enjoy the weekend, y´all!
PS: Linking up with Rachel and Lena B,, Tara and Kym and Lauren.