In the port city of Valencia, Spain, a great festival is held with massive floats, fireworks…and a lot of wine drinking! Las Falles Festival (transl. “The Follies”) is a massive celebration of the arts, history, and satire…a lot of satire. The festival itself came from an old Carpenter’s tradition on the arrival of spring of burning the wood, or parots, that kept up their winter lights in a massive bonfire. They added more and more to the flames— old belongings, rags, and so on— until it resembled an effigy. The tradition grew and became more satirical, with townspeople building flammable floats of everyone from presidential figures to historical pariahs.
The festival takes place over the first three weeks of March and culminates in La Cremà, the burning of the pieces of art that were built over the festival! To find out more about this festival, check out the Valencia Tourism page!
Tempranillo is Spain’s #1 grape, with over 500,000 hectares planted in the country! Most notably it is grown in the Rioja region for its namesake blend, but did you know its a key variety in many port wines as well?
Wine made from Tempranillo has both fruit and vegetal notes, key notes being cherry, dried fig, cedar, and dill. The mixture of flavours results in a more savoury wine when aged, but when young, Tempranillo is fruity and flirtatious. Tempranillo is known for standing up to giants of the wine world in ageability as well; good Tempranillo can be aged up to 30 years or longer!
It’s body is medium to medium-full, which means it is not too bold to drink by itself, but can easily be paired with many foods, from strong cheeses to spicy Spanish and Mexican cuisine.
Winexpert’s Terremoto Tempranillo exemplifies the robust and savoury Tempranillo with passion and gusto! Available now in store, as supplies last, this wine kit contains 18L of the finest Tempranillo juice and makes 23L of wine.
To make Terremoto Tempranillo in store, you can call or email to reserve. $196 includes the wine kit, our equipment/winemaking fee, and all the bottle dressings to make your wine look picture perfect. Want to have an even more authentic experience? Barrel age the wine at our store to open up the wine’s bouquet and smooth out the tannins for easier drinking, sooner!