Wednesday June 10
Today was a free day for the group to explore Madrid with our only obligation a group lunch at the fabulous Lavinia wine store in the city centre. Everyone set out early so as not to waste a minute of time as there was so much to see in Madrid whatever your interests and so little time to see it.
Virginia tended to some tour matters while I kept full steam ahead on the blog so it was around 12.30pm before we set out to walk 30-minutes to Lavinia arriving there at 1.00pm. I just love this wine store and if you're ever in Madrid or Spain it's well worth finding time to visit. Not just for the amazing wine and fine spirit selection, go there for lunch as the food is excellent, you can select your wine from the store and have it delivered to your table without paying a premium. I spent some time with the sommelier and selected 3 wines for our luncheon.
No sooner than I had completed my obligations the group arrived. They were so taken with the store and its vast selection, especially the cellar room that had Bordeaux dating back to 1947 vintage and 3-litre bottles of the legendary Romanee Conti Burgundy (price 30,000 euros) for sale among a selection that is staggering for its offering of seriously aged wines with perfect provenance. We finally tore ourselves away from the wine floor and up to our table on the mezzanine floor that overlooks the store (outstanding ambience).
Our wait staff were terrific and led by a young lady who we later found out had been the winner of Spain's Sommelier of the Year Award in 2012 (she had a very high level of skill and knowledge). The lunch dishes and accompanying wines were as follows…
- Juve y Camps Gran Reserve 2010 Cava – top Cava of the house aged circa 3-years on lees, it was full-bodied and dry with very fine Champagne like lees aging characters - great buying at 29 euros – served alongside a fresh green and red tomato salad.
- Ossian 2012 Verdecco – I was pleased to be able to select this wonderful Verdecco we tasted the day before at Pago de Carraovejas – served alongside a roasted green asparagus.
- Vina Pedrosa 2009 – A delicious red wine (Reserva from memory) from Ribera Del Duero that was beautifully ripe, opulent and very smooth, a bargain at 36 euros given the weight, refinement and complexity – served alongside a superb dish of lamb rack with a reduction that perfectly set it off.
After lunch our group hit the streets of Madrid again and maximize their sightseeing opportunities. Virginia and I just needed some R&R, having been locked up in our room for half the day completing our tasks. So we adjourned to the restaurant bar and over the next two hours enjoyed a couple more glasses of Juve y Camps Reserve 2010 Cava and chatted with our Sommelier.
She was intrigued to hear about Fine Wine Delivery Co. and loved the pictures we showed her of our Lunn Ave and Constellation Drive (construction pictures) stores. We walked back to our hotel (around 1-hour as we bought a birthday present for our daughter Tracey enroute) and met up with Roger & Ruth Spooner who generously treated us to dinner in the hotel. A great night, delightful company and delicious wines! We retired to bed very much looking forward to our visit to Sherry country in Spain's Deep South.