“Let me show you how this is done. First, hold the glass up and examine the wine against the light. You’re looking for color and clarity. Just, get a sense of it. OK? Uhh, thick? Thin? Watery? Syrupy? OK? Alright. Now, tip it. What you’re doing here is checking for color density as it thins out towards the rim. Uhh, that’s gonna tell you how old it is, among other things. It’s usually more important with reds. OK? Now, stick your nose in it. Don’t be shy, really get your nose in there. Mmm… a little citrus… maybe some strawberry…” says Miles in the film Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004). Wine is a main character in this comedy. One has to learn to smell it and taste it in order to fully appreciate it.
Vineria Carvalho is a place where one can learn about and be delighted by a huge variation of Spanish wines. Aurelio comes from Madrid and has been running the place since 1998. He has a contagious laughter and a tremendous patience with his customers. His Vineria has two small rooms and a rich offer of wine (Cava Mas comtal Brut Nature, Egiarte Tinto D.O. Navarra, Heredad Toresano Crianza D.O. Vinos de Madrid, Viña Bujanda Crianza D.O.C. Rioja etc) and tapas.
On top of everything, Aurelio organizes sometimes wine tastings and during summer, a small party with paella and flamenco dancers. Subscribe to his newsletter or find their facebook page for the latest news.