Celler Cal Costas

“Guardiola” is the lovely Catalan name for a round closed terracota receptacle with a slot carved in it for depositing your small change, a larger version of the occidental piggy bank. Guardiola de Font Rubi sits below the Serra de Bolet in Western Penedès between the Sant Marti Sarroca and Igualada arteries that run from Vilafranca del Penedès and hidden away here among the slopes and valleys are some of my favourite cycling routes, vineyards, wineries and their masters, not to mention an eclectic collection of independent classic Porsche doctors, Feng Shui specialists, portable container designers, slow food experts, documentary creators, clowns, artists of every stripe and nationality. Whatever way you shake it something interesting always comes out of the lush landscape.
Last week I took the wiggly road out of Guardiola towards the mountains and visited the new project of Bernadette Miquel Vacarisas and father Josep Miguel Jané of Celler Cal Costas What used to be a holiday home/wine farm is receiving a vineyard/ground up restoration as Bernadette who has studied economics and wine-making take the reins of the J. Miguel Jané range of wines. Bernadette expects to have the winery and shop ready for visitors very soon. Each of the lightly designed labels are graced by silhouettes of emblematic trees that populate the estate.
There are five handsomely made wines by the hand of enologist Jordi Mestres. The young Xarel.lo /Chardonnay/Parellada ‘03 is a dry white with light creamy nose ideal for refreshing the palate and paella clearing. It isn’t every Anglo Saxon’s cup of tea, but at 2.50 euros a bottle I found it well up there on the price/quality barometer. With their Sauvignon Blanc 2003 it’s watch out for one of this summers favourite whites with everything you have come to expect from this variety, luscious exotic nose with citrus, pineapple and melon evenly balanced on the tongue. The Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé ’03 just misses the candy flavour trap and was one of the favourites of young American tasters at IES Barcelona, last week. There’s a lightly aged Merlot/Cabernet ‘02 red
which comes across a bit sharp, this could however be just what you require with sweet and sour roast ribs. The Cabernet/Merlot/Tempranillo Reserva’98 was well liked by an attractive and healthy group of wine tasters at Clive Callaghans wine tasting in Sant Cugat. This, the most expensive product retails at around 4.50 euros
Cellar Can Costas www.calcostas.com 93 897-9040

Clive has an on-line wine shop serving the British market but also serves customers in the Barcelona area. Contact: www.drinkability.com

Paddy Mannion
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Whats Happening this Summer
July/August Saturday evenings, Cava and views of Vilafranca, Penedes and Montserrat, Tower of the Cathederal, Vilafranca del Penedès. 20.00h,
July 4 Medieval market in Santa Oliva/Castell de la Verge de Remei,
July 4 Medieval market, Batea, Terra Alta. 977 43 00 03
July 10/11 Copa Cat. Mountainbike, Vall de Lord 93 806 60 00
July 10 - Aug 22 Festival Pau Casals, Calafell, Baix Penedès
July 17/18 Fiesta del Cava, Fountain of Cava, Prades, Alt Ebre
August 18 Mountainbike hillclimb, Bikers Castellcir. http://perso.wannado.es/bke
August 21 Festa Major Torrelles and wine tasting at El Molì, 93 897 22 07
August 27-30 Festa Major Vilafranca del Penedès
August/September grape picking, crushing,& battles at El Moli, Penedès 93 897 22 07