Here's a little recommendation for the long weekend ahead, an interesting natural wine from Alicante, Spain. The winery was founded in 1999 by Rafa Bernabé and his wife Olga in the village of Villena in the heart of the sun-drenched Alicante region. They work naturally, everything here is organic, there's no added yeast and little or no added sulfur dioxide. The vineyards are close to the sea with sandy soils for white varieties, and also further inland at altitude for reds.
Tragolargo ('Long Drink') is Rafa’s ‘drinking’ wine, made from younger Monastrell vines with no added sulfites. A vital, fresh, grippy wine with a slightly reductive nose of fresh cherry and berry fruits. The palate is fresh, vivid and grippy with some spritz adding freshness. It's really fresh, with a drying finish that means it's best with food. May we suggest grilled meats, roast duck, wild mushrooms or perhaps roasted red peppers stuffed with soft goat's cheese.
This wine was the absolute favourite in our last Natural Wine tasting and you might have also tried it in Sodo Pizza Walthamstow, we recommend you pick up (or order) a bottle for this Bank Holiday Weekend!