Returning to Qubel’s blog…
This summer has been really unique. Carlos and Pablo departed to the Arctic in an adventure flight with a single engine Maule airplane. The departure took place at Robledillo airdrome in Guadalajara on June the 20th. Of course the winery, friends and clients were following their findings and evidences of the World Climate Change, already present in remote latitudes along the Arctic Circle. All of us were very anxious to have the daily report about the flights, knowing that weather is critical for an airplane like the Maule which it doesn’t fly high enough to avoid the incidence of meteorology. In so many occasions we were restless, when the communication with them wasn’t available.
In Madrid we took care of publishing their almost daily posts, see the Blog 20minutos.es (blogs.20minutos.es/artik) in Spanish language and (www.winetoursmadrid.com) in English language. Every post was related to news, comments and findings about the trip. This information came quite regularly depending if they had Internet access on those remote sites. To keep the blog alive requires a lot of dedication and time, gathering the messages from these guys in the Arctic and placing the information in the right format and pictures in the blog that is why I got a bit behind with the Bodega’s Blog.
Until the end of July I had to devote myself to the flyers on their search for evidences of the World Climate Change, after all, the airplane had been christened with the name of Qubél.
On July 13th, I had a minor accident in the cellar and broke two small bones from my right foot; this made me wear a cast for a month. Also the accident held me back from my usual line of duties and caused an earlier return of Carlos, who was still in Canada finishing interviews and helping our Son Raul with the legal formalities to import the airplane into Canada.
In another sort of matters, surprisingly this summer we have experienced a continued activity in the winery, we have been receiving more visitors this summer than any previous years. The sales went up and export enquiries awoke from its summer slipping state. Some of the Enoteca Qubél visitor’s groups came from Germany, Russia, Japan, USA, and others nationalities, and of course many visitors from the nearby big city of Madrid.
By the end of August, we participated in the promotional campaign named Food from Madrid held at Mercado de San Miguel. Along three days, we occupy a cart in the Central Market and we were offering in this unique area, our wines to tourists, locals and visitors. It was an interesting experience for us, we liked to contact directly with the public, and also enjoyed the lively breathe o and affable atmosphere among customers, merchants and the market staff. That was a good initiative from the Comunidad de Madrid.
Y en este mes de septiembre nos disponemos a participar en la , de la Comunidad de Madrid, que tendrá lugar el próximo fin de semana en la sita en la Casa de Campo.
And a late event placed us participating in a new fair at the end of September. This was the First Spanish Artisan’s Cheese Fair (I Feria del Queso Artesano de España) , held in Madrid and organized by the Community of Madrid.
The event took place at the Madrid Chamber of Agriculture (Cámara Agraria de Madrid) located in the Casa de Campo.We were there with our wines doing a perfect pairing of wine and cheese. Sorry if you missed it.
I ought to mention that early this month, I escaped from work for two weeks with my friend Isabel Palomino, we went to her apartment at the beach side in Isla Canela. (I swear this was a doctor’s recommendation…) Isabel has a wonderful shop near the marine shopping center called Canela en Rama (Cinnamon Sticks), it is a natural product’s shop, it is organic, and there you can find all sort of candles, soaps, teas, chocolates, cosmetics, health supplements, artisan jewelry, fair trade … a real delight to your senses…
We had a marvelous time, not paying attention to the watch, which means having anarchic life. We walked the huge beach only meters away from the apartment, expend time playing with the tides, get absorbed by watching the sunset against the marsh. I personally appreciated the friendship with Isabel and with her friends Manolo and family; they are the owners of fantastic dining Restaurante A3, which is facing the marsh. In Manolo’s restaurant you can find the best sea fish offer. You can be sure the fish is prepared in the best cooking manner. Some of my favorite’s choices are the seasoned mackerel, the choco stews with beans and peas, rice dishes with lobster, red shrimps and an endless list of different offerings. Their advertisement is based in the fact that the best stew is made by knowing how to choose the best product.
Now Qubel’s winery is ready to face the fall, just hovering with the cool and moist air that we have been missing along this year…
Vaughan Systems paced up and down the Qubél’s Enoteca and Wine Cellar by the hand of Alberto Alonso, a great TV and radio presenter and show man, with an excellent background and top education in drama; his open New York English and great sense of humor, made a day of shooting to become a fun day.
Moreover, the highly qualified production team, with Julio Villas at the helm, was the complement to be excited about these young professionals. We had a very good time together.
The proposal of filming in our wine premises for the Vaughan TV program” On the Go”, was initiated by the Comunidad de Madrid and by the Control Board Vinos de Madrid . When finally this proposal came to us, we thought it was a great idea.
During the full day of shooting, in addition to the laughs and jokes generated as a consequence of the good atmosphere created among us, there were serious moments with explanations from Mario Barrera on the vineyard; Mario is the technical director for the CRDO. Later on Alberto and Carlos had some technical chatting about wine processing in the cellar and finally, after the introduction made by Miss Socorro Zafra from Madrid administration office, Alberto and Estrella entered into the protocols of wine tasting.
At the end of the day, the crew departed with a kiss and a sincere “we will return”
Thank you Richard Vaughan, for the fantastic and didactic English classes you are openly offering on radio and TV, and for giving us the opportunity to be part of your TV class show. Not far in the future I’ll attend one of your courses to improve my English…
We invite our friends to learn about wine in English, with a glass of wine at the winery and vineyard.
This post in Spanish: Nuestra Bodega en curso de inglés por TV
On Saturday March 12 Gran Via Fnac among its partners convened a wine tasting that was presented by the winery Gosálbez Orti, the tasting was conducted by Estrella Orti, commercial director of the winery with the help of Angel Soria, technical contributor of the winery. This meeting is part of Fnac actions intended to raise awareness among their customers and partners about the Travel Plan B Barceló. The act was attended by 40 people.
Plan B is part of the Barceló Experience. This is a very attractive package which Viajes Barceló offers to its customers the chance to give to third parties special experiences such as visiting a boutique winery. People have understood the concept and more and more people visits the winery this way. But rather than us telling about it, let them do it themselves. (Plan B de viajes Barceló). If you want to give a present for a visit to Gosálbez Orti Winery on the Plan B, click here. (We are 30 kilometers from Madrid)
We are pleased to collaborate on projects as attractive as the one proposed by Viajes Barceló, under the suggestive name of Barceló Experience.
In future posts we will talk about similar activities with other travel agencies.
Wine tourism is picking up more and more strongly, it is so attractive, distinct and appealing that results in comparison with other more conventional alternatives in tourism.
This post in Spanish: Cata para el Plan B de Viajes Barceló en la Fnac