Archive for June, 2011

Who’s there? Oh it’s you, Gladis, you did give me a fright.  I’ve had such a time of late, what with having to wait to move in here and wondering if I’d be laying my eggs in a tree, then finally moving in just in time to lay them. It’s not easy all this, nests are at a premium just now,  mind you this is such a des-res, there’s the little dip feather lined for laying the eggs with plenty of room behind for my mate to sleep, getting it lined was a bit hectic but we made it in the end. I think my neighbours are a bit jealous of all the space we have, but nest hunting is getting harder all the time when you see the perfect nest you just have to go for it.

Anyway, as I was saying you did give me a start, I’ve been hearing things all week, up and down off the nest so much that the other day I heard this sort of scuffing noise and shot up in real fighting form.  Whats that? Who’s there? come on show yourself, I shouted, you come near my nest I’ll peck you, you see if I don’t.  But there was nothing to see, zilch, nada, diddly squat, what was going on, I felt such a fool.

But a little later I heard the noise again this time I popped up and looked over the sides, couldn’t see anything, but I could hear the scuffle noise.  I had a good look round and then in the grass over by the olive tree I saw the cause, Bunny Pink Ears, a propper little madam if ever there was one.  Button nose, sleek grey coat, white fluffy bob tail, big brown eyes and the biggest pink ears ever.  She may be young but she knows a look from those eyes and a wiggle of those ears and the boys are smitten, hussy.

Bunny has dug a burrow in the bank in front of the house, she likes it there and feels safe because the humans keep the foxes at bay. Mind you, she has antenna like radar, slightest noise and she’s off all you see is the white tail bobbing. She likes to be up and eating early before the eagles are up, but she is very noisy, I’ve seen the humans watching her from the window like they watch me, she doesn’t know and I won’t tell her, not that she’d listen anyway.

Still I shouldn’t complain the humans leave us alone and are quite protective actually. He’s built some overhangs so the swifts, swallows and martins that come up from the river in the evening to catch the bugs, can build their nests here. Thats the one advantage of living here none of those nasty chemicals.  Still I did have a laugh the other evening.  I was having some wing time sitting in the tree whilst my mate sat on the eggs, when the others turned up.  The humans were on the terrace watching them.  I had a hard time telling who was who as they flew so fast and passed very close to the humans I thought one or two would bump into them, never did though..

Well must be getting time for.. ah here comes breakfast, have to go, nice talking to you Gladis ta ta.

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This is the second visit in the El Masroig Celler trilogy.  There is so much about this celler, its, wines and other products that one story is not enough. Each one is an interesting insight into our local wines, their production, characters and international acclaim. This then is another story of El Masroig.

The Celler it’s self arose from a ruling that there could only be one celler per village.  At that time there were two cellers in Masroig, so it was decided to merge them and produce the wines in the main one, the 1917. Then they used other for maturing the wine in barrels which at the moment have to be taken back and forth via forklift.  This however will soon change the new building – the 2011 – will house the barrels making it easier with the fermentation.

Then came the next addition in 1974, when the second building was added as the Celler advanced with its production and the wines became known all over the world.  The last addition was in 1997, where the shop is housed and the various wines are on display and sale.

The Concrete vats of the 1917’s were sunk in the ground and so maintained a constant temperature that both above ground and underground concrete vats are still in use in the 1974 building.  The result is that where as the temperature of the stainless steel vats is controlled by pumping cold water round the skins, the concrete main their temperature so are environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

The wine here is produced in both the traditional and centrifugal ways.  In the traditional way the grapes are stripped from the stalks then crushed,and placed into the fermentation vats.

With the centrifugal way the grapes are placed whole in to horizontal motorised tanks, where the turning of the tanks causes the grapes to burst,  then the residue is taken off, emptied onto an archemedies screw which carries it to a separator. The grape juice is then syphoned off into the fermentation vats.  These vats are cooled by water jackets so a constant temperature is maintained.  The resulting wines are superb, and sold in restaurants all over the world.

The Wines

There are around 15 different types of wine produced here, made from the 2 native grapes Greenache and Carignan of which more than 50% id the Carigana.  The ltrs produced total around 1,700.000 plus 600.000 bottles. This does not include the wine boxes, I have listed  the wines below with comments attached.  If you wish to try them please contact Inka on www.cellermasrog.com It will be well worth it.

I will say one thing before I continue, with regards to the white wines I leave the comments to my wife, they are her personal opinions. Where she says best served chilled it is her prefered way to drink that particular wine, not all are chilled.

Solà Fred blanc:  I am not a great one for white wines, however my wife is and she thinks this one is fresh, fruity prefered served chilled.

Solà Fred:  This is a young ‘Tinto Joven’  red wine of deep colour, aromatic, full-bodied delicious taste.

Les Sorts blanc:  Nice golden colour, full-bodied, fresh, delight to drink.

Les Sorts rosat:  Delightful rosy colour, with a fresh sweet fruity taste.

Les Sorts Jove:  A fruity wine with a creamy depth, a smooth red wine, a pleasant experience for your taste buds.

Les Sorts Sycar:  This is a dark cherry red wine, with the hint of fruits, spices oak matured full of depth and character.

Les Sorts Vinyes Velles: Another dark cherry coloured wine, with a deep warmth and complex character, delightful.

Castell de les Pinyeres: This wine has lots of flavours with hints of spices a traditionally made wine.

Mas·Roig: This wine is superb it is aged for 2 years, intense colour, warm, potent with a complex of flavours.

Mistela negra:  This wine is matured for 1 month well worth the wait.

Mistela blanca:

Mistela molt vella:  This is based on a 40-year-old wines perfect for drinking anytime, well my wife thinks so and I will defer to her on this.

Bag in the Box Jove:  A really nice cherry coloured wine, smooth, falvoursome and one of my favourites.

Bag in the Box Crianca: Deep cherry colour to this one rich fruity taste, another of my favourites.

Well there are some of the wines from the celler, which I have had the pleasure of trying. Yes I do enthuse about them all , but to be honest I have not found one that I do not like.  I do hope you will try them you will not be disappointed, restaurants all round the world have discovered them enjoy.

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