Enter to Win – Free travel trip to Alicante Spain!

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These wine available for the veyr first time in BC Private Wine Stores are a very good value.
Alicante terroir, sun and sea combine together in the fruit from 1000 hectares of vineyard campana-2015-costablanca-150pix-squaremanaged under the watchful eye of Bodegas Bocopa.

Visit Bocopa online to learn more about the Vino Torism route and prestigious education centre located 30 miles inland near the historic township of Petrer.

Opportunity to win free travel can be got by getting in the action with Western Canada’s only NHRA Fuel Altered Class Fiat Topolino.

After discovering a shared interest in wine, women and the insanity of Drag Racing as a kin to Running with the Bulls, Don Mantillon and Nitro Brothers Racing have put together a fan fan club inviting participation in various Motorsport events, a wine pairing dinner hosted by the team, VIP event promotions and monthly draws leading up to the grand prize giveaway.

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Learn more about the History of Alicante wine visit Bodegas Bocopa’s Home Page.

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The Discovery of Spanish Wine

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It has come to our attention that Spanish Wine may be somewhat misunderstood. Maybe this is OK. Maybe some further exploration is required. No doubt – A great number of people simply do not know what they have been missing. How is that?

According to near recent data 2014 Spain remains the planets top grower. This is an agricultural reference to cultivated area to yield 13.5% of world wine grape harvest.

Interesting to note that China now ranks # 2 in geographic terms overtaking the growing area of France. However, when converted to hectoliters of wine by volume, the top 4 producers are France, Italy, USA and Spain. Is this a contest? …”USA overtakes Spain by Volume”.

With the largest consumer market being the USA, China ranks #2 for consumption. Yet China has a long way to go as a wine producing nation with a yield of about 11 million hectoliters that is much lower than what France, Italy and Spain each produce about 40 million hectoliters per year. Can China’s climate and soil even deliver a satisfactory wine grape? Clearly the world is turning in many different directions.

What can be determined from statistics? Who really cares about land mass and yield when what we really want is an enjoyable good taste profile. When all we really require is a decent understanding of a wine style, quality and taste, to make our purchase, open a bottle and have a drink. And this is what inspires us to talk about Spain, where Spanish wine continues to be a little, how do we say: “Low on the Totem Pole”.

Spain doesn’t have the Bravado in the barrel that Italy plays host with their Chianti and Prosecco. Spain doesn’t have the same Romantic relationship with Hollywood that France has so carefully cultivated as masterfully as their wine marketing of Champagne and Bordeaux, two French words that easily pass through any English spell checker. Wine sales marketing may have something to do with who you know?

So with China on the Grow Chart and the USA expanding their acreage and volume of domestic production by tremendous leaps and bounds, Spain remains quietly content in making consistently good wine for themselves. What is interesting to observe is a 25 year willingness to value add at home to their agricultural commodity to increase the potential of their export.

In Spain, the vines are typically spaced farther apart than in other wine growing nations. This adds value to the volume question as an achievement. With fewer vines spread out over a large area the yield on par with compact Italy and France as leading producers, Spain is operating a prestigious and noble code of conduct.

Great Grapes are grown in Spain. The History of wine making converges in Spain with ties to the origins of wine making dating far back to long before Columbus ever set sail to discover the new world. This heritage offers us varietals indigenous to Spain, the types that only grow well in that part of the world. And the Spanish have a secret that they have been keeping to themselves. Some wine is made for export and other wine they simple keep for themselves as observed by the tendency of the southern growers to supply their own nation.

As a wine producing nation, Spain has much to offer where an intrinsic value quality standard is undeniable. There is no multi generational marketing wizardry for perception used to influence sales. In general we find there is very little ingredient manipulation involved to bottle what the Sun and Soil creates.

What Spain represents is an earnest ecological stewardship of the land that feeds their people. Spain has retained a rich diverse culture that translates into an unspoken integrity that is uniquely apparent in the wine. Modern Architecture and Fashion, Tourism and Fantastic food surrounds a wine country that operates somewhat behind the times. Advancements in technology are utilized yet the soul of the wine maker is humble so it becomes simple to say that wine from Spain is characteristically great!

All natural when you think about it, Spain has been a major global producer for centuries and there are regions here that even experienced wine buyers are unfamiliar or blind towards recognizing. While the world is turning faster and faster, racing forward to make “more” and “more”…Spain is different. Progress comes patiently with time. In this, the Winemakers of Spain must be proud to have quietly maintained true merit of success. We’re there is discovery to be made. Join us in raising a glass to Embrace Spain for All in Good Health and Good Wealth for a life filled with blessings and joy.

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Hospitality is the charm of the #Diplomatico World #Rum Cocktail Competition.

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Spirits are high and the events surrounding the Diplomatico World Tournament Finals.

Diplomatico staff set the tone for an exciting night of fun and entertainment

Diplomatico staff set the tone for an exciting night of fun and entertainment

The Diplomatico Distillery has gone to great length to make sure the delegates and attendees are having an outstanding time in Venezuela.  The first of 4 heats have started and a winner from one of the 15 countries should be known soon and then it’s off to the beeches for a few days of rest and relaxation.  Hard to imagine this trip as work but from what we can tell there is much to see and enjoy in this part of the world.

Diplomatico has risen to the challenge to provide a First Class event surrounding their most awarded 12 year Exclusiva rum. The products may not be easy to find in every market but in BC it is well worth the effort to find the product on the shelf or gracing the back bar of some of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia pour houses like The Distillery Bar in Yaletown where the Diplomatico 8 year is part of the offering along what is sure to be an interesting selection once they get their own still flowing later this year.

Ask Around…Bartenders like Jason Browne of Calibash Bistro know the potential in Diplomatico is like none other brand in the world and that is why we are so proud to have him represent Canada at this prestigious event. Good Luck Jason!