Touring Penedes and Priorat

I loathe flying.  I really do. I don’t like standing in airport lines, battling with airport security and putting up with surly service. This is why I became a licensed pilot—no lines, no hassles. More importantly, I like the freedom of getting in a small plane and flying wherever I want to go. But my license doesn’t do me much good when I’m traveling abroad.  So here I am, having to rely on commercial travel once again. At least my final landing spot takes me to a place most would enjoy.

I am meeting up with a great group of wine writers to learn about the Penedès region. We’ll hit some caves then take a side trip to the breathtaking region of Priorat, the source of Spain’s most powerful, complex red wines.  If you love Spanish wine, or simply want to learn a bit more about the region, stay tuned as I take you on this exciting journey. Let’s hope my internet connection cooperates!

For now, I am taking a siesta, as I’m too darn tired to write after the grueling flight. Stay tuned for more…I think dinner is at eight.


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Julien January 23, 2011 at 9:44 AM - Reply

    8PM, for dinner? Nah, not in Spain… This will most likely be some kind of aperitive and snack before the real deal at around 10 PM… :) Enjoy Penedès and Priorato!

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  3. enobytes January 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM - Reply

    Hey Julien, yeah, we’re starting dinner a little early tonight as many of us have been traveling all day! 24-hours in the sky is not my idea of fun and I’m not a rock star like I used to be :) …and we have an early start in the morning – stoked!

  4. Mark's Wine Clubs January 23, 2011 at 10:58 AM - Reply

    Julien….in my experience (it depends on the region, of course) 10pm might even be early, at least it is with my wife’s family in Madrid.

    Sounds like a fun trip!

  5. enobytes January 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM - Reply

    Mark, it’s funny how regions differ, isn’t it? I used to live in Paso Robles, CA and most folks were already sleeping by 10pm! Middletown, CA even earlier.

    What time do folks normally start a workday in Madrid?

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