Do Not Stop Laughing and Singing

At this point, I don’t remember any singing but there was certainly plenty of laughing and good fun!

A few days back, a dear friend came by for dinner with a lovely bottle of wine in tow that he was anxious to try with us. He had picked it up from his favorite wine supply house and knew that it came highly rated. In fact, it was listed as one of the top 100 wines in 2013.

We opened it and let it breathe for a little bit while we chatted but anticipation got the better of us and before long our glasses were filled with the lovely golden purple wine.

Before I even got the glass near my nose, I could tell that the bouquet was incredible! In fact, I just sat and sniffed for awhile; it was so nice! I knew I was going to love this wine long before I tasted it.

Upon first sip, I was not disappointed. Oh my goodness was it good!

Oh yes, what was this lovely nectar? Why, the 2004 Viña Ardanza Reserva from La Rioja Alta, S.A. Made from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha, we all agreed this was the best Rioja we had ever had and, no, it wasn’t the first. 😉

Today I decided to do a little research:

Who is La Rioja Alta, S.A.? A winery started in 1890 by a group of five Basque and Rioja-based wine growers.

Where are they located? In Haro, Spain

Where is Haro, Spain? According to Wikipedia, it is a small town in northern Spain known for its fine wine but also for the Haro Wine Festival and the Batalla del Vino.

What is this “Batalla del Vino” (Battle of Wine)?

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I was guessing that the battle must be a tasting to find the best Rioja in the region and was curious how Viña Ardanza ranked, so I continued to click away, digging further and further into finding out more about this wonderful wine that I had enjoyed so immensely. Little did I know that I was just a few clicks away from finding out that the Batalla del Vino is an annual battle in Haro that uses wine as the ammunition to stain every bit of white clothing worn at the festival!

Here are the rules:

  1. Wear white with a red scarf.
  2. Wine stain your neighbor faster than he stains you.
  3. Approved weapons include boots, non-glass bottles, water guns and any other non-glass container that can hold liquid.
  4. Do not stop laughing and singing during the battle.
  5. Target anyone who has white showing in their outfit.
  6. Do not trust anyone.
  7. Musicians may not stop playing even if bombarded with wine.
  8. If you see people sitting and eating, the battle is over and go start lunch.

Not the battle I was expecting but, boy, does it sound fun! This year’s event will be held on June 29th at 8:00a.m. in Haro, Spain. Schedules won’t permit our attendance this year but we just may have found another entry for our ‘bucket list’. I only hope they don’t use the Viña Ardanza in the festivities. It would such a shame!



About CatTail Studio Arts

I am Theresa - the 'T' in CatTail Studio Arts. My husband, Chuck, is the guy behind the 'C'. Our tales cover our many interests including good food, adventurous travel, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling, crafting ceramics, beekeeping and occasionally even cat tales!
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