Entrechuelos Wine Tasting at La Revuelta

entrechuelos cata (1)La Revuelta opened earlier this year as a kind of all purpose cultural drop-in centre with books, art and events, especially food and wine events, and that was why I was there recently – for one of their “off the beaten track” wine tastings, this one featuring a small winery, Entrechuelos, run by Miguel Domecq, a member of the renowned Pedro Domecq sherry family. Miguel presented each wine like a proud father and I always find this kind of personal connection helps people relate better to what they’re tasting.

The Entrechuelos winery opened in 2008 on the Cortijo de Torrecera (the central farm of a grape growing estate), an area long used for vineyards, named for an 11th century Moorish watchtower built on the top of a hill overlooking the surrounding land. Although the winery is not far from Jerez, the wines produced there are not sherries, but table wines of the Tierra de Cadiz.

entrechuelos cata (2)We sampled four of these, starting with a young Chardonnay, which proved light and refreshing, slightly sweet with a good, fruity taste. This was followed by two red wines blended from Syrah, Merlot, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, the first called Roble 2012, aged for six months in French oak, the second a Tercer Año 2011, aged for a year. The contrast between the two was surprising. The first failed to impress, but the extra six months of ageing of the second produced a pleasantly full-bodied and quite complex wine with a deep colour that I thoroughly enjoyed. The fourth was the Alhocen Personal Selection 2010, a slightly different blend of the same four grapes, also aged for 12 months to make a nice fruity red wine.

Check the La Revuelta Website for information about upcoming events and activities.

La Revuelta
Siete Revueltas, 33
Tel 954 21 08 06
Open: 10.00 – 14.00 / 17.00 – 20.00
Closed Sunday

El Mercadillo Inglés

mercado inglesWhenever I wander down Calle Acetres on my way home I remember the time I had to find an old glass shop when years ago one of my windowpanes broke and my landlord wouldn’t replace it. Well today I passed by the old shop only to discover it was no longer there and the delightful high ceilinged space had been recently taken over by a colourful and chaotic emporium called El Mercadillo Inglés (so-called because a lot of its stock comes from the UK). I can’t even begin to list the variety of things you can find here, both first and second hand, but I think it’s safe to say there something for everybody.

I had a nice chat with co-owner Marta Nuñez, a Sevillana who used to live in England and who now runs the shop along with partners Patricia Toscano and Santiago Toscano. They also have a section offering fabrics from their other local business Entretelas. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift this looks like a good bet.

El Mercadillo Inglés
Acetres 8

La Abacería del Sur

abaceria del surco-owners Antonio M. Lebrero and Andres J. Guerrero

La Abacería del Sur, a little gourmet food shop tucked away in a quiet street just outside the main shopping district, has just celebrated its first anniversary. Founders Andres J. Guerrero and Antonio M. Lebrero were getting into the Christmas spirit today by giving a little cheese sampling outside the shop – and very nice cheeses they were too. As well an impressive range of exclusive cheeses you can find good selections of fine wines, canned fish, olive oils and, more surprisingly, a selection of English biscuits and preserves, including marmalades, from the Mrs Bridges range (named for the Upstairs, Downstairs housekeeper).

It’s a charming and well-maintained spot, a sign of the owners’ pride in their dream. Treat yourself by stopping by for a bit of fine food shopping. Ideal for unique and delicious Christmas hampers too.

La Abaceria del Sur
Calle Lagar 11
Tel: 609 049 022

Art & Gastronomy at La Libélula

la libelula

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This evening at 8.00 pm Art & Gastronomy week will begin at La Libélula, Sevilla’s first multi-functional art-fashion-decor-gourmet-lifestyle space. It promises to be a great opportunity to see the best works of artists Christopher Donaire, Barea Balcris and sculptor Chiqui Díaz (looking forward to seeing his dragonfly – libélula – sculpture), as well as enjoying a wide array of gourmet food and wines.

Throughout the week there will be various tastings: wine, cheese, olive oil, gin & tonic and coffee. Check the poster above for tasting times and prices. There is limited space available so if you’d like to attend you can reserve your place by email: contact@lalibelulashop.com

La Libélula
Cuna 45-49
Arte & Gastronomy
11 – 15 March

Viñafiel Gourmet Wine & Liquor Store

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There’s a new wine shop in town! Viñafiel opened its doors this past Tuesday and it looks great, with a minimalist clean interior featuring wooden shelving and floors. Aside from an excellent selection of wines, there’s also a wide variety of gins, whiskys, etc and a small section of gourmet food items. Look for tastings and other events coming up soon. A nice addition to the Arenal neighbourhood.

Viñafiel Gourmet Wine & Liquor
Arfe 20
Tel 955 038 522
Open: 10.00 – 15.00 / 18.00 – 21.00 Monday to Friday
10.30 – 14.30 Saturday
Viñafiel Website

Roof Sevilla Pop Up Store

roof popup store
First pop-up restaurants, now pop-up stores! The Roof Sevilla Popup Store is an ambitious initiative by a group of young professionals in the fields of fine art, design and photography, combining fashion, decoration, food and art in one place. This five-day event not only gives designers a unique venue in which to display and sell their items, it also provides a meeting point for professionals in the fashion industry, artists, bloggers, media and the general public. The store will be distributed throughout the beautiful Casa Romana boutique hotel, in its patios, meeting areas and rooftop terrace.

Roof Sevilla Pop Up Store

Hotel Casa Romana
c/ Trajano 15
10 – 14 April
Hours: 12.30 – 21.00


rompemoldesYesterday I finally got over to visit Rompemoldes, which opened last November. It’s a bright modern space just off calle San Luís where local artists and artesans live and work, reminiscent of Sevilla’s old “corrales de vecinos”. The ground floor studios and shops open onto a large plant-filled patio, which is also used for special events such as concerts and workshops. Apartments are located on the first and second floors, some with rooftop terraces. I think it’s a great concept, having your workspace and home together, and also having like-minded neighbours. And the people I spoke to were all very enthusiastic about this new initiative.

There are general opening hours but individual studios may not always be open to the public. Some have shops to sell their art and crafts, others work strictly on commission. So each visit you can find something different.

There is going to be an “open house” weekend April 5-7 and I’m told that on Saturday the 6th most, if not all, of the studios will be open and there will be food & drink on offer too. Check the Rompemoldes Facebook Page for all upcoming events. You can also ask to be put on their emailing list to stay in the loop.

San Luís 70
10.00 – 14.00 / 17.00 – 20.00 Monday – Friday
10.00 – 14.00 Saturday

Pan y Più

How did I not stop in and buy anything here before today? Pan y Piu opened last April and I have walked by time and time again, admiring its attractive window displays. Well, today I finally took the plunge and, after sampling their Pan Payes and Pan Gallego, this is now my new local bakery.

Combining Spanish and Italian tradition with innovation, Pan y Più (più means “more” in Italian) offers a gorgeous selection of artisanal breads, muffins, cakes, pastries… and more. You can find foccacio, pizzas and Italian-style sandwiches filled with arugula, bresaola, parmesan, bologna bolognese and truffled sauces. And don’t miss the “nubes” (clouds) which are olive-oil based fluffy-crusty bites of deliciousness. And if you want to enjoy your carrot cake or croissant on the premises you can order a cup of coffee to go with it.

Cabeza del Rey Don Pedro 15-17
Plaza Alfalfa
Tel. 954 219 348
Open 8.00 – 22-00 Monday – Saturday
8.00 – 15.00 Sunday
Pan y Più Website