Tapas Fantasticas!

Apologies for the lack of blog posts this week; it has been a hectic one! Exams finished on the 25th (yay!), I enjoyed the long bank holiday weekend and then straight into work I went…

While an early morning start (well, pre- 7am!), lots of walking and a packed tube provide one huge culture shock, my first week at Phipps PR, a food and drink PR company whose clients include the likes of Wines from Rioja, Wines of Germany, Cono Sur and Sainsbury’s (amongst many more), where I hear the words ‘Rioja’, ‘wine’ and ‘tapas’ at least 4 times per hour, has been great!

Amongst the perks, my favourite so far has been learning about how much variety actually comes with the label ‘Rioja’. Many people (me included up until a year or so ago) associate the word with Spanish red wine, assuming it’s a grape variety or a winery, but did you know it is actually a region in Spain? Located in the north, this large expanse produces a whole variety of red, white and rosé wines, all of which have passed a number of tests to gain the Denominación de Origen Calificada status.

Fancy trying some for yourself? At the end of this month, London sees Spanish food and wine festival Tapas Fantasticas return for the 4th year running. In the shadow of Tower Bridge, Potters Fields Park will be buzzing with Spanish music and entertainment, wine workshops, cookery demonstrations and of course the opportunity for you to try many different delicious tapas dishes from some of London’s best Spanish restaurants, as well as wines from 33 different Rioja wineries.

Head over to the website for more information and to pre- book wine workshops and walks hosted by Olly Smith and Susy Atkins…

See you there!

In the mean time, I’m off to sample some more Rioja- it’s a hard life!

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