On 27 August 2012, we flew into Girona, missing the opening ceremony of the London Olympics as we were on our way to meet Portsmouth friends in L’Escala, Costa Brava. Our first night would be spent in the 'Barri Vell' - or old quarter - of Girona.
The Barri Vell is beautiful and atmospheric, but the narrow alleyways and steep staircases running through this Medieval maze confuse the unwary traveller. We eventually found our hotel and set off hot and bothered to eat, bearing in mind that it was past 9pm, still about 30 degrees, and we had our nine year old and five year old in tow. It turned out we were just a few minutes from a cascade of restaurants that flow haphazardly down the steep steps leading from the Cathedral square. We chose at random and ordered Coca de Recapte (Catalan pizza) and a bottle of Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio from DOC Penedès. Wine in a hot climate when you're tired, hungry and thirsty is an oasis, but the Blanc Seleccio was better than simply cold and welcoming - it was crisp, lemony, lingering and ... seductive. We were hooked!
Three years (and a lot of red tape) later, Supper Wines was born here in Sunny Southsea. And the lure and wonderment of small, independent, family-owned vineyards producing amazing wine that's sometimes never drunk more than a few km from where it's made continues to seduce. We're already taking huge amounts of pleasure from being able to bring these wines to the UK and as our offer expands we hope you'll come to share our enthusiasm!
I had an early education in wine as we travelled a lot with my Dad's job and he always had some good stuff around - Crozes Hermitage, Beune and Chateauneuf du Papes were his favourites. I continued my 'education' by getting to grips with the 'backbone' wines - Chianti, Rhone, Bordeaux, Rioja, Napa interested me - and read voraciously about wine history and production. Oz Clarke's books helped me with the basics and so much more, inspiring me to experiment with new countries and regions. Wine-loving friends pushed me towards their finds too - my pal Hugh Johnston (not Hugh Johnson the wine writer!) introduced me to Chateau Musar, that elegant and unique Lebanese gem from the Bekka Valley, when we were in our 20s. It's still a favourite.
Which takes us back to Spain and Supper Wines. Spanish wine is undergoing a renaissance at the moment, with incredible wines coming out of Galicia (Albariño), Ribera de Duero (Pomerol-like Tempranillos) and many other regions.
We really believe in what we're doing - we believe in the quality of the wine we're importing, and importantly we believe in the passion and creativity of the producers we work with. Wine is one of the most beautiful of nature’s gifts, and if you're fortunate enough to be in a position to enjoy it we're here to lead you on a voyage of discovery through Spain's finest creations.Salud!