Screening of La Bobal Revisited in New York

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La Bobal Revisited https://vimeo.com/101941669 had a very successful screening, followed by a wine tasting in NY on May 27, and will pave the way to a series of events in the USA over the next eighteen months.

WR Tish, who, together with his son Nick, was extremely helpful in organizing the event, presented the wines and spoke about lesser known grape varieties. Gerry Dawes also did a presentation of his work as both a writer on Spanish wine and food and as an importer and his wines complemented Bobal wines from Finca Sandoval from DO Manchuela and Vera de Estenas from DO Utiel-Requena. Unfortunately, Bobal wines from four other wineries never made it for one reason or another, but there was an assortment of Albariños from Rias Baixas as well.

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La Bobal in New York – May 27

More than 50 people showed up from from the worlds of wine, food and culture, and a good time was had by all. They learned a lot about Bobal and Spain and a few found Bobal wines in stores and restaurants afterward. The event has paved the way for more screening and tasting events in NY and elsewhere in the US over the next 18 months, and for those who missed this one or are curious to try more, we’ll be back soon.

In the meantime, Spanish Grapes will have its premiere in London on June 29.Invitation here.

Thanks to Babette Holland  Diane Letulle   Suzanne S. Felber for the photos and we hope to see you soon.

Trailer  La Bobal Revisited:

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Spanish Gold in London

On May 20th, after the screening of Zev Robinson’s documentary Spanish Gold  about the olive oil production in Spain, there will be an exclusive tasting of some of Spain’s very finest Extra-Virgin Olive Oils, many top award winners, some newly established producers, several organic ones, and some certified kosher.
Doors open at 6:00  –  Venue: Copa de Cava – 33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP

The event will be presented by Graham Stoodley from Harvey & Brockless.  

Limited Tickets for the screening and tasting available:

Spanish Gold – Eventbrite

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La Bobal in NY, screening and wine tasting, May 27

La Bobal Revisited (trailer) from Zev Robinson.

Bobal is Spain’s second most planted grape variety, grown almost exclusively in the neighboring La Manchuela and Utiel-Requena regions in SE Spain, used only for making bulk wine. Over the last decade or two, smaller wineries have started developing quality Bobal wines and giving it some sort of recognition, but it still remains a struggle for an unknown grape more or less confined to one part of Spain.

Canadian-British filmmaker and artist Zev Robinson moved to a small village in the middle of Bobal country in Utiel-Requena in 2005, and in early 2008, he made a documentary about Bobal and the culture, politics and economics behind it as he interviewed farmers, winemakers, importers, wine writers and winery owners who populate the world of wine. “La Bobal and other stories about wine” was finished at the end of the year and was shown in London and New York and various places in Spain, and blog posts were written about it as far away as Argentina, Brazil and New Zealand, and the film was recognized as having an impact on the marketing of Bobal.

Fascinated with the culture, politics and economics of wine, and how urban and rural cultures are so closely intertwined, Robinson went on to direct several other documentaries on wine, food, agriculture and sustainability, and, in 2014, he re-edited the first one to include wineries from La Manchuela. La Bobal Revisited https://vimeo.com/101941669, with over 50% new material, was shown in London and Brussels, and its North American premiere will be at Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York on May 27, 2015.

After the film, W. R. Tish www.wineforall.com, managing editor of the trade magazine Beverage Media, will a present a tasting called “La Bobal and the Grapes of Spain” afterward, with Bobals alongside a variety of Spain’s other important varieties such as Monastrell, Garnacha, Graciano, Cariñena, Verdejo, and Albariño, to show that Spain is rich and varied in culture and regions, and so much more than just paella and flamenco. As Tish notes: “Rarely have Americans ever had the chance to experience Bobal in the context of its peer grapes, and with the backdrop of Zev’s revealing film. This is an opportunity to witness a true shift in what wine from Spain can be.”

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La Bobal Revisited screening and tasting, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

May 27, 2015. Doors open at 6:00pm, screening at 6:30pm, “La Bobal and the Grapes of Spain” wine tasting at 7:20 presented by W.R. Tish
Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York
Tickets $17 at Eventbrite – eventbrite.co.uk/event/16691840745
Free for trade with advanced reservation.

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Spanish Gold. A film on Spanish Olive Oil.

Spanish Gold in London

Zev Robinson’s new short documentary on olive oil production, will premiere in London.

Graham Stoodley of Harvey & Brockless will be giving a talk about Spanish olive oils, followed by a tasting of over 15 of Spain’s very finest Extra-Virgin Olive Oils, many of them winning top honours at international competitions.

 May 20, Copa de Cava  33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP

Spanish Gold – A film about olive oil (Trailer) from Zev Robinson.

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La Bobal in Brussels

On March 4, 2015,  Zev Robinson presents his documentary “La Bobal Revisited” about the turbulent history of the unknown Bobal grape, once thought fit only for making bulk wine, now producing some of Spain’s most exciting ones. We are very proud to announce that the only Spanish Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros will present the event.

Invitation La Bobal in BrusselsWith the best Bobal wines from:

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Alto Landón

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Bodegas Iniesta

Chozas Carrascal

Cien Y Pico

Finca Sandoval

Bodega Moya

Villarre Vinum

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 You can read more about it in Catavino post. The Future of Bobal.

With special thanks to Pedro Ballesteros, Master of Wine and DO Manchuela

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Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oils Tasting

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On November 10, after the screening of Zev Robinson’s documentary Arribes: Everything Else is Noise, about food and sustainability, there will be an exclusive tasting of some of Spain’s very finest Extra-Virgin Olive Oils, many top award winners, some newly … Continue reading

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Arribes in London

Arribes: Everything Else is Noise portrays the bittersweet lives of the inhabitants of this isolated region of NW Spain, where sacrifice and hard work began at an early age, but where a simpler, basic life-style made room for a sense of community and happiness.

Arribes: Everything Else is Noise / Arribes: el resto es barullo from Zev Robinson on Vimeo.

As people reflect on never owning a car or tractor, walking from village to village to go to communal dances, tending goats and sheep by themselves from pre-adolescence, killing the animals that they had fondly raised, and remembering the region when it was a green paradise, a picture of a eco-system emerges where everything is used, recycled, and interconnected. Producing 80-90% of their own food, there has always been a strong, direct relationship between food, agriculture, and the people who tend the land, making it a concrete example of an healthy, sustainable environment with lessons that can be applied elsewhere. The documentary raises questions about our own way of living and values, and if changes in lifestyles, priorities and population structures are essential for a more sustainable future.Limpiando Tripas_Arribes Matanza Cerdo_Arribes (2) With the depopulation of the countryside, the erosion of this way of life is contrasted with the views of a younger generation who moved there from Madrid, Barcelona and the UK, attracted by what Arribes had to offer.

9593 Filmando en la PresaThe sometimes funny, sometimes sad anecdotes are accompanied by details of everyday countryside life depicted with a sense of poetry and care, bringing into focus values often forgotten in a contemporary society with other priorities.

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Screening of Arribes in London

Copa de Cava, 33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP
November 10, 2014  –

Doors open 6:30 pm, screening at 7 pm, Olive oil tasting at 8 pm
Limited tickets for film and tasting £9.50,
Tickets here – http://bit.ly/Arribes_Tickets

Special dinner menu £10, can be ordered separately on the evening.

The documentary will be followed by a tasting of some of Spain’s finest, award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils, introduced by leading expert Charles Carey of The Oil Merchant.

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La Bobal Revisited in London

On September 15, “La Bobal Revisited” was screened at the Copa de Cava in London.

Director Zev Robinson and Víctor de la Serna presenting the event.

The documentary, a reworking of Robinson’s first documentary called La Bobal and other stories about wine, tells the story of Spain’s second most planted grape variety that traditionally has only been used to produce bulk wine, while new quality wineries have taken up the reins over the last couple of decades.

Tasting after the screening

A tasting with the 14 wineries from regions such as Utiel-Requena, La Manchuela, Almansa, Valencia and Bullas was offered after the screening.

“La Bobal and other stories about wine” had an impact on the international reputation of Bobal wine, and the premiere of “La Bobal Revisited” promises to do even more for the grape variety and the two regions, La Manchuela and Utiel-Requena, where it is produced.

Luis González-Quevedo Counsellor for Agriculture, Food & the Environment Spanish Embassy, London

In attendance were leading communicators about Spanish wine such as Victor de la Serna,  who presented the wine tasting of SE Spain’s three main varieties – Bobal, Monastrell and Garnacha – after the screening, Sarah Jane Evans MW, and Bruno Murciano, using social media to reach their many followers, as did many of the representatives of the fourteen wineries presenting their wines.

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Victor de la Serna and Sarah Jane Evans MW

Sarah Jane Evans told Zev Robinson that she had been to a big Sherry tasting earlier in the day where they had been discussing alternatives to formal tastings, and that the Bobal event could be the perfect answer. She also mentioned that her favorite part was the contribution of Paco Torres, the farmer and vine-grower who plays a central role in the documentary.

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There are plans to take the film to New York and other cities, with another, bigger and better event in London later in 2015, with the main objective to keep Bobal in the news throughout the year, putting an unknown grape in the spotlight.

La Bobal Revisited (trailer) from Zev Robinson on Vimeo.

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La Bobal Revisited

La Bobal Revisited (trailer) from Zev Robinson on Vimeo.

La Bobal Revisited – Documentary screening followed by wine and olive oil tasting
Copa de Cava, 33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP
September 15, 2014

Doors open at 6:30pm, screening 7pm, wine and olive oil tasting 8pm
Limited tickets for film and tasting £9.50 – http://bit.ly/Bobal_Tickets
Special dinner menu £10

In 2008, Zev Robinson directed his first documentary, “La Bobal and other stories about wine” about the history and social context of Spain’s second most planted yet widely unknown grape in the area of Utiel-Requena, one of the two regions where it is grown. It tells the Cinderella story about an unappreciated grape used mainly to produce bulk wine. As farmers have seen prices fall, a few small pioneering wineries started making unique, quality Bobal wine over the last decade, giving hope and new life to the region. The documentary is now being re-edited to include the neighbouring region of La Manchuela and to reflect the changes that have since occurred.

La Bobal Revisited will be screening at Copa de Cava, part of El Camino restaurant chain, on September 15. The film will be followed by a Q&A session and a tasting of some of SE Spain’s very finest Bobal, Monastrell and Garnacha wines, as well as four of Spain’s top extra virgin olive oils.

Wineries

La Manchuela Bodega Altolandón, Cien Y Pico, Bodega Iniesta, Finca Sandoval, Bodega Vega Tolosa Utiel-Requena – Bodega Aranleón, Bodega Chozas Carrascal, Bodegas Coviñas, Bodegas Hispano-Suizas, Bodega Vera de Estenas, Viticultores de San Juan Valencia – Bodega de Moya –  Bullas Bodegas del Rosario  Jumilla – EMW Grandes Vinos de España Almansa EMW Grandes Vinos de España

Olive Oils  –  Almazara L’Alquería, Casas de Hualdo, Hacienda Queiles, Tot Oli

With the collaboration of:

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