On “the air” in Canada – On the water in Coruña
August 10th, 2006 | Uncategorized
Earlier this week we braved the smoke and flame (quite literally) to make our way north to the port of La Coruña, on the “Costa de la Muerte”. With motorways closed, the usual hour and a half journey took more than three and a half hours, picking our way through many small, often fire stricken villages. I am sad to say that we actually witnessed the sight of some poor folk making futile attempts to save their homes and property with only garden hoses at their disposal…….
The reason for this traumatic journey was that we had been invited to conduct a tutored tasting on board the 154ft Polish Barquentine ‘Pogoria’ – part of the Tall Ships Racing fleet. Naturally we considered this to be quite an honour, which is the reason that we did not postpone the trip (not to mention that 150 invited guests were awaiting our arrival). I should also mention that the province of Coruña has been left largely untouched by the raging fires, which appear to be confined mainly to the south of Galicia.
Eventually, fully wired up with microphone (that could probably be heard around most of the port), Angela did a fabulous job of introducting two of her most prestigeous ‘babies’ – Castro Martin and Casal Caeiro Vendimia Seleccionada Barrica.
Wonderful wines, tasted in a magical setting.
To learn more about the Tall Ships and the excellent work that they do training young people, why not visit their site http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/