Another month meant another weekend adventure – this time a November sun trip to reunite the Vino Trio + Ruairidh in Valencia. We had timed the trip perfectly for the start of Ryanair’s new direct route to Valencia, albeit annoying Saturday – Tuesday. Why do budget airlines never offer routes for weekend travel I wonder? The flight was at the respectable time of 09.30 meaning we arrived around lunchtime and not horrendously exhausted as is so often the case with such trips. Maeve met us at the airport and we headed off to drop our bags at their flat before heading to nearby Café Arte for a bargain 3 course lunch (€9) with lots and lots of Spanish wine. It gave us the perfect chance to catch up over a humus pot with toasted bread, burger and chocolate mousse. The cafe had a very hipster feel to it and the staff had made friends with Maeve and Ruairidh which made it feel really friendly. I wouldn’t seek it out but if you happen to stop by it is a solid, if not very ‘local’ choice.
After a few glasses of wine we set out to explore the beautiful city of Valencia and of course to continue our theme of wine sampling. The architecture of the city is gorgeous and we passed by the town hall, extremely flamboyant post office, old cathedral and nearby fountain before stopping for a well-earned Aqua de Valencia. The local drink is a mix of cava, orange, vodka and gin and was a firm favourite of ours. We sat out in the late winter sun sipping away on this magnificent cocktail. It was lovely.
We spent the evening at another local haunt of Maeve and Ruairidh’s – Che Vins. Maeve with her excellence in Spanish had managed to set up a wine tasting is this local shop for us (it’s what the vino trio do best really) and for €14 we enjoyed 6 wines, we managed to get an extra one for arriving early, with a matching tapa ‘small bite’ to match each wine. The tasting was entirely in Spanish but Maeve acted as translator extraordinaire and we even managed some pretty great chat with the locals sitting next to us. The food pairings worked really well with each of the wines. We enjoyed; cheese with honey and walnuts, olives, boquerón’s, serrano with bread and a sausage paste with marmalade. The wines were all fantastic which of course resulted in us purchasing a number of them to bring home. It was a lovely evening reminiscent of our Edinburgh Majestic wine tasting days and went on afterwards with of course, you guessed it, more wine. I love Spain.