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Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's A Small World After All At Our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast

 Charlie's Weeklie Wine-ings

Guests who stay at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast continue to enjoy the Australian 2005 Formula -  Robert’s Shiraz, by Small Gully Wines, and the Italian 2008 Mascialrelli Rose d’Abruzzo. One recent quest was in the habit of returning from dinner and having a glass of the Formula, almost like a port. The Formula is bold and high in alcohol, so I guess it hit the spot for him.

In my June 9th wine blog I shared news of some of our wine loving returning guest. Having guests return is part of the fun of running an Inn. Another wonderful part is meeting new guest from around the world. Early in the season we are not always completely full midweek. With our prime location in the heart of Sandwich Village, we often have walk-ups looking for last minute accommodations. Young Europeans frequently travel without booking ahead. This week we had a wonderful young Spanish couple, who were visiting Cape Cod on their honeymoon, walk-up late in the evening. I called the Painted Lady and asked them to hold the kitchen open for Oriol and Nuria who were staving after a full day of exploring the Cape.

Over breakfast the next morning, the conversation drifted to wine, as it often does. Our Spanish guests asked about my experience with wines from their country. Although I have limited knowledge of Spanish wines, I had just the day before brought up form my cellar one of the few Spanish bottles I had, with plans to taste it again. My 2007 Els Pics Priorat from Bodegas Mas Alta was obtained last summer at a tasting of Spanish wines on the patio at the Brown Jug. Jan really liked this wonderful Grenache blend and this was the last bottle in my cellar. Upon seeing the bottle, Nuria became very excited and, in her excellent English, explained they knew it well and that they lived very near the vineyard. Nuria insisted on having a picture taken with Jan and myself holding the bottle of wine.

I call that a ‘small world of wine’ happening. I speak no Spanish and they were not completely fluent in English, but we found a common language in the wines we both enjoyed. Just one more reason for me to continue to seek out and enjoy wines from around the world so I am ready for my next international guests.


Happy Wine-ing,


Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper's Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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