Today we spent a glorious day in Falset, heart of the Montsant wine region, king of the monastrel grape while visiting Celler Laurona. Our guides were Noel Lang and the winemaker Marta. This is a small (40,000 bottles) operation but very
hands-on and quality conscious. The owner is Priorato winemaker Rene Barbier. We learned that although Priorato and Montsant share the same climate and grape varieties, the variable is the soil: slate in Priorato and schist in Montsant. My favorite was the 6 Vinyes monastrel 2006, 30 euros at the winery. We ended our visit with a superb lunch at the Hostel Sport, all local specialties, including goat for the entrée. By the way, I’m loving the chiperones and the Padron peppers.