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Feria Del Vino 2023, Mallorca!

Last week I was delighted to attend the Mallorca Wine Fair in Pollença, which is in the north of the gorgeous Balearic Island of Mallorca. Yes, it is spelt Majorca in English!

Fira Del Vi, Mallorca

Does Mallorca make wine? This is a question I get asked a lot by friends, clients, and my social media followers, and the answer is YES, IT DOES!!

For those of you who are reading this and are new to Lingo Vino, welcome! My name is Laura, and I am fortunate to work in the wine industry and my niche is Spanish wines. I love what Spain has to offer as a wine-producing country, the various wine styles, the vast number of indigenous grapes, the history, geography, and let’s not forget the idyllic climate! Pairing these wines with a local delicacy is just a match made in heaven!

So, getting back to this incredible event I attended. As soon as I saw the date confirmed for the Feria del Vino, or La Fira del Vi as they say on the island, I booked my flights. This year is the first year since Covid 19 that they have been able to hold the event in the Sant Domingo Cloister, 2023 also marks 20 years since the launch of the wine fair. This year the event took place on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of May, and you don’t have to attend both days, I just went from 12-4 pm on Saturday. This is apparently the best time to go too! It cost 15 euros to enter and for this, you get given your own fabulous wine glass and a 5 euro voucher which can be used when you purchase a bottle of wine during the event.

Turning up on my own wasn’t daunting at all as I already knew some of the winemakers who would be showcasing their wines and I was excited to mingle and meet new contacts and potential clients. I was obviously dying to taste all the wines too! The weather was just perfect and surrounding the venue, amongst the tiny, cobbled streets of this quaint village, were beautiful boutiques, local ‘vinotecas’, and a food stand with traditional Mallorquin delights; empanadas and Coca De Trampó (Mallorcan vegetable flatbread). Outside was also an area for the ‘Bodegas’ (wineries) to take attendees through a tasting of some wines from their portfolio and answer any questions.

Lingo Vino

As I wandered around, in awe of the whole experience, in quite high wedges which looked great, but not recommended on the cobbles whilst consuming alcohol, they had local musicians serenading us. It was just amazing, everything I love wine, music, and food! In total there were 39 wineries that were presenting their wines at the fair, from the main wine-making areas of DO Pla i Llevant, DO Binissalem and VT Mallorca, plus one from DO Montsant, Cataluña. It was great catching up with Bodegas Angel, Miquel Oliver, and Jose L. Ferrer.

Bodegas Angel

Which wines did I enjoy…?

I am a big lover of the red wines from Mallorca with the local grapes Manto Negro and Callet. During the event, I went out of my way to try more of the whites and rosé wines and the odd bottle of Sparking wine too! The rosés were what took me by surprise the most. They were paler than I would have expected with intriguing personalities.  Provencal style, but were packed with lots of exciting fruit flavours, a decent body, and a superb bright acidity, bringing balance to the palate. One of my favourite rosé wines of the day was by Can Axartell. Check out the link below!

CAN AXARTELL – Vi de la terra Mallorca

Bodegas Miquel Oliver

I did purchase a beautiful bottle of Sparkling Wine, but that will be revealed in another post!

If you are heading to Mallorca this Summer, Lingo Vino knows all the top wineries and all the incredible wine & food experiences the island has to offer. For more wine tips follow @lingovino on all social media platforms.

¡Hasta pronto!


Links to the wineries mentioned in the text:

Miquel Oliver – Viñas y bodegas

Bodegas Angel – Vinos de Mallorca, Bodegas Ángel

Bodegas José L. Ferrer (

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Lunya Liverpool – Lunya, The Best Tapas in Town!

The 5th and 6th of January are very important days around some parts of the world, especially in Spain! I have spent many years being part of the excitement and hustle and bustle inside El Corte Inglés in both Madrid and Mallorca, shopping for gifts to exchange on the 6th of January, known as ‘Día de Los Reyes’ ‘Kings Day’.

Standing in the crowds on the 5th of January, witnessing the famous ‘Cabalgata de Los Reyes Magos’ (the 3 kings parade) is magical!! Even for adults! Sweets are thrown to the children waiting for a glimpse of the 3 Kings, then they rush home for an early night, and wake up the next day to all their presents from the Kings.

This year, I spent Kings Day in the U.K, so wanting to feel in the Spanish mood, I decided to take my Dad for a Spanish lunch at the incredible Lunya, on Hanover Street in Liverpool. What an experience for anyone who wants outstanding Spanish cuisine, great service and staff, and a wine list to die for!! I could have spent the whole day and night doing wine flights with different tapas and desserts.

You will all know what I mean when I say ‘tapas’ in the UK are never like what you get in Spain. Well, I have been proven wrong. This Catalan deli, restaurant, and bar, offers the most incredible selection of Catalan and Spanish culinary delights across the UK and further afield. As soon as I saw the hanging hams, I got a good feeling, and when I was greeted by the talented and knowledgeable owner Peter Kinsella himself, I knew I was in for an unforgettable treat! Peter shares the same passion as I do, for all things food, wine, and culture. A fascinating and inspirational story behind the business which both Peter and his wife Elaine have successfully set-up.

What’s in my wine glass?

So, what did I order?!! A lot! Let’s talk wine, I started on their award-winning Cava- Loxarel Saniger Brut Reserva. Then I chose a ‘vino tinto’ I chose this red wine because of the name ‘Fancy Pants Old Vine Garnacha D.O Cariñena’. What a red! Bold, jammy, juicy, and complex. I then finished on a sweet style sherry called Noé which is a 30-year-old Pedro Ximenez. Rich, nutty, and luscious on the finish.

…And on my plate?!

What food could I possibly pair with these delightful wines? Well, I ordered quite a selection. We started on the mixed olives and encurtidos, the Catalan tomato bread, and Serrano ham. Swiftly I dived into the Dirty Bravas, Gambas Pil Pil, Chestnut mushrooms, Pan-fried Broccoli, and last but not least the Calamari. This Calamari is by far the most delicious and fresh I have tasted in the UK. So much so, I had to ask the source, should have known- WardsFish – Wards Fish Online supply them. The finest fishmonger, game, and poultry specialist in town!

What to pair with a sweet style Sherry?

To bring this fine experience to an end, and more importantly to pair with my 30-year-old Noé Pedro Ximenez Sherry, I ordered the Almond cake and ice-cream. Yes, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! You can even see the legs on the photo.

I will be visiting Lunya again soon, it’s a dose of Spanish therapy for me! I even bought some cheese and wine from the Deli. If you are looking to recreate some memorable Spanish food and wine moments, go to Lunya Liverpool – Lunya. The staff are exceptional too! For now ‘adiós’, and if you love all things wine and food, follow me Laura | Wine Communicator| Owner @lingovino (@lingovino) • Instagram photos and videos on all social media for more content and experiences.

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Paella Wine Pairing

‘Paella’: just hearing this word being pronounced in Spanish makes me feel hungry, and automatically I start thinking of the array of wine styles that would pair deliciously with this typical Spanish dish, obbvioulsy depending on the desired ingredients! So, is there an ideal wine to pair with this exquisite, traditional, Spanish dish?

 Let’s face it Cava, would pair with most Spanish dishes, with its crisp acidity, salinity, and ripe fruit aromas, it’s a winner all round! A rosé wine, especially Spanish or Portuguese style, would also pair wonderfully, with their more vivacious personalities, not-so-shy red fruit characteristics and fuller body on the palate. Definitely reach for a rosé if you have some chicken (or chorizo, as they throw in here in the U.K!)

 In terms of still whites, Verdejo, Airén, Viura, a gorgeous Albariño, or a fuller-bodied white Rioja, these will all go down a treat due to their freshness, and vibrant fruit aromas. Red wines, well, let’s just say, it’s not just Rioja for Spanish reds, other regions with high-quality red wines are found all over Spain in regions such as, Toro, Ribera del Duero, and Priorat. One of my favourite black grapes is Monastrell (Mourvèdre in French), this would be great with a ‘Paella de Carne’ (traditional meat Paella) due to its meaty texture, robust tannins, and herbaceous bouquet.

Don’t forget, there are rules of thumb with food and wine pairings, but you do also have to sip something that excites you as a wine drinker, you need to enjoy the moment, so although the science may work, if your palate cries out for rose and only ever rosé wine, then have a rosé! That’s the beauty of food and wine, it’s all about the pleasure, the moment, and who you choose to share that with, if anyone!!

This brings me to my recent Paella experience on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Paella from my favourite ‘Just Enmig’ restaurant in Can Pastilla. I went for a mixed Paella this time, and it was gorgeous. For my wine pairing, I chose a still, dry, white wine called Can Rubi La Mar de Bé, Sauvignon Blanc. I chose this wine as it is ‘Vi de la Tierra Mallorca’, a wine grown in the vineyards of Mallorca, and the Sauvignon Blanc grape is so aromatic and fruity, that it contrasts perfectly with the seafood flavours and the sea-kissed characteristics of the dish. The tremendous acidity is great with the fatty texture of the meat. The wine also displays hints of dried citrus, vanilla, and a slight almond finish.  And…just look at the label!! It cries out to be paired with a seafood-inspired dish.

The sun was shining, the view was incredible, and the food and wine were a match made in Spanish heaven! Exactly how wine should be enjoyed. As much as I loved this wine choice with the mixed paella, my all-time favourite wine & paella pairing is the exceptional, award-winning sparkling wine from the family-run winery Bodega Vega Tolosa:

Vega Tolosa Brut Nature Chardonnay Gran Cuvéé, Vegan and Organic.

100% Chardonnay

D.O.P Manchuela


Paired with; Paella de Marisco/Seafood Paella

Limited edition, 18 months bottle ageing, traditional method.

This was definitely the type of wine you will always remember, which expresses the traditions of 5 generations working hard to create the perfect bottle of bubbles! Caring for the environment, and the palate! Do have a look at this fantastic winery Inicio – Vega Tolosa, I have never been disappointed with any of their wines!

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