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What Makes Priorat Wines Special?

The remote, rocky hills of the Priorat wine region are the birthplace of intense,  reds that many wine writers and collectors consider to be Spain’s most elite wines. Priorat wines have risen from being almost unheard-of on the international wine market to being one of the world's most expensive wines.

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Priorat’s best wines are concentrated and full of character thanks to the very low yields produced by the region’s harsh conditions: hot, dry, and low nutrient content in the soil.  Yield is closely linked to quality: lower yields mean higher quality.

Those low yields, in addition to the intense manual labor required to make wines here, mean that Priorat wines are some of the most expensive in Spain. They are also, in the eyes of many, among the best wines produced in the country. Expressive, fresh and less oaky than many traditional Spanish reds, Priorat wines have earned a devoted following in Spain and beyond.

The remains of the monastery where wine began in Priorat. 

The remains of the monastery where wine began in Priorat. 

Priorat's relatively recent rise to fame and glory belies the region's long history of winemaking. Winemaking dates back at least as far as the 12th Century, when monks of the Carthusian Order established a the Priorato dei Scala Dei monastery and planted vineyards there to make wine to serve at mass. The monastery's ruins can still be visited today, and vines still hug the hillsides below it.

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We will be serving this particular Priorat wine for our Tapas and Wine dinner. Currently there are only 36-40 bottles in the United States!  It retails for $56 a bottle.

Our lovely wine rep has been saving her stock for us and we are able to offer a small pour tasting at our Tapas dinner! There will be very limited bottles on hand for purchase as well, with a limit of one bottle per person. 

We have chosen 6 lovely wines from this region to compliment our 8 course tapas menu. You may just find YOUR new signature red! 

What a fantastic experience at Old Quail Run Farm. We are excited and hope you will join us! 

Christmas Has Arrived at The Farm

It's feeling a bit more like Christmas, right? This cold snap in North Texas is just what I needed to pull out the decorations and dress up this ole farmhouse!

In 5 more months, we reach our 2 year anniversary of living on the farm. And I'm going to be totally honest with you. Celebrating the birth of Jesus in this old Texas cottage totally lives up to all the hype and imagined stories I had running through my head when made the leap to country life.

Warm cookies and cups of hot cocoa, friends and family mingling and then settling down with a cozy throw over their lap in front of the fireplace; it all happens here. But not because I have it all together or my house is perfectly tidy. Let's dispel that myth right now!

When we took on the remodeling of this farmhouse, we were being molded and taught to let go of perfection; one old house project at at time. A 100 year old farmhouse will never be a new build. There are quirks; doors that stick, floors that creak, walls that lean in and drafts that creep in from time to time. But through the process, our response to each oddity transformed from frustration to acceptance, and now, to joy!

So in this beautifully imperfect and rushed season of life, we invite the neighbors in for impromptu fellowship (and whatever I have in the pantry), we swing the doors open wide for a gaggle of teenagers that need a place to hang out, or poof the pillows for overnight guests that pop into town.

Just as this home will never be "perfect", I've exchanged (only through grace) being the "perfect" hostess for a joyful and grateful one. My hope and prayer is for each one of you to do the same, one baby step at a time, and never be too hard on yourself!  

Keep following our social media and blog for easy ways to host and give this Holiday season.

Merry Christmas, my friends!

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