Memories from the U.S.; an open letter from Katherine Teixeira Bender
A few days ago I have received a wonderful mail from Katherine who visited Montau de Sadurni 8 years ago and since then never lost her nostalgia for Spain, wine and our winery in particular.
I visited Montau de Sadurni when I had an internship in Spain the summer of 2002. My school trip with Florida State University thought it would be fun to stop and do a wine tasting and tour the vineyard. Little did I know that the stop would change my life.
It was my first time actually tasting wine. Before, I drank sweet wines without paying attention to their colours, aromas, or bodies. During that visit, however, the wine demanded my attention: I remembered the blanc as light and fresh, the red crianza as fruity and smooth, and the cava was a masterpiece- turned by hand and was elegant.
I fell in love with wine. And with Spain. But mostly wine.
I purchased a few bottles and brought them back with me to the U.S. I took my new-found appreciation of wine and put it to good use when I moved to Atlanta, GA a few months after my return. Without knowing anyone else in Atlanta, I sought a wine tasting group so I could make friends. I instantly became the “Spanish-wine Girl” because I always talked about my experience at Montau de Sadurni, and spoke on the merits of Spanish wine and it’s amazing quality, smoothness, and lushness. I then was asked to assist at large-scale wine tastings, asked to direct small wine tasting groups of friends, and coordinate wine tasting and salsa nights for social gatherings.
Today, I am a Wine Specialist in Atlanta, GA. I have conducted wine tastings for thousands of people and have spoken endlessly about the Montau de Sadurni vineyard and the experience of rotating-by-hand the cava bottles, and how hills have great effects on wines, and how they are a wonderful example of Spanish excellence.
It has been 8 years since I first discovered their wine, but whenever I think of Spain, I think of Montau de Sadurni and I hope it one day will make its way to the wine stores of the U.S.
-Katherine Teixeira Bender