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Scottish fizzy red wine makes a big splash

Tue 12 May 2009 23:07

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Forget all you think you know about red wine because a Scottish lady has torn up the rulebook; creating a wine that is full-bodied, best served cool and is, hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen, fizzy.

Whilst La Pamelita may not be the only sparkling red wine in the world it is certainly garnering quite a reputation as a delicious alternative to other wines produced in Spain; being utterly unique by virtue that is the county’s only sparking red wine.

Its creator originally studied bio-physics before finding work in the whisky industry.  From there Pamela Geddes, from Bridge of Allan, found her other passion, wine making, taking her to the relative ends-of-the-earth, finding a new home in Australia.

From there she began building up a formidable plonk-producing operation before shifting her work to Catalonia.

Working from a self-sufficient winery amidst the grapes and the dust, under the Mediterranean sun and the fat fruit flies; where at dusk the bats dance half-mad in the heat.  Here is where this full-bodied wine is made and a more perfect plot you would be hard-pressed to produce. 

Following a farm-shop ethic everything from the crushing of the fruit to the black bottling is done on site.  As such the drink has garnered a reputation for having a boutique bouquet.

So next time you are tempted by a venerable Italian grape or a full-bodied Chilean wine reach instead for a something a little closer to home; a Scottish wine that is a million miles away from the bottles of Buckfast and Blue Nun that can be found in the aisles of your local corner shop.

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