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Alvaro palacio wine maker

spanish winemaker dinner

the gibson hotel proudly introduces alvaro palacios wine and food event on wednesday 9th october 2019.

guests are invited to enjoy an exquisite five course menu of fine dining food created by our executive head chef igor cikarev, accompanied throughout the night by specially selected glasses from the house of alvaro palacios. we are delighted to have the evening hosted by hugh murray of classic wines who will speak about each wine.

this intimate food and wine event takes place in coda eatery at the gibson hotel, the famous first dates restaurant, the perfect night out for foodies and wine enthusiasts!

tickets are available to buy on eventbrite and cost €75 per person.

we will also have a selection of these wines available to purchase on the night, you can buy your favourite wine to enjoy at home!

about alvaro palacios

considered one of the most sensational winemakers in spain and one of the best in the world, alvaro palacios has truly revolutionised the viticultural landscape of priorat, catalonia. he was instrumental in bringing about the modern renaissance of this forgotten wine region by producing “L’Ermita”, a wine which has since then become a true symbol of priorat around the world. after studying oenology in bordeaux and working at the legendary château pétrus, alvaro palacios was bound to take the reins of a family vineyard. but in 1989, led by his intuition, he decided to embark on a new adventure and settled in gratallops, a small village located in the steep hills of the remote priorat region, around 60km from barcelona. In this mystical land, the vineyards are planted on steep, terraced hillsides whose dramatic slopes make impossible any type of mechanical work. here, mules and horses are used instead.

in 1990, alvaro palacios acquired his first vineyard, finca dofi, which was to become home to one of the greatest wines produced by the estate.

In 1993, “l’Ermita” was born. named in honour of the small chapel overlooking the top of the hill, l’Ermita would come to represent the property, helping to put the priorat on the map internationally. with extremely old vines and very low yields, alvaro palacios pays homage to the unique character of an exceptional terroir, dominated by a single soil type, licorella. In these very brittle black slate soils, alvaro palacios produces magnificent wines from cabernet sauvignon, garnacha tinta (grenache), syrah and cariñena (carignan), wines which reveal a pure expression of priorat.

In 1998, alvaro and his nephew, ricardo perez, created a tiny jewel of a domaine in the town of corullón, on bierzo’s western border. descendientes de J. palacios – named for alvaro’s father – produces as many as seven different wines, depending on the year. and since the first vintage in 1999, descendientes has proven that it is Spain’s closest kin to the great domaines of burgundy’s côte d’or.

over the last few years palacios has been leaving international varieties behind to focus on garnacha, which now stands as the sole or main grape in his most acclaimed labels. the wines have changed too; they are less structured, displaying a highly aromatic character and boasting the kind of freshness that would have seemed unthinkable just a few years ago.

Alvaro was crowned ‘decanter man of the year’ for 2015 and the recipient of the institute of masters of wine/drinks business winemakers’ winemaker award in 2016.

the menu

reception drink – mistinguett cava rose

amuse bouche


sea scallop sashimi, pickled blueberries, lavender

paired with palacios remondo placet rioja 


foie gras espuma, fig jelly, chamomile granola, nasturtium

paired with camins de priorat


poached turbot, smoked aubergine, samphire, lemon, sea velouté

paired with villa de corullon bierzo


rump of wicklow lamb, baby cane beetroot, jamon croquette, morcilla, thyme jus

paired with palacios remondo propiedad rioja reserva


dark chocolate, blood orange mousse, honeycomb ice cream

paired with petalos del bierzo