Catalonian Superstar Francesc Escala
Okay, so as boxing nicknames go, we'll admit: it may leave something to be desired. (He calls himself a "romantic butcher and gastro-wine passionate," but that lacks a bit for brevity.) The thing is, though? Francesc Escala is on the very, very, very short list of winemakers who have made Catalonia (and Penedès, within it) of the most exciting spots in the vinous world these days.
Tonight? [Insert breathless panting here.] He's in the house! Yes, one of the men behind Raventós i Blanc (one of the oldest continuous winemakers in the entire world, and the bubbles many consider to be the greatest in all of Spain)... and the man behind Can Sumoi (his high-altitude project for still and wild natural wines) is at Elmwood, ready to pour an octet of Catalan wonders!