Claartje has that rare combination of deep knowledge with a light & enjoyable delivery. Her enthusiasm for all things wine & her local connections make you feel like a connoisseur after a few hours. I have used her studio multiple times to host groups of friends and/or colleagues to entertain. Ask her to supply the bites as well and it’s an evening filling program in a convivial setting. I personally joined some of her topical evenings solo as well. At least one consequence was my appreciation for Cava, Spain’s best kept ‘secret’, has developed quite dramatically. My fridge won’t be lacking at least some bottles of Cava in the future ;-) (5*)
We are three friends, and we bought both wines and a wine tasting with blend and bottled last week in Barcelona.
To be honest, it was the most cozy and informative wine tasting we have ever visited. The host, Claartje, was extremely friendly and had such extensive knowledge on wines both in and outside Spain. Further, she was good at sensing our level of knowledge - and thereby adjusting the depth of her information. Good wine, good food, good company, good information. Whats not to like.
You should definitely visit! :)
My husband and I enjoy wine, and when we travel, we always try to book a tasting to learn more about the country's wines. Not many companies have consistent 5 star ratings on TripAdvisor, so my husband and I really wanted to try a wine tasting at Blend and Bottled while vacationing in Barcelona. Claartje (Claire) didn't disappoint!
The two hours we spent with Claartje were wonderful. We learned so much about Spanish wines, and she gave us VERY healthy pours of 5 different wines along with all kinds of delicious cheese, breads, and charcuterie. While she's extremely knowledgeable about wine, she meets you on your level; she can easily and comfortably talk wine with the most and least educated oenophiles. We also appreciated the little informational handouts she provided us with during the session; these handouts gave us new terminology and ways for talking about wine.
Her studio - which she just opened in late fall 2017 - is cozy and inviting. It's got an urban chic feel: Brooklyn before it became so Brooklyn. We could have sat there talking with Claartje for hours. She actually let the tasting linger past the 2 hour mark since the three of us were so enjoying our conversation and last glasses of wine. A must-do for all wine lovers when visiting Barcelona! (5*)
If you are in Barcelona and love wine you absolutely should schedule some time with Claire! I'm a wine lover but knew very little about Spanish wine. Thanks to this experience, I know the type of Spanish wine I prefer. Claire is a wonderful host and a great conversationalist. She made us feel very comfortable and welcomed. It was a fantastic experience for wine lovers of all levels:) Thanks again, when I return to Barcelona I will definitely look you up for a guided winery tour! (5*)
Blend and Bottled is wine, Claartje is Blend and Bottled, so Claartje is wine! With a lot of knowledge, enthusiasm and pleasure she manages to create the perfect atmosphere for wine tastings, classes and social gatherings. While in Barcelona, a must to experience. Have fun! (5*)
Whether you are in the wine business are just mildly interested in wine, a tasting experience with Claire in an absolutely must do during your time in Barcelona! She is charismatic, delightful and incredibly knowledgeable about all things wine! Her shop is easily located and beautifully designed. My absolute favorite part was trying some unique wines to the region that I never would have experienced anywhere else! Not to mention - her pairings with local cheese and charcuterie were PERFECT! (5*)
Claire was able to accommodate myself and 10 other friends on our last day in Barcelona. We learned so much about wines, specifically Spanish wines. Claire is extremely knowledgeable, organized, and she has such a great personality! She provided us with a generous sampling of various red and white wines and we learned about the appearance, color, body, taste, etc. (5*)
Fabulous wine tasting with an expert in Barcelona! After spending nearly three weeks in Europe, I can affirm that a highlight of our trip was spending an afternoon with Claire learning about Spanish wine varietals and regions. Claire was so engaging and knowledgeable and provided us an excellent sampling of Spanish wines. Her charcuterie board was delicious and certainly enhanced the wines that she presented to us. We were so enthused by the wines we sampled, that Claire allowed us to purchase wines from her and she personally delivered them to our hotel the next morning. If you only have 24 hours in Barcelona, Claire's wine tasting is a "must" to experience! (5*)