Majorca had such a profound effect on Rubén Darío that he wrote there some of his best poetry. For instance, he imagined in the bay of Palma the sails of Ulysses’ boat “moved by a breath of flowers and salt”. We have just returned from his gold island, where we have enjoyed gardens and sea in equal proportion. We found a similar balance of beauty and life in three wines we tasted.

The first one was Martue Chardonnay 2016, a fresh and inviting white from the Martue wineries in Toledo (7 euros), just like a summer night in Valldemossa. The next discovery was Medianias Suertes del Marqués, an outstanding Orotava red from the Canary Islands, a mineral wine grown in volcanic soil (16 euros). Believe it or not, it arrived to our table all the way from China. Our newphews who live in Shanghai had chosen it carefully and brought it back to our family reunion. I imagine this is what Phileas Fogg would have done if he had found an excellent wine in his 80 day trip around the world.

The last day we were in Mallorca we had dinner with an old friend, ÁN/2, from the Anima Negra wineries in Fellanitx. This incredible wine is made with Mallorca’s grapes, callet, mantonegro y fogoneu and sells for 15 euros. ÁN/2 made our conversation in the garden at night lighter and deeper, a phenomenon of friendship that only souls like Rubén Dario could describe in a few words.