Top 10 essential wines for every day

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We’re starting off the new year with the famous January belt-tightening, and we can’t be expected to face up to it cheerfully without wine on the table. We’ve decided to prepare a selection of the best red wines at unbeatable prices, so that you never go short at home or on the table.

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Parotet Vermell: Celler del Roure produces wines that are full of fruit and Mediterranean energy. Prepared with Garnacha tinta, mando and monastrell, and aged for a few months in earthen jars to preserve all the freshness of the fruit.

Viña Zorzal Garnacha: The breath of fresh air these young wines bring to the old Grenache vines of Navarra, in the lower area of the Ribera Baja de Ebro. This wine reflects all the goodness of the variety, fresh red fruit perfect for accompanying all kinds of food.

Abel Mendoza Jarrarte Joven Maceración Carbónica: The selection has to include this great wine as a representative of the most faithful style of carbonic maceration. Every year Maite and Abel produce one of the most typical wines of the Rioja Alta area. Loads of fruit and firm tannins that make it irresistible on any table.

Rayos Uva: Olivier Riviere, the “Gabaxo” from La Rioja, presents a wine with a perfect balance between fruit and light aging. This wine is designed to please the most demanding palates at any time of the day.

Les Argiles d’Orto Vins Negre: Joan Asens is one of the greatest connoisseurs of the Montsant area and an Orto Vins winemaker. He presents us with this wine, which is essential for understanding the area where fruit and floral notes come together to provide us with a vibrant wine.

Pruno: This is a wine for those who love to drink wines with aromas and tertiary flavors of aging. Spicy with a fruity base note and a medium-high body, it is indispensable in any meal.

Ultreia Saint Jacques: Having a Raúl Pérez wine on the table every day is possible, and besides, not just any wine. Ultreia Saint Jacques has been one of the most sought after Raúl wines, for its quality and price. So, Mencía lovers, now you know. Buy it!

Solà Fred Negre: Listed as the best QPR wine in the world in 2017 according to Decanter. A wine made by the Cooperativa del Masroig in Montsant and with the Cariñena variety. A wine that is fruity while at the same time spicy with firm tannins. perfect for enduring everyday meals.

Vizcarra Senda del Oro: The Vizcarra family bottles the essence of Ribera del Duero in this wine. a 100% fino red that they age for seven months to provide more structure to the wine. It’s become a classic in the area.

La Viña de Ayer Garnacha: this wine, produced in the subzone of Cebreros in the Gredos area, is a real gift. Old grenaches prepared and aged in cement. Balanced, juicy and fresh; properties that make it ideal for any time of the day.

With these 10 arguments we feel sure you won’t be short of wine at home.

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2018 Parker Ratings : Aragón, Gredos and Navarra

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At the end of 2018 Robert Parker published his final report on Aragón, Gredos and Navarra. Three areas where the Grenache variety is indigenous and is revealing the best of itself. This is demonstrated by the 100 points awarded to Rumbo al Norte from the Comando G winery in Gredos. The more refined style that wines made with this variety are acquiring leads to them being compared to the Pinot Noir from Mediterranean climates.

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In the different DOs covered by this region, Luis Gutiérrez sees a significant change in the style of wines produced, from over-matured and structured wines to wines that are more balanced. The wineries that stand out are Bodegas Frontonio in Valdejalón, with an important leap in quality compared to the last report. El Escocés Volante in Calatayud and Cuevas de Arom in Campo de Borja.

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This region, which still remains part of different communities and DOs, could actually form a single Denomination. Among them is the recently released Cebreros. In this denomination Luis nominates Soto y Manrique, which the Cebreros cooperative has acquired to develop its different wines, such as Naranja y Azules Garnacha 2017 with 92 points. In the same Cebreros Viñedos del Jorco also stands out, with a renewed image and a new range focusing on the local wines.

The Bernabeleva winery also has very good scores, producing lighter and more precise wines year after year. Its plot-grown wines like Garnacha de Viña Bonita 2016, with 96 points, are a good indication of this.

The Marañones winery also finds itself a niche among the most outstanding wineries in the Gredos area. Its top wine Peña Caballera 2016 has obtained 96 points and its Albillo white Pies Descalzos 2017, 93 points.

But the big news from the Gredos area has been the 100 points obtained by Rumbo al Norte 2016 from Comando G. One of the most breathtaking vineyards in the peninsula, located on a Martian setting surrounded by granite rocks and resting on decomposed granite sand. Not falling short either are the other “Grand Crus” from the winery, such as Tumba del rey Moro with 97 points, or those that are bottled under the Daniel Landi Viticultor label, like Las Iruelas 2016, with 96 points. Their vino de pueblo La Bruja de Rozas 2016 also stands out, with 93.

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From this denomination, Luis Gutiérrez highlights three wineries in this report: Domaine de Lupier; the Artadi winery in the Artazu area and Viña Zorzal. In Artazu he has seen a change of style in the production, which has gone from a more over-mature style to a more defined style, as shown by the 94 points for Santa Cruz de Artazu.

Within Navarre, the greatest improvement has been found in Viña Zorzal, with its single-variety wines such as Viña Zorzal Graciano 2016, which has obtained 90, or the wine that has attracted his attention the most Viña Zorzal Malayeto 2016, with 94 points, which, as Luis says, is a wine to buy whole boxes of.

 

And so concludes Luis Gutiérrez’s last 2018 report for Wine Advocate. A bombshell that puts Spanish Grenaches at the pinnacle of the world’s great wines. Bravo!

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Wines to give as presents this Christmas

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We’ll give you some tips so you can get your Christmas presents right when it comes to wine. To do so, we’ll present different profiles of people depending on what they usually drink, and here we’ll suggest several wines so you can surprise them while being true to their tastes.

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Classical Rioja consumers: People who usually drink this type of wine like the subtle tertiary aromas of aging and its excellent bouquet. For a gift in this category that never fails we have Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva. Marques de Murrieta is a legendary winery outside of the station district circle, with its impressive 300 hectare estate from where the best and oldest vineyard is selected and the grapes subjected to a traditional winemaking process for over 2 years in 225 barrels, endowing the wine with those aromas that are so longed for by this type of consumer. A great gift in every sense of the word.

Ribera de Duero consumers: For lovers of wines with body and firm tannins, this D.O. is always a good bet. The clayey soils and the fino tinto variety in this area, together with aging in barrels, produce a robust wine. Young winemakers wishing to represent these regions have recently been emerging. We therefore suggest Dominio de Es Viñas Viejas de Soria. A less well known area in the province of Soria within the Atauta region, made up of old vineyards transformed by Bertrand Sourdais, resulting in one of the most surprising Ribera wines around at the moment.

Consumers of high expression wines: For people who like concentrated, spicy and powerful wines, you have a great opportunity to give them Muga Aro. A wine that is only produced in great vintages, as the 2010 vintage was and this 2015 one now is. A meticulous selection in vineyard with the bunches being selected one by one, followed by a wine-making process to get all the strength out of the fruit, does the rest. A really great gift.

Adventurous consumers: This gift is aimed at people who, when they enter a restaurant, love to scour the menu in search of novelties for their palate. Bernabeleva Carril del Rey is the wine for them, a Grenache made in the ​Gredos area by Marc Isart for Bernabeleva. A great wine that is fruity, floral, light and profound, capable of exciting the most restless people.

Trendy consumers: Here you can find the perfect gift for people who are looking for the latest trends when it comes to eating and drinking. One fashion that is here to stay is natural wines. Wines that are triumphing in all the best restaurants and wine bars in the world. We’ve chosen you La Llopetera by Escoda Sanahuja, a viticulturist who has been producing wine in this way for many years, a visionary in our part of the world. One of the finest Pinot Noir wines from our latitudes. It won’t disappoint you.

Consumers who go along with what the experts say: We set this last section aside for people who like to be informed about the best wines rated by wine experts. Here we offer you one of the great gems rated by Luis Gutiérrez for the Parker wine list. Clos Erasmus 2013 is one of its great vintages that he has given a score of 100 points. The sort of present that will bring tears to the eyes of the lucky recipient.

So now you know, here you have some great gifts for those who have earned them. Enjoy them!

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Classic wines from Rioja – the train station district

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In the introduction to the blog on classic vs modern wines we talked about the different profiles that a wine can acquire depending on the way it’s made. Among these two major classifications we can refer to a wine’s profile as being either classic or modern, and one of the wine regions where you can differentiate these profiles is Rioja. Here the arrival of the railway marked an important milestone in the development of the region.

Before the beginning of the D.O. the important area where quality wine was produced was in the Haro train station district. This happened due to the arrival of the train in this town and the consequent ease of reaching this area, whose characteristics are similar to those of Bordeaux. In 1859 after the powdery mildew devastated the harvest, and later the phylloxera, the French wineries began to buy wine in the area and later to produce it. In 1877 Mr. Rafael López de Heredia built his own winery, located a few meters from the station. Subsequently in 1879 CVNE, in 1890 Gomez Cruzado and La Rioja Alta and in 1901 Bodegas Bilbainas also established their wineries near the station. After the arrival of phylloxera in the Rioja region, Muga was created in 1932 and lastly, in modern wine-making times, Roda was created in 1987.

In this way they came to form a compendium of wineries that are distinguished by the most classic methods of preparation learned by the French winemakers, with long periods of aging in barrels where the wine is stabilized naturally with the passage of time, giving the wine subtle brick-red colors, tertiary and slightly spicy aromas and an elegant and complex palate. Great fine wines with the Rioja name.

Here are some typical classic wines:

Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva: a wine that is causing quite a stir today, despite being misunderstood for many years. Nowadays it has become a cult wine. Produced mainly with the Viura variety and aged for 6 years in old 225 barrels, its main characteristics are the complexity that the slow oxidation gives it and the great liveliness that it maintains over time.

Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva: This 904 is one of the standards of classic winemaking. It remains in barrels for 4 years with continuous racking to clean the wine. A fine wine, with a clear mastery of the tertiary aromas and with an enormous storage capacity.

Cune Imperial Gran Reserva: This wine represents the winery’s oldest style. Produced from vineyards from the different subzones that are perfectly combined in order to support 2 years in barrels and 4 years in the bottle before being put on the market. A wine with a somewhat fruitier character than its neighbors but which preserves that fineness that is typical of the fine wines of the area.

Muga Prado Enea: Muga arrived a little later than its neighbors, but adapted perfectly to the production methods adopted by nearby wineries. A great wine that gains in finesse year after year. A style that is classic and at the same time very Burgundian. Tertiary and slightly fruity aromas that give the wine an excellent complexity.

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We visit the Best Wines of Spain Show 2018, Peñín Guide

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As we mentioned last year, we have again visited the Show organized by the Guide in its 19th edition for wines rated by Peñín; an event not to be missed for benchmark wineries from the Spanish wine scene and for the leading representatives from the world of wine. The event was once again a success in terms of those attending and as a meeting place for professionals.

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On this occasion we were able to continue enjoying the traditional wines, and best of all for us, discovering new wineries and wines that we will gradually incorporate into our catalog. Among others, we should highlight:

Artuke: Artuke continues to improve year after year. They have introduced three new wines, from two different pagos, which are incorporated into the Fincas de los Locos range. Their names are “La Condenada”, “El Escodallero” and “Las Mañas”, in which the Tempranillo grape prevails. The three are expressed differently, although they have a common denominator – their fineness.

Bernabeleva: The repertoire of wine, both white and red, that the 2016 Bernabeleva vintage offers, is impressive. Fine, light and filled with nuances by the thousand. Among the whites “Navaherreros Blanco de Bernabeleva” stands out, and in the reds “Carril del Rey” is notable for its fluid complexity.

Contador Winery: Benjamín Romeo continues his commitment to concentrated wines, although each time the tannins are gentler in their youth; something which his second market vintage “Colecciones” demonstrates. “El predicador”, his entry in the range, is included in this new philosophy of the winery, resulting in a wine that has volume but without losing the ‘long drink’.

Telmo Rodríguez wine company: We wanted to check how the Telmo Rodríguez plots in La Rioja have evolved. This is a winery that gets better and better, year after year. The second vintage from its new plots didn’t disappoint us: Tabuerniga, La Estrada and El Velado, which have improved in terms of both quality and precision.

Dominio del Águila: It’s always a pleasure to taste this winery’s great wines again. Its “Peña Salada 2012” wine is expected to have a great aging capacity. We should also highlight the “Picaro del Águila 2015” claret for its structure and depth.

Diez-Caballero: A small winery located in El Ciego that we wanted to try and that didn’t disappoint us. Aged and reserve wines produced in a classical way, with great respect paid to highlighting the fruit. You’ll be able to try it soon in Decántalo.

Hacienda Solano: A winery that has only recently been included in the Decántalo catalog. Toni Sarrión, an oenologist from Mustiguillo, also advises on the production of its wines. Here he stamps his personality, while respecting the fruit more than the aging at all times.

Hacienda El Ternero: A winery located in the Burgos part of La Rioja, standing out for its aged wines and light reserves. The aged wine is one of the freshest in the region.
Fento wines & Zárate: This winery has no limits, and vintage after vintage demonstrates this. In this edition we were impressed by “Carralcoba 2016”, due to its straightness, depth and salinity.

Soto y Manrique: Located in Cebreros, Ávila, it produces a very tasty Grenache at an unbeatable price (what more can you ask for?). As a novelty, this year the winery has created a very fresh and drinkable albillo.

Terra d’Uro: A winery pertaining to the Denomination of Origin Toro is one of our favorites from the DO. It keeps its balance in a region where wines tend to have a high concentration. “Finca la Rana” is true to this style, maintaining the optimum point of structure, accompanied by spicy notes.

Marques de Murrieta: An indispensable Rioja winery, as attested by its great wines; from its reserve to its “Castillo de Ygay”, all filled with elements that are typical of the winery and its territory.

Suertes del Marqués: The new vintages that we were able to taste points the way towards wines that are deeper, more open and more fluid. Its “El Trenzado” white wine proves this.

It has been a pleasure once again to have been invited to this unmissable Spanish wine event. Until next year!

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Wine rating: Who’s who

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At Decántalo we’ve introduced several new scores in order to reflect the different criteria of the main consumer motivators worldwide. We present the people behind these ratings and their different ways of reflecting the scores.

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Wines rated by Parker: Robert Parker Jr became the most influential man in the world of wine by writing and publishing The Wine Advocate from his hometown of Maryland. From his home he managed to refute the view of the great critics of the time by insisting that the 1982 vintage in Bordeaux was one of the greatest in recent times. Since then he has achieved a worldwide reputation where his scores have succeeded in influencing millions of consumers and even winemakers, by adapting the wines to the personal tastes of Robert Parker Jr. Today the person in charge of tasting Spanish wines is Luis Gutiérrez, a great connoisseur of the various wine regions and a person who likes to examine the vineyards at first hand and get to know the people behind each of them.

From 96 to 100: An extraordinary, deep and complex wine which retains the classic attributes of the area.
From 90 to 95: A wine with exceptional complexity and character.
From 80 to 90: From the 80s upward it would be an average level wine up to 89, which would be a very good wine.

Wines rated by Suckling: James Suckling is originally from Los Angeles. Since the beginnings of Wine Spectator in 1981 he has been a contributor to the publication. Due to the expansion of the magazine he moved to Europe, where he was in charge of all tastings at a European level. Since then he has had a close relationship with all the European producers. He estimates that he has blind-tasted more than 200,000 wines throughout his career. In 2010 he decided to set up his own publication www.jamessuckling.com and now has a large team of collaborators who cover the most famous wine-producing areas around the world, including Spain.
Their scores are also awarded using the American 100 points method; where they are built up based on these parameters: Color 15; Aromas 25; Structure on the palate 25, overall evaluation of the wine 35.

Wines rated by Peñin: José Peñín has been the pioneer in rating Spanish wines for more than 25 years; an extensive history of tastings that has discovered a great many wines for amateurs and professionals. The scoring scale is similar to the American system, scoring out of a 100

From 95 to 100: A positive rating in all senses, and with an exceptional intensity.
From 90 to 94: Wine with values ​​similar to the exceptional ones but with less intensity and fewer nuances.
From 85 to 89: Wine in which nuances of its type and wine-producing area stand out.
From 80 to 84: Wine with minimal nuances with regard to its type and wine-producing area.
From 70 to 79: Does not present any remarkable factor.
From 60 to 69: Nuances that may have defects are observed.
From 50 to 59: Defective bottle.

Wines rated by Decanter: Decanter is a British publication founded in 1975, and is the oldest wine magazine in the country. Its expansion has continued non-stop, and it is now published in over 90 countries.
Since 1991 the magazine can also be read on its website https://www.decanter.com/, and is one of the most visited on the planet. Their ratings are scored out of 100, and are translated into different medals.

From 98 to 100: An outstanding wine – Gold medal
From 95 to 97: An excellent wine – Gold medal
From 90 to 94: Highly recommended – Silver Medal
From 86 to 89: Recommendable – Bronze medal
From 80 to 85: Praised

Wine rated by Tim Aktin: This British journalist and Master of wine, is one of the most influential consumer motivators in the English-speaking market and a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, one of the most prestigious competitions worldwide using the blind tasting method. He writes contributions for important publishers such as Decanter or Drink Business. The scoring parameters are similar to those of Decanter.

And lastly, our own point scoring system, which we explained in a previous post and are recovering here.

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Decanting

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Decanting is the action of separating liquids from solids. Described in this way it seems to be a simple and mechanical operation, but if we’re talking about decanting in the world of wine, then we’re referring to something that is almost an art.

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Decanting in wine basically involves transferring the wine inside the bottle into another container, in this case the decanter. From here onwards we can find different types of decantation according to its purpose, and there are many types of decanters created exclusively to aid this operation.

The aim of classic decanting is to separate the deposits that may have formed in those older wines that have been bottled for a long time, and for this a decanter with a narrow neck and wide base should be used, so that the wine slides delicately around the neck and when it gets to the base it rests quietly and begins to breathe, thereby revealing all its long-confined virtues. An ideal decanter for this type of decanting is the Riedel Ultra Decanter. With its academic lines, it is the decanter used by the great sommeliers.

Another type of decanting would be the one required by young, full-bodied wines and reduced natural wines, which are austere and not very expressive at the outset . Here the Riedel Cabernet Decanter is ideal for these types of wines. With its sober design, and wide opening and base, it allows the wine to be poured in energetically, causing the necessary oxygenation, while softening its tannins and allowing it to reveal all its character and personality.

There are other types of wine that need to be decanted gently in order to open up and express all their character, such as white wines and sparkling wines with lengthy aging. For this task the perfect decanter is the Riedel Cornetto Single. With its stylish neck and wavy shapes, the wine slides delicately in it until it reaches the base, where it can breathe calmly. Here each wine takes the time it needs to reveal its entire personality.

Decanting times need to be taken into account in all this, for instance, old wines and wines with a long aging will need more resting time than young wines with body and wines that display some kind of reduction.

Here you can see the different types of decanters we have for sale.
You’re sure to find yours :)

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The new wave of Spanish producers

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We are lucky to have a crop of producers eager to recover areas, varieties and a viticulture that respects the environment. Well-travelled people and eager to rescue the authenticity of the past. We present a number of producers from the new wave who are sure to surprise you:

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Alvar de Dios Hernández: A few years ago Alvar started his personal project in his hometown of Pego in Toro, while working in the Marañones winery. One of his grandfather’s old vineyards was the starting point, and the result is called Aciano. A Toro red grape from pre-phylloxera vines that has found its balance in an extreme climate, from a preparation that pampers the landscape. Its portfolio has grown, making a young red containing material called Tío Uco, which comes from different vineyards in the area and Vagüera, a white from a small plot containing 10 different white varieties. He has taken another step by making wine in the small denomination of Arribes, where he has found the fluidity and freshness that he likes so much with the native varieties of the area.

Manuel Moldes / Fulcro Wineries: within Rías Baixas there are large processors who flee from the commercial profiles of the area and seek to make the best use of the Atlantic climate and to produce deeper and more austere wines. One of them is Manuel Moldes in the subzone of Salnés. Their wines perfectly reflect the granite soils and a great salinity capable of emulating great Sancerre wines, and Fulcrum is one of them.

Curro Barreño / Jesús Olivares: Fedellos de Couto: These individuals are more than prepared. They met in the Sierra de Gredos where they worked in different wineries and also later in Ribeira Sacra. This time they have joined Luis Taboada, a native of Pazo do Couto in the Bibei Valley, where they have managed to bring out some of the most original and fragrant wines in the area. Try them!

Paola Medina / Williams & Humbert : In Jerez there is a new trend with the desire to boost the wines of the area again. In this new wave is Paola, an oenologist/manager for the winery. In her effort to differentiate the winery’s best wines, the crianzas are made in a static way, without mixing vintages and with the objective of taking out the greatest potential of the year. His latest release is a fine organic vintage. Unmissable

Beatriz Herranz / Cornet Boat: Beatriz began her journey in a small garage in la Seca, in the Rueda area. He started to vinify a family vineyard with a 500l barrel. From there she began to understand better the main variety of the area and to get to know old vineyards that would give her wines of Barco del Corneta that special character. Now Felix has joined the project, a great, longstanding friend with whom she shares interests.

Iago Garrido / Fazenda Agrícola Augalevada: Iago is a lover of Biodynamics, and practices it in his Ribeiro vineyards. This young man has opted to carry his passion into his way of life. He has planted and pampered the vineyards in the town of Cenlle, Ribeiro. His curiosity and his desire to convey the landscape has no limits, and this is reflected in the Ollos de Roque wine, a deep wine rooted in the soil.

Oriol Artigas: Oriol has entered the ​Alella area to provide some fresh air. He has started to play with the different vineyards and microclimates of the area along with their different soils, granite, slate, etc. … His method of preparation is based on zero use of chemical products both in the vineyard and in the winery. His wines are original and authentic, seeking the purest Mediterranean fragrances and from the territory.

Javier Revert: he is passionate about his place of origin, Font de la Figuera, in the Terres dels Alforins subzone of Valencia. This young vine grower who started and continues his career within Celler del Roure. His small personal project began with the family vineyards in the area. Rescuing varieties and vinifications used by his ancestors, such as Micalet, a wine made in 1000-liter clay jars.

And so a large group of new products that we will expand in subsequent blog entries. Long live fresh air!

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Can you help us fund a major new project?

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First of all we’re delighted to announce that, thanks to everyone’s collaboration, we’ve succeeded in achieving 100% of the funding that the Global Humanitaria association needed to carry out the project entitled “Assisted therapy with horses for people with disabilities“, a project for helping children with physical problems to improve their quality of life by promoting their self-reliance and encouraging the stimulation, rehabilitation and reeducation of those functions and motor skills that have been altered.
On our part, we’d just like to say … Thank you all for your collaboration!

Yet this doesn’t end here. We’re launching a new collaboration and we’d like to ask for your help.
A new project that we believe is really worthwhile. This is the “Sharing food resources” campaign. A campaign organized by Nutrición Sin Fronteras aimed at protecting the universal right to food for people in a situation of poverty.

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Taking advantage of the fact that Barcelona is a tourist city, with a significant number of hotels, Nutrition without borders is launching this project to take advantage of the surplus of food cooked in hotel kitchens. Nutrition without borders is responsible for collecting and distributing this food in meal centres, while ensuring optimal hygiene and food safety conditions throughout the transportation process.

This project’s ultimate goal is for 50 people to benefit directly, by receiving a balanced and nutritious daily meal for a month and a half.
We look forward to your help in getting this project funded soon. When you place your order, you can check a box in the shopping cart to make your contribution. You can collaborate with as little as € 1.

You can see the follow-up for the funding of this project on the of Worldcoo website by following this link: http://www.worldcoo.com/en/projects/sharing-food-resources/

Thank you all in advance!

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Pairing mushrooms and wine.

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With the arrival of autumn and its first rains, the high season for mushrooms begins. Mushrooms, like wine, are a product deeply rooted in the land, and with a very important culinary tradition in Spain.

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Mushrooms are an extraordinary complement in casseroles and stews, with meat or fish, and a delight as the main ingredient in rice and pasta dishes. There are as many types of mushrooms as ways to cook them. All these combinations provide us with a range of flavors and textures that give us a lot of scope when it comes to pairing.
Here we offer you a selection of the best pairings that are sure to captivate you.

Viña Pedrosa Crianza 2015: a Ribera del Duero classic that combines with all kinds of mushrooms thanks to its tertiary aromas provided by aging in the best woods, and its notes of humid earth, humus and undergrowth.

Losada 2016: this silky and full-bodied Mencía del Bierzo is the perfect companion for casseroles and stews where the mushrooms provide all their characteristic aroma and flavor.

Castillo de Monjardín Chardonnay Reserva 2014: we can pair this white wine with wood perfectly with a cream of mushrooms thanks to its toasted aromas and its lactic notes, while leaving our mouth clean with every sip.

Jhana 2017: a fantastic rosé wine with a short aging that gives it the right body to perfectly accompany pasta dishes with delicious mushroom sauces, such as those made with boletus edulis.

Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de Labastida 2014: a Rioja with its distinguished barrel aging that goes hand in hand with all kinds of mushrooms cooked in a pan, grilled or braised.

Roger Goulart Gran Cuvée Gran Reserva 2011: this long-aged and well-structured cava is the perfect pairing for the typical risotto with mushrooms. Its elegant aromas of aging in the bottle and its freshness in the mouth combine with these delicious rices in terms of flavor and texture.

Vilosell 2016: the flagship of the esteemed oenologist Tomás Cusiné, this is a full-bodied wine, elegant and with marked notes of spices, and one that will pair with the characteristic spicy flavor of mushrooms such Grey Knight or Horn of Plenty.

Joan Rubió Essencial 2016: This natural white wine, made with xarel·lo with a gentle aging, gives us just the right fruit needed to further enhance the sweet and fruity flavor of mushrooms like Chanterelle.

Callejuela Amontillado: This typical sherry wine, with body and structure and with its toasted notes of nuts such as hazelnut, combines perfectly with the fleshy flavors and textures that such delicious mushrooms as Caesar’s Mushroom (amanita caesaeria) give us. A pairing that is as bold as pleasurable.

Artadi Viña El Pisón 2015: We could not finish this post without mentioning this luxurious mushroom, the truffle (Tuber melanosporum), with its refined aroma, merits wines of the highest class like Pisón, one of the great wines of La Rioja.

Welcome to autumn, enjoy!

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