Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Candea Red Wine 2015

D.O. Monterrey, Ourense, Spain

Producer: Mateo Rodríguez, winery Quinta da Muradella, http://www.domonterrei.com/bodega.php?id=18
Year: 2015
Variety grapes: Mencía, apart from Bastardo, Garnacha Tintorera, Mouratón, Gran Negro.
Elaboration: Wine fermented in cement and stainless steel. Bottled one year after its harvest. Organic and biodynamic farming.
Service: 14º-15º C.
Alcohol: 12 º C.

Red wine of ruby color, little covered. Very floral, it smells of field, freshly cut grass. We also get aromas of red fruit, currant. In the palate is an easy drinking wine; live, fresh, a hint of salty, and with a good acidity. Perfumed and subtle, it is a wine with a good retronasal. Very honorable, it reminds us that this is a wine of terroir, closely linked to the soil where it grew, an Atlantic wine, with all that implies. Great value for the price. 11 $.


Candea Tinto 2015

D.O. Monterrey, Ourense.

Productor: Mateo Rodríguez, Bodega  Quinta da Muradella http://www.domonterrei.com/bodega.php?id=18
Añada 2015
Variedad: Mencía,  además de Bastardo, Garnacha Tintorera, Mouratón, Gran Negro.
Elaboración: Vino fermentado en cemento y acero inoxidable.Embotellado un año después de su cosecha. Agricultura ecológica y biodinámica.
Temperatura de servicio: 14º-15º C. 
Graduación: 12 º C.

Vino de color rubí, poco cubierto.  Muy floral, huele a campo, a hierba  recién cortada. Nos llegan también aromas de fruta roja, grosella. Al paladar resulta un vino fácil de beber, de trago largo;  vivo, fresco, salino, y con una buena acidez. Perfumado y sutil, es un vino con una buena retronasal. Muy franco, nos recuerda que estamos ante un vino de pago, muy ligado al terruño, un vino atlántico, con todo lo que ello implica. Excelente relación calidad precio. 10 €.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ribeira Sacra in Forbes

The prestigious magazine Forbes proposes an idyllic trip to the world throughout the year by twelve places of dream, all with a common element: they are producers of wine and they offer spectacular landscapes; Among them one very close and undoubtedly among our favorites, for its wines, its magic, its spell, "La Ribeira Sacra" in Galicia, Spain. Home of winemakers such as Fernando González (Adegas Algueira), o Pedro Rodríguez (Guímaro) among many other producers.

La prestigiosa revista Forbes propone una idílica vuelta al mundo a lo largo del año por doce lugares de ensueño, todos ellos con un elemento común: son productores de vino y ofrecen paísajes espectaculares; entre ellos uno muy cercano y sin duda entre nuestros favoritos, por sus vinos, su magia, su embrujo, La Ribeira Sacra. Hogar de viticultores como Fernando González (Adegas Algueira), o Pedro Rodríguez (Guímaro), entre otros muchos. 

Forbes: Twelve underrated wine regions to visit in 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Madremia, a delicious wine from Toro

D.O. Toro, Zamora, Spain

Producer: Bodegas Divina Proporción http://www.divinaproporcionbodegas.es
Year: 2015
Variety grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
Elaboration: Fermentation in French and American oak barrels for nine months. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Maleolactic fermentation in barrel.
Service: 14º-16º C.
Alcohol: 13 º C.

Very red-colored cherry red wine and ruby edges. The first impression on the nose is very fruity, an impact marked by aromas of blackberries and currants, black fruit in general. It is accompanied by floral notes and cocoa aromas. Already in the mouth is a very lively wine, with notes of licorice and vanilla, with body while fresh, product of a markedly integrated acidity. It is unctuous and with a persistent and powerful retronasal. Easy to drink, invites another drink, while maintaining its character. Great value for the price. € 10.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


D.O. Toro, Zamora.

Productor: Bodegas Divina Proporción http://www.divinaproporcionbodegas.es
Añada 2015
Variedad: 100% Tinta de Toro
Elaboración:  Fermentación en barricas de roble francés y americano durante nueve meses. Fermentación en depósitos de acero inoxidable. Fermentación maleoláctica en barrica.
Temperatura de servicio: 14º-16º C.
Graduación: 13 º C.

Vino de color picota muy cubierto y ribetes color rubí. La primera impresión en nariz es muy frutal, un impacto marcado por los aromas a moras y grosellas, fruta negra en general. Lo acompañan notas florales y aromas a cacao. Ya en boca es un vino muy vivo, con notas de regaliz y vainilla, con cuerpo al tiempo que fresco, producto de una marcada acidez perfectamente integrada. Resulta untuoso y con una persistente y poderosa retronasal. Fácil de beber, invita a otro trago, al tiempo que mantiene su carácter.  Delicioso. Excelente relación calidad precio. 10 €.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

At Rúa 11, León

The city of León (Spain) is one of the most important landmarks of the Camino de Santiago, and it is in the middle of this medieval city where Rúa 11 is located. During its three years since it has been opened, it has become one of the most emblematic taverns, becoming a reference for whose that love the world of wine and vermouth.

We can find the tavern in  the medieval quarter, located in Rúa street, formerly called Rúa de los Francos, since it was and is, the traditional way of access to the city by the pilgrims who venture along the Camino de Santiago French.

At Rúa 11 we will find more than one reason to repeat. In a cozy atmosphere we have a great variety of vermouths - more than a hundred - as well as an important wine list, with a special dedication to local denominations such as Bierzo and Tierra de León. To taste wines as well as vermouth or any other drink, there is a good selection of free "tapas", as it is customary in the city, as well as a magnificent menú of toasts and other viands.

Rúa 11

Es la ciudad de León uno de los hitos más importantes del Camino de Santiago, y es en esta ciudad donde el Rúa 11 en sus tres años  de vida, se ha convertido en una de las tabernas más emblemáticas, pasando a ser todo un referente para los amantes del mundo de vino y del vermú.

Encontramos la taberna en pleno casco antiguo, ubicada en la calle de la Rúa, antiguamente llamada Rúa de los Francos, ya que era y es, la vía tradicional de acceso a la ciudad por parte de los peregrinos que se aventuran por el Camino de Santiago Francés. 

En el Rúa 11 encontraremos más de un motivo para repetir. En un ambiente acogedor tenemos gran variedad de vermús – más de cien-, así como una importante carta de  vinos, con una especial dedicación a las denominaciones locales, como Bierzo y Tierra de León. Para degustar tanto vinos como vermús o cualquier otra bebida, no falta  una cuidada selección de pinchos gratis, como es costumbre en la ciudad, así como una magnífica carta de “tostas” y otras viandas.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Acontia. A tasting with Maite Geijo

The brand Acontia belongs to Liba and Deleite, a family winery from Tudela del Duero (Valladolid, Spain), which after years dedicated to the elaboration of wines made for export, they have been proposed to redefine its market strategy. To come up whith this propose, they bet for wines of short production but excellent quality. Through the excellent explanations of Maite Geijo, winemaker and project manager with her husband Roberto Martin, we discover the secrets and details that keep their wines.

The winery Liba and Deleite  elaborates in Ribera del Duero, and in Toro. There is a before and an after in this change of trend, and this has much to do with the elaboration of wines in barrels of Navarrese oak. Two barrels to test such a noble tree were to blame. An entire experience that as we could hear, and experience, it gave the wine qualities that until then neither the French oak nor the American could contribute. The Navarra oak offers different characteristics for its toasted aromas, and its subtle coffee notes. Very different from the vanilla or coconut of their American and French relatives. This short experimental production, opened new horizons to the winery, to produce very personal wines with a lot of character, as we could see the diners gathered at the restaurant Norai Huelva, thanks once again to the commercial and informational work of The distributor Tierra Nuestra.