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March 26, 2020

Trés Coraçoes, Brazil!!!

So I am back in my memorable Brazil. I have many posts on the country and its cities in my blog; needless to expand more as I also lived , work and speak the language. However, let me tell you a bit more about a peculiar spot there.

Have you heard of Pelé? Do you follow football/soccer? Then , welcome to Trés Coraçoes! Read on…

Três Corações is a town in the State of Minas Gerais, and it is Pelé’s birthplace. The town of Três Corações is located in the Rio Verde basin, this being the main water course that crosses the territory.

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The main things to see here of course and only for the die hard football/soccer aficionado like me who welcome him to the NY Cosmos way back in the USA is the Monumento ao Tri at the Praça Coronel José Martins square.  It pays a fair tribute to the Tri-World Football Championship, won by Brazil, in Mexico, in 1970. It includes a special tribute paid by the locals to their eldest son , Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Rei Pelé.

Casa Pelé , this is a replica of the house where the King of Football lived as a child in Três Corações on the real terrain was rebuilt. Located on Rua Edson Arantes do Nascimento, nº 1.000, city center/downtown.

They even made a museum in his native home, even if he hardly visit the town now.  So much for the fame; the museum of Pele or Museu Terra do Rei , is open Mondays to Fridays from 8h to 18h and Saturdays from 9h to 13h. More on the museum in Portuguese from the Minas Gerais portal here: Minas Gerais on museum of Pele

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Now this is great coffee country and wonderful vendas or farm selling the wonderful Mineira food.  Some of the best coffees in the world are produced here, mainly in the state of Minas Gerais. The coffee plantations, which cover about 10,000 square kilometers, are located mainly in the states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Espírito Santo, in the Southeast and South, in Paraná, where the environment and climate offer ideal conditions for growth. In Minas Gerais, the largest exporting state, the culture of coffee production gained strength from 1907. The union of coffee growers of Minas Gerais in Portuguese here: http://sindicafe-mg.com.br/tipos-de-cafe

And for my recommendation of places where you can buy this wonderful brew direct there , my favorites, Trés Coraçoes, their webpage is here:Cafe Tres Coracoes

And to try a cup on site go the Cafeteria Grao Terra in Trés Coraçoes; webpage here:  Cafeteria essencia da terra and grao terra

I stayed briefly once there, of staying at the Pousada Calabreza, a simple hotel too simple the TV did not work but did had time to rest after the long 4 hrs trek by car.  They have a hotel propertly said in city center a bit better for longer accommodations;  I actually moved to the town nearby Varghina.  For a night stay over this one is ok. The Facebook page is here : Facebook page on Pousada Calabreza

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And for eating we went to Venda do Chico right around Tres Coraçoes for lunch, a great country place right in the woods with beautiful gardens and great souvenir and foodie store as well as the great restaurant. Real food, Mineira or miners’s town food hearty and plenty at excellent prices.  See it here and take a look at the photos! Venda do Chico restaurant store

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And to do things in reverse, let me tell a brief history of the town of Trés Coraçoes:

Três Corações do Rio Verde became part of the Minas Gerais Province in 1873, after the President of the province sanctioned laws establishing that the territory was part of its civil parish. The town continued to develop civically after Emperor Pedro II, and the imperial family visited it in 1884, for the inaugural of the Minas & Rio railroad. The railroad connected the town to Cruzeiro, a town in São Paulo Province. Three months following the emperor’s visit, the town was emancipated and became a city. Though formally known as Três Corações do Rio Verde, on September 7, 1923, the city became known as Três Corações.

The city of Trés Coraçoes webpage in Portuguese is here: City of Tres Coracoes

Tourist portal of Minas Gerais on things to do in the area in Portuguese: Tourism of Minas Gerais on things to do

And there you go , a small spot but very off the beaten path for the real taste of Brazil, this time in Minas Gerais and Trés Coraçoes. Hope you enjoy the brief tour.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

March 19, 2020

Wines in Brazil!

And continuing my tour of big beautiful Brazil let me talk to you about something different. Well, you know I am into wines big time. But do you know Brazil makes wine? and improving every year. I happened to lived there as an expat a few years back and had the opportunity to taste the local wines in Porto Alegre and Curitiba.

My best experience was in Curitiba as was able to visit the winemakers cellars. I will tell you briefly on the Durigan’s wines and hope you too can taste it there.

If you want to bring home some Brazilian wines with an Italian twist then head for Durigan’s winery, a real wine store, winery in one. The wines are not bad price/quality ratio and its unique as gift given or to drink as I did taken them home when I lived in the city .They cover a whole range with French grapes with the Reserva and white Chardonnay not bad at all.

Among so many stopping points in Santa Felicidade , district of Curitiba, and the Italian neighborhood about 7 km from the city center, reserve at least one hour for Durigan Wines. is on the most touristic stretch of Av. Manoel Ribas, the main artery of the neighborhood. The place is cozy, rustic and themed. Right at the entrance there are several sculptures, one of which represents Bacchus god of wine over a small waterfall.

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The Durigan family arrived in Paraná in the 19C from Treviso, Italy. After passing through Morretes, on the coast of the state of Paranà , the immigrants took up residence on the Curitiba plateau, today called Santa Felicidade.

All those delicious snacks such as salami, cheese, antipasti, sweets and chocolates are on sale. Daily they offer free tasting of cold cuts, juices and wines. The space is also focused on Italian gastronomic culture. If you want to prepare a typical dinner, you can open your wallet: here you can find pasta, sauces, olive oils, focaccias, crostinis, jellies and delicious pastries.  Another detail that I find very cute in the Durigan house is that it is always decorated according to the time of the year: Easter, Christmas, June parties;: giving the place an always festive look.

The official Durigan’s winery webpage in Portuguese is here: Vinhos Durigan, Curitiba Brazil

And this nice external youtube video will enhance your appreciation of the place, enjoy it

And there you go something other than samba and capirhina to expand your Brazilian knowledge. Hope you enjoy the Durigan’s wines in Santa Felicidade, Curitiba.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

March 16, 2020

Memories of Krakow! Poland!!

And so remembering some of escapes in Europe and this time to the new visited country of Poland I came upon Krakow. I have heard the city before as the birthplace of Pope John Paul II one of the true Popes in our history me think. Of course, I have written before on the city but this time will concentrate on the hotel and restaurants.  Hope you enjoy it as I did.

Of course, as for the last several years took off from Nantes Atlantique airport to Paris CDG and then onwards to John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice (KRK) . The trip to the hotel was  11 km or about 7 miles.

There is a service to the hotel Sheraton Grand Hotel with the navette bus service with prior reservation, the run is done 24/24 7 days a week. There is a regular bus service and of course the taxis which is what I took!

The Sheraton Grand Hotel has a wonderful location walking to the Wawel castle and the clock tower Sigismond along the Wisla river. There is a beautiful atrium with enclosed glass that gives it a charm to this 5 star hotel.  Certainly one of the best accommodation options in Kraków, everyone from celebs and diplomats to weekenders and corporate travellers bustle through the glass-covered atrium of this sparkling five-star venture. Kraków’s Sheraton was the first to be designated as a Grand five star hotel in Poland!, thus pushing it into the most elite class of Sheraton hotels. All the top amenities you’d expect are here, plus several fine restaurants and bars, including the seasonal Rooftop Terrace & Lounge bar overlooking the river and castle. There is a wonderful indoor heated pool as well and a nice ground floor restaurant ,The Olive Restaurant.

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Official Sheraton Grand Hotel webpage in English: Sheraton Grand Hotel brand of Marriott

I did try the Sheraton Grand Hotel Taras terrace top floor city view place in season, and the Olive Restaurant that are good on a rainy day in the hotel as I was; the grilled Polish beef tenderloins are good deal and more great well this time try the Valpolicella Italian red wine.

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The Taras top roof terrace webpage in English is here: Official Taras Lounge Bar

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I went outside the hotel on several occasions to see the sights and eat out and the experience was very nice.

One old reliable was found ! doing some walking!! For lunch I went for the classic international of Hard Rock Café in the Grand square corner with Market square (Mariacki) ,where the classic rock posters and paintings couple with a great burger and huge jar of beer was the setting for longer walks in the city lol! Hickory Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger, and the local Polish beer of  Zywiec. It was a lovely setting and great views too. More in English here: Hard Rock Cafe Krakow

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To top it off, the night went to a delightful wonderful friendly place I will be back; this is the Pod Nosem restaurant.  This is at the ground floor of the Hotel  Kanonicza 22. It is an old vault cellar with a twisted stair to dine above,and then you can come down to the cellar below ,where there is a glass floor you can see it from your table. At the cellar there are goodies to drink of the best of Poland; again will be back . Here I had the  Lamb Chump with young cabbage and potato puree, the local dessert Pavlova with Strawberries and Tokaj Szamorodni, and coffee expresso., all wash down with Polish red wine cannot recall the name lol! ….

This is an elegant upscale dining experience on Krakow’s oldest street, ‘under the nose’ (as the name translates) of  Wawel castle. Tantalising smells from the open kitchen will hit yours upon entry. The interior has some fine and creative touches with regal tapestries, embroidered seating, gorgeous dishware and some clever lamp fixtures whose profile pay tribute to the name. More info in English here: Pod Nosem resto in Kanonicza 22 hotel Krakow

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Krakow

I had another round for another lunch and went to the Biala Roza Restaurant; this is a traditional Polish restaurant of great renown in the city and the food was fantastic. Smoked pork  fatback, Duck breast, and Strawberries macaroons with red wine from the Loire of France! sublime. Unfortunately in a hurry did not took pictures, good reason to come back…

The restaurant is located right in the heart of the Krakow Old Town, nestled alongside the Market Square, the Planty and Wawel Castle, your eyes and ears will be in for as divine an experience as your mouth and nose. Biala Roza bring a light touch to Polish cuisine, avoiding the heaviness of traditional Polish cooking, whilst still keeping  if not improving  its exquisite taste. Their wine list includes an extensive range of bio-dynamic, organic and natural wines. A remarkable selection of indigenous grape varieties demonstrates that pairings with local Polish cuisine can be an unmatched dining experience. Very nice recommended. More info in English here: Biala Roza Restaurant

A bit more info to help you plan your trip to wonderful Krakow

The city tourist office: Visit Krakow the tourist office

The Polish tourist office on Krakow: Stay in Poland tourist office on Krakow

And voilà a wonderful trip to the nice Krakow, been here twice and looking forward for more. Hope you enjoy the tour.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

March 12, 2020

The market at Poissy!!

ok so let’s stay with Royal Poissy and my nostalgic Yvelines dept 78 of the Ïle de France region in my belle France. Again, written on Poissy many memorable moments living nearby but have not seen a post on its market! One of the livelist one in the area and we love it.  Therefore, here is my take on the market hall of Poissy.

Wait, a bit on the city of Poissy often overlook in an off the beaten path from influential Paris but worth the detour easy on the RER A and trains from Gare Saint Lazare.

Poissy has a long history. Chief town of Pincerais under the Merovingians, it subsequently became one of the oldest royal cities of Île-de-France, birthplace of the kings Louis IX and Philippe III, before being supplanted from the 15C by Saint-Germain-en-Laye. It is also one of the first towns by a charter granted in 1200 by Philippe-Auguste and an important religious city until the French revolution with the convents of the Dominicans, Capuchins and Ursulines. It is transformed in contemporary times into an industrial city marked since the beginning of the 20C by the automobile construction with successively the brands Grégoire, Matford, Ford France, Simca, Chrysler, Taller and PSA Peugeot Citroën as of today.

And let me tell you a bit on the space where the market is, full of activity the heart of Poissy, the Place de la République!

The cattle market was for a long time the economic heart of Poissy. This space is today the city center with the City/Town Hall, Place de la République and its shops. Reduced by the construction of the City/Town Hall and the building hosting in particular the cinema, now a theatre; the Place de la République presents the identity and origins of the city transposed onto the bronze reliefs carved in half-hollow. Inspired by the history of Poissy, these pools and the gardens form a pleasant landscape. Place de la République, linked to the renovation of the city center, is part of a complex comprising an underground car park, an apartment and office building with commercial facades, green spaces and amenities intended to create conviviality such as the market, the fountain without forgetting the theater, the municipal conservatory and the cinematographic complex.

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And the covered market and flea market at Pl de la République! Poissy!!

The Poissy covered market or halle follows on from other earlier halles on the cattle market square. Today, it serves as a covered market three times a week. An unmissable event for gourmets!  From the 18C to the 20C, three halles succeed one another at this location. The market was then intended to protect the calves from bad weather and heat. The current halle was built between 1825 and 1832 . Its enlargement in 1852 by the city , using metal frameworks, precedes the construction of the halles of Paris by Victor Baltard.

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The cattle market was abolished in 1867. However, the calf market continued under the hall until 1884. The covered market hall was later used for various events such as concerts, exhibitions, etc. After a complete restoration in 1999, the halle now hosts the covered market three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning.

You are invited to take advantage of the Poissy market on Place de la République. The opportunity to fill your baskets with good, fresh and quality products: Fruits and vegetables, cold meats, cheeses, flowers, sweets, cakes … A convivial moment without a doubt! Meet, share, colors, scents … Beautiful surprises await you!

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Market hours: Tuesday and Friday: 8h30 to 12h30 Sunday: 8h30 to 13h. There is an outdoor market right there with extended hours and other goodies non food items such as a flea market. Very lively place especially on Sunday mornings.

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The city of Poissy on the covered and flea market in French: Tourist office of Poissy on the markets

Hope you have enjoy the brief foodie historical architecture tour of my nostalgic Poissy, where not only visited but also many business meetings in the city over the years. Good souvenirs indeed. Enjoy the markets of Poissy

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

March 11, 2020

A resto and a cider, Morbihan!

Ok so I am trying harder to be creative on names. It is not easy folks, help!!! Well I decided to come back to two reliable places haven’t written in about 2 years in my blog.These are routine trips here several times but they are so good need to again tell you all, just in case happened to take the off the beaten paths of my beautiful Bretagne/Breizh or Brittany.

I am in the department 56 Morbihan, just in case you are new to my blog; it is the only administrative department in France that the name is not French at all. It is Breton old islands across the pond and change over time a bit. It’s Petite Mer in French or Small Sea. In Breton, Mor=sea and bihan=small , get it. Just like Brittany in Breton language is Breizh;ok we like it this way.

Now let me tell you briefly about my two subject of the post, a nice restaurant in my town of Pluvigner and a nice cider maker nearby in Sulniac. My town in Breton is Pleuwigner; a combination that means pleu or plu or parish and wigner or guigner for St Guigner who founded the town coming from Ireland and the main church is name after him.

This is the La Barcarella, brasserie, pizzeria and créperie all into one right by the Church St Guigner. All decorated with pirates and corsairs portraits trinkets and memorabilia that the owner has collected over time and purchase in flea markets! You have a dining room with the bar area and kitchen and then to the right as you entered another dining room. We had different dishes each time and all good.  The prices are countryhome great value price/quality ratio. So if you ever in town ,need to try it for the good food, prices and friendly chat; come on in..

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The latest we had  Pizzas la bosco chorizo and ham, la surcouf chorizo and goat cheese, Galettes of goat cheese and honey and chorizo cheese, pichet rose wine of 100 cl (more than a bottle 75cl), 2 banana splits and 2 cafe gourmand all for less than 16€ per person. Great again!! And another great chat with the staff and owner who also does work in the Mairie or city hall office. Mind you they have great reviews on popular travel forums.

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They are at La Barcarella, 4 pl du Marche, tle +33 (0) 2 97 59 00 97.  They have a Facebook page here: Facebook page of La Barcarella in Pluvigner

Then, we came back to stock up on one of the favorite drinks in the area, the cider. Second to none, the pure real thing done by farmers co-op and individual family businesses here.

We went again to our favorite family country cider distillery as the Distillerie du Gorvello just passing the Castle of Plessis Josso (see post apart)  off the road to your right and then left into the property.  From the free expressway N165 take exit 22 Le Gorvello/Surzur at traffic circle follow direction Le Gorvello and follow the arrows to the Distillery. A wonderful place making cider, apple juice, liquors from apples such as pommeau de Bretagne, Fine de Bretagne, vinager of cider, etc as well as cold meats canned goods (pork and fish base terrines). It has won many medals in the region at the village of Le Gorvello , town of Sulniac , the Gorvello distillery is a small family farm specializing in the cultivation of Apple Cider.

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We went for our dose and pick up a case of coco d’issé IGP cider ,then apple juice, limonade le Lutine, and terrine Henriette pure pork Breton, Rillettes de St Jacques, and local honey. Nice basket all natural the country way in my lovely Morbihan. Recommended if stopping by or see somewhere!

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Distellerie du Gorvello, Route de Pébéyec, Le Gorvello, Sulniac with webpage: Distillerie du Gorvello ciders in Sulniac

Hope you enjoy the short gastronomic tour of my Morbihan. It is glorious here , shhh its a secret ok. Just say Hi if passing by ok.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

March 4, 2020

Restaurant: Barcelona! Part II

So back to another culinary round in my Europe! in the continuing effort to show you some of my most memorable moments of my culinary expeditions with the family. As often, the case, I come to discover these gems usually on business trips and then if worth it brought alone the family in subsequent trips, and even sometimes do the opposite. The culinary, wine lover in me is well at home in Europe!

One city that is rank right up there with the best is Barcelona, Spain. A blend of Catalan, Mediterranean and other Spanish dishes all in one city , sounds good , let me tell you a bit more ok. You can search back on previous posts and the first one on Barcelona in my blog.

While there , did not wanted to eat at a hotel restaurant thus, so we had a discussion with the concierge, and finally decided to go to the La Fonda del Port (as in port olympic) . Which of course is at the harbor of Barcelona, and plenty of seafood and tapas. We had a great time there.

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The restaurant itself is traditional, well-run and quite charming.   As you would expect from its location, a large amount of the restaurant’s menu is seafood, however, there are also meat, pasta and other traditionally Catalan options. La Fonda is a large restaurant with seats within the restaurant itself and also within a covered outdoor area, where heaters and wooden flooring give the feeling of being indoors. The restaurant’s style is classic with a slightly nautical feel. The service at La Fonda is efficient and friendly. The venue is popular and was bustling with people from midday onwards.

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La Fonda del Port is located next to the beach front. It is necessary to walk towards Barceloneta’s promenade . To your right you will see a large Casino. To your left you will see steps leading down to the tourist outdoor complex area – Moll de Gregal. Head down these steps, the restaurant is directly in front of you. La Fonda del Port at  Moll de Gregal, 7 – 10. Metro: Ciutadella Villa Olimpic on the Yellow Line, L4. 

The resto La Fonda del Port webpage is here: La Fonda del Port

Next day we set out into town again, this time we walk past Gran Via de Carles III then the Rambla Brasil and turning into Carrer Sants we end up in a nice Basque restaurant call Txalaparta. Founded in 2002 by an experience basque chef of many other restaurants work there.  This is like been back in basque country with great Basque cider and Navarra wine of Monjardin red with a wonderful tuna steak with red peppers and a nice crema catalana dessert.  The resto name is a Basque music instrument that after making cider, the same board was used to pressed the apples later was to call the neighbors. Then, a celebration was held and txalaparta played cheerfully, while cider was drunk. This place had no music but it was definitely nice and loud, good food and plenty of good cheers.

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Inspired by the authentic taverns and cider houses of the north, Txalaparta is a cozy restaurant whose chef, César Uruñuela, works with the best raw material – brought directly from Euskadi  to offer excellent traditional Basque cuisine. The restaurant has a long bar of skewers and tapas, as well as an ideal dining room for all kinds of celebrations.

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The place is characterized by its familiar and cozy treatment so particular to the Basque culture, as well as a very careful space with the best typical decoration of Euskadi, which linked to a genuine traditional cuisine focused on taking care of the quality of the product, will manage to move you to the Basque lands during the period of time your meal lasts. Do not forget that you can opt for one of its varied menus, with which you can delight in house specialties. In this Basque cider house they have a good ten meters of bar that on Friday and Saturday nights are filled to the fullest. It is located at Carrer de Sants, 146 next to Pl. Sants. Metro: Pl. de Sants on lines L1 and L5.

The resto Txalaparta webpage is here: Restaurante Txalaparta

There you go , a nice one two punch for a weekend in Barcelona. There are many more and even more popular and surely maybe good ones, I have tried others too. However, these two are memorable that we will look after them to be back with the family or friends. Enjoy the restaurants of Barcelona!

And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!

 

March 3, 2020

A bit more on the Loire wines!

And to continue my trend on my other passion, wines , need to show you a bit more on my newest adopted region, the Loire. You can catch up searching my blog on my previous wine posts and personal prowess on the world of wines.

For now , let me tell you a bit on some of the Loire wines I have enjoyed lately. Even if still will give you an overall picture on the Loire wines, more in my blog on the wine region.

The Loire Valley vineyard extends over almost 1000 kilometers, it follows the Loire from its source to its estuary: from the Massif Central to Nantes! Loire wine is produced in the departments of Loire-Atlantique (44), Vendée (85), Maine-et-Loire (49), Deux-Sèvres (79), Vienne (86), Sarthe (72), Indre (36), Indre-et-Loire (37), Loir-et-Cher (41), Loiret (45), Cher (18), Nièvre (58), Allier (03), Puy-de-Dôme (63) and Loire (42). The wine route extends for 800km from Nantes in the west to Saint-Pourçain in the south via Orléans, Sancerre, Tours; etc.

The official wine webpage for the Loire is in English here: Official Wines of the Loire Valley

The Château de la Noë is an exceptional collection of rustic Italian architecture. L’Orangerie is the witness of this era built according to the Tuscan model with brick frames. Its construction was undertaken between 1835 and 1837. The orangeries are located facing south. In winter, when the sun is low, it brings direct light and warmth to the room. The 60 ha vineyard extends over the town of Vallet in Loire Atlantique dept 44. It is an exceptional terroir, composed of crystalline rocks, which gives pride of place to the local grape variety. This is an exceptional find in Muscadet Sévre et Maine sur Lie 2016 white wine , great with the local seafood and fish or as an apéritif! The Melon de Bourgogne and the  richness of soils draws wines of the Muscadet Sévre et Maine designation with freshness, minerality and finesse. The cost is 7 euros in France. More in French on the Property here: Official Chateau la Noe webpage

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Down over St Nicolas de Bourgueil one of the better find areas here we met first in Vannes wine fair and then on site the funny couple owners Claudine and Christel  of the EARL Cousseau Boireau 2017 , these are wonderful red wines. They open their doors all year round for visits of their vines, winery and cellar. Learn how they work the vines and make their full-bodied red wine using traditional techniques, hand-harvesting the grapes then maturing and storing in oak casks.  The cost is about 6 euros in France. More here in French: St Nicolas de Bourgueuil on wines of Rodaie in English

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Since 1885 and six generations, the BOUGRIER family has been working to recognize the wines of the Loire Valley and is recognized today as one of the last family houses covering the whole of the Loire Valley, from Nantes to in Sancerre. The Cost is about 7 euros in France. The main area they cover is the appellation Touraine-Amboise a wonderful spot for light fruity inexpensive wines to drink every day we go for it always. The Cuvée Leonard De Vinci 2012 as well as the new bottle design for 2018 is a perfect example of price/quality ratio.  More info on the family Bougrier in French: Official Family Bougrier touraine amboise

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Touraine Amboise

In 1395, Philippe le Hardy decided to improve the quality of the wines and prohibited the cultivation of Gamay in favor of Pinot Noir in his land. It is the first food decree in the world, precursor of controlled designations of origin (AOC).   Bourgueil is town located in the department of Indre-et-Loire no 37 in the Centre Val de Loire region. Bourgueil is at the heart of the Touraine vineyard, on the slopes of the Loire Valley, producing famous red wines which were celebrated by Ronsard, by Rabelais and by Honoré de Balzac. The wines are vinified from the Cabernet Franc grape variety (locally called Breton). Cabernet-Sauvignon can also intervene within the limit of 10%. The Philippe de Valois 2018  is a very hardy red wine as compare to the region and goes well with red meats. Great price/quality ratio with a cost about 8 euros in France. webpage on the cellar coop is here in French: Cellars of Bourgueuil on the wines of Philippe de Valois

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In 1460, the territory of present-day France was divided into 3: François II, Duke of Brittany, Charles Le Téméraire, Duke of Burgundy and Louis XI, King of France. Charles and François join forces against Louis XI. Charles offers François le Berligou, a Burgundy grape variety. It will be planted on 4 to 5 ha in Couéron north-west of Nantes and, curiously, in Batz sur Mer near Guérande. Anne of Brittany, the daughter of François II, married Charles VIII then with Louis XII and became queen of France twice!. She demanded that her Berligou be served in Orleans, Blois and Langeais. Louis XIV will make it known at Versailles.

Berligou is a rare grape variety whose original name is Berkovsko Tcherno; it is a black Russian grape variety with medium to large, conical clusters, medium berries, ellipsoids, dark blue. It would be a variation of Pinot noir. In Loire Atlantique, it is called the Berligou.

In 2011, the Poiron-Dabin estate planted 1.5 ha of Berligou. The first bunches are harvested in 2014 It is aged 6 months in a glass tank and then for 12 months in Breton oak barrels from the forests of Brocéliande and Gâvre (as François II probably would have ordered) made at a cooper in Douarnenez   (29). The Poiron-Dabin estate is located in Château-Thébaud in the heart of the Muscadet appellation of Sèvre et Maine.  . This is a property I visited several times and even stayed overnight in the vineyards; the Berligou is a find, great red full body and one grape/wine to find and try by all. Very good quality/price ratio indeed. The cost is about 12 euros in France. Webpage: Official Poiron Dabin on the Berligou red

Chateau Thebaud

And there you some latest years find I just needed to tell you in addition to my historical  posts on the Loire wine region in my blog. Hope you enjoy it and do come and drink , with moderation of course, but drink wine is good for you , the traditions, and the economy. Enjoy the Loire wines as we do

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

March 3, 2020

Médoc, anyone! Bordeaux for all!!

And as I am on a wine mode, let me continue…are you reading me? ok for those daring enough to enjoy a good glass of wine in a world each time more limited ,this one is for you. En Vino Veritas!!!

And why not go to my fav wine making area in our world, the one all tries to copy but never succeeds; the Médoc of the Bordeaux area, of the Gironde dept 31, region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine of my belle France!

I drank many wines, in my later years I have been concentrating in the Médoc, but believe me have taste them all even from countries not known for wine making like Cuba lol! Let me introduce you to some of my personal finds at modest prices.

I do not need to tell more on this one as have written on the property back on Feb 8 2020 in my blog but is one of our favorite over the years , the Château d’Arcins now own by the Castel Group of wineries. Briefly on the property, the Château d’Arcins has one of the first Haut-Médoc vineyards developed in 1300 by the Commanderie des Templiers. The 2013 vintage shown won the Gold Medal in 2015 at the Concours de Bordeaux!  You will find a large half of Cabernet Sauvignon in this cuvée, with a small half of Merlot. Thus was born an elegant, spicy, tannic vintage, with character and aging potential ranging from 5 to 12 years. The cost is about 10 euros in France.Nice. Webpage: Castel group on Chateau d’Arcins

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The Château Haut Breton Larigaudière, acquired by the De Schepper family in 1964, it now offers a 15 hectare vineyard on the best terroirs of the Margaux appellation, a lovely Médoc estate surrounded by a park, is located in the town of Soussans , one of the five towns entitled to the Margaux AOC. At the start of the 20C, this château was already classified as a bourgeois cru. After a typical Médoc vinification, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 15 to 18 months. This château produces a fruity, round and elegant wine. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc The 2011 is supple and gourmand, very sweet. a powerful mouth, full of sap, full and fresh. To drink within 8 to 15 years. The cost is about 11 euros in France, which is also good value for money. Webpage: De Mour group on Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudiere

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The Château Lalande Borie is one of the oldest name properties in my family having drink it since my Fl USA days.  The 2014 is a nice dense wine with a nice attack, very nice mid-palate, very Saint-Julien, very little shrinkage before the very interesting finish. 50% cabernet-sauvignon, 45% merlot, 5% cabernet-franc. all the qualities of the appellation: finesse and power, elegance and aromatic richness. These are of course wines to keep for more than 10 years in the cellar. It is located on the terroir of Lalande was created ex-nihilo in 1970 by Jean-Eugène Borie. It is now his son Bruno, also in charge of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, who directs it. The wines are exquisite, relatively easy to access and gourmet. Real typical Saint-Julien. The cost is about 24 euros in France. Webpage: Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou as own Lalande Borie

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The Château Patache d’Aux 2009 in the town of Bégadan ,Médoc. In 2016, the cru bourgeois was bought by Antoine Moueix. Developing raspberry scents, this wine ages admirably. Traditional vinification gives Château Patache d’Aux (horse carrying wagons) wine its own identity and characteristics: a deep ruby color, powerful but perfectly mellow tannins, typical of long-aging wines. A superb wine, concentrated, long, distinguished, superb oak, great success. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc The cost is about 10 euros in France. Webpage: Domaines of Antoine Moueix on Chateau Patache d’Aux

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The Château Siran 2013 .The robe is garnet and the wine is supple, slightly woody, charming, fruit juice. Thus see the birth of a powerful and fine Margaux, tannic and fruity, marked therefore by the Petit Verdot and its spicy presence. Cut for aging, this wine will gain in complexity over time. It is located in the plateau of graves in Labarde, the southernmost town of the appellation. It belongs to the Miailhe family, embodied by Edouard Miailhe since 2007, and benefits from the advice of Hubert de Boüard de Laforêt. The 38 hectares of vineyard used are planted with 46% Merlot, 41% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and the rest in Cabernet Franc. Owned by the Miailhe family, wine broker, since 1859, the Château Siran previously belonged to the grandparents of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec. The cost is about 26 euros in France. Webpage: Official Chateau Siran

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The Château Tayet 2011. From the same owners as Château Haut Breton Larigaudière (see above) Margaux, this cru is located in Macau, a few kilometers upstream. Fine, complex on the nose, this 2011 mixes a light vanilla and toasted oak with notes of stewed berries. Combining sweetness and liveliness, the palate shows great aromatic freshness and melted tannins. This typical wine, already pleasant, will be fully bloomed in three or four years. The Cuvée Prestige has 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot .Gold medal by the Independant winegrowers of France! The cost is about 10 euros in France. Webpage: De Mour group on the Chateau Tayet

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The Château La Tour de Mons is another of my old wines started on in my FL USA life, long in our house and always reliable. The 2015 displays a dense color with purple hues. This Margaux has a full and rich nose, mainly dominated by small black berries. On the palate, the attack is enveloping, round and very tasty. A very beautiful rich and deep Margaux. A serious and successful wine. Pretty well defined nose. The wine is elegant, of good length, charming. It will evolve well as usual. Blend of 59 % Merlot, 35 % Cabernet Sauvignon ,and 6 % Petit Verdot. The cost is about 26 euros in France. Webpage: Official Chateau La Tour de Mons

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I must mentioned all the above wines have been visited on site sometimes several times over the years. I do like to drink wines that I have visited no matter where, sometimes before or after the visit. Hope you enjoy these one, true and tasted I know some of them if not all can be found abroad. Check them out, it will be worth it. Enjoy the Médoc of France

And remember happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

March 2, 2020

The wines of a certain Mouton!

Ok let me get back to one of most vivid passions, and that is wines. If you have read my wines you know my story, if not, you should search wines in my blog to spare the repetition.  However, wines is in me since that day way back that my maternal grandmother allow me to taste it at the age of 8!  We had a long family tradition and wine was sacred. For the anecdote, that was a Marques de Riscal Rioja Spanish red wine!

It has been many years since, and my tastes have turn French for the most part. And of course, the specific area of the Médoc commonly call Bordeaux, and for me more specific again Pauillac, the essence of winemaking. And I am very close to an emblematic property that I am on the wine list and direct purchaser and visited many times the properties. I like to tell you a bit on the history of Mouton Rothschild!

Château Mouton Rothschild is a renowned wine estate in the Médoc, located in the town of Pauillac. It produces one of the most prestigious Bordeaux wines, in the Pauillac appellation. Château Mouton Rothschild is a First Grand Cru according to the official classification of Bordeaux wines. Owned by the English branch of the Rothschild family since 1853.

A bit of history I like

In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild bought the Château Brane Mouton at Pauillac at auction, and renamed it Château Mouton Rothschild, which was classified in 1855 as the second grand cru. After the death of Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1870, the Château remained in the family, without much development until 1922 when Baron Philippe de Rothschild (great-grandson of Baron Nathaniel) took control of the estate. He was fully involved in it in 1923, and was the architect of the Château’s resurrection. In 1924, he imposed bottling at the château, which had previously been delivered to the merchants in barrels ;a first in Bordeaux.

The decree of April 7, 1942 of the French State decides on the expropriation of the domain “for reasons of public utility” so that the properties escape the Nazis lusts. Provisional administrators turned it into agricultural schools until the Rothschild barons repossessed it in late 1945.

In 1973, under the seven-year term of President Georges Pompidou who had worked at the Rothschild bank from 1954 to 1958, the only revision ever carried out of the classification of 1855 consecrated Mouton Rothschild to the rank of first grand cru. On this occasion the motto became: “First I am, second I was, Mouton does not change”.

In 1988, after the disappearance of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, it was her daughter, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild who inherited this treasure that she set out to enlarge and modernize. Since 2014, the three children of Philippine de Rothschild, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild4 and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild are co-owners of the Château. Camille Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild work closely with Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Château Mouton Rothschild covers 91 hectares of vines, at the heart of the Pauillac appellation of origin. The grape varieties are typical of the Médoc: Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), Cabernet Franc (3%), Merlot (18%) and Petit Verdot (1%). Mouton Rothschild practices unusual vinification by leaving the wine in tanks after the end of fermentation, giving extra body, requiring a longer maturation in bottle to reach full maturity.

In 1924, on the occasion of the first bottling at the Château Mouton Rothschild, a specific label was produced by the poster designer Jean Carlu. It is also a work of the artist who decorates since 1994 the label of the Mouton Cadet brand. In 1945, Baron Philippe de Rothschild decided to celebrate victory by illustrating the label of Mouton Rothschild with the V for victory. This one is designed by Philippe Jullian. Since then, each year the label of the vintage is illustrated by a contemporary artist. The most important in my opinion are: 1973: the label honors the memory of Picasso who died on April 8 of that same year. 1977: vintage dedicated to the visit of the Queen Mother of England. 1987: vintage dedicated by Philippine de Rothschild to her father Baron Philippe, who died on January 20, 1988. 1993: scandal around the work of Balthus, who represents a naked adolescent girl. A limited series, without the drawing, is published for the United States! . 2000: no label for the millennium bottle, it is screen printed. The motif represents the iconic ram of the symbol of the house. And 2003: celebrates the 150 anniversary of the acquisition of Château Mouton Rothschild. The label represents a photo of Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, on the background of the act of purchase.

The Rothschild family, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, is a member of the Primum Familiæ Vini (Latin). Premier Familles du Vin (PFV) (French) is an association of prestigious winegrowers, owners of cellars and historic estates. Its members around the world are limited to twelve families or wineries. In 2018, the association has twelve members (6 French, 2 Italian, 2 Spanish, one German and one Portuguese). Official webpage in English: http://www.pfv.org/en/

A bit on the personal history of the founder Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild genie.

Born in Paris; Georges Philippe de Rothschild is the youngest of the sons of Henri James de Rothschild who is a famous playwright under the pseudonyms of André Pascal and Mathilde Sophie Henriette von Weissweiller. When the Great War or WWI broke out, Philippe, then aged 12, was sent for safety reasons to the family vineyard of Pauillac in the Médoc. There, he developed his love of the countryside and the vineyard, the latter being part of family activities since 1853 but for which neither his father nor his grandfather showed any interest.

In 1928, he participated for the first time in the real race linking Paris to Nice, the Critérium Paris-Nice, after which he bought a new Bugatti and participated in the first Grand Prix Bugatti du Mans, where he finished second behind André Dubonnet. In 1929, he participated in many competitions including the first Monaco Grand Prix in which he finished fourth behind the winner, William Grover-Williams. Three weeks later, he obtained his first victory at the Grand Prix de Bourgogne in Dijon. He is still second in the German Grand Prix behind his factory teammate, Louis Chiron. It is for the sake of discretion that Philippe thus ends his racing career, only participating one last time in 1930 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A real dude!

He also devoted himself to the production in 1932 of the first French speaking film of French cinema having obtained international recognition, Lac aux dames (adapted from a short story by Vicki Baum and directed by Marc Allégret, script by Colette and whose stars are Jean -Pierre Aumont and Simone Simon). He hired his mistress the actress Illa Meery there. In 1935, he married Élisabeth Pelletier de Chambure. They have two children: Philippine Mathilde Camille and Charles Henri (died stillborn in 1937). He later divorced his wife Elisabeth but remain in good relations.

In 1932, he noticed that the grape did not meet the quality standards he had set for himself and decided not to market it under the name of the château. This draconian selection of local ingredients led him to market in 1932 what was rejected quality wise in the Médoc , under the name “Mouton Cadet”. The product is so successful that it has to buy grapes throughout the vineyards of the Bordeaux region in order to meet demand. In 1933 Philippe increased the Mouton Rothschild estate by acquiring the Château d’Armailhacq estate. Towards the end of the 1930s, the Mouton Rothschilds were considered among the best wines in the world. However, the Mouton vineyard is still classified in the “second crus” by the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855, probably due to the disinterest of the previous owner, the banker Isaac Thuret.

Although having been called to serve in the French Air Force, the rapid defeat of France led to the arrest of Philippe in Algeria by the Vichy government and the seizure of his vineyard. His French citizenship was revoked on September 6, 1940 because of what the New York Times described as “having left France without official permission or valid reason”. Released April 20, 1941; Philippe de Rothschild joined England and joined the Free French Forces of General de Gaulle, where he received the Croix de Guerre (War Cross). Elisabeth de Rothschild, Philippe’s ex-wife never thought she could be worried, being from an old French family. Upon his return to France after the Liberation, Philippe de Rothschild learns that if his daughter is well and unharmed, however, the Gestapo deported his ex-wife in 1941 to Ravensbrück where she had been assassinated on March 23, 1945. Devastated by the news, Rothschild must also be concerned with his vineyard. The fleeing Nazi army has caused serious damage to Chateau Mouton Rothschild and the property is in need of major repairs. Together with dedicated employees, he put all his energy into restoring the vineyard and in the early 1950s he was again able to produce excellent wines.

In 1952, Rothschild and Bonheur wrote the screenplay for the film La Demoiselle et son revenant. Philippe de Rothschild was an accomplished poet, and in 1952 his poem Vendange inspired Darius Milhaud with a ballet in three acts for the Paris Opera Garnier. He also translates poems and plays by Christopher Fry.

In 1954, Rothschild married his mistress, Pauline Fairfax Potter an American, born in Paris, who was a fashion designer at Hattie Carnegie. After their marriage, she used her talents as an aesthete to restore the old warehouse of the property and make it a superb home, which made her famous in the world of fashion and interior design. In 1962, in Mouton, the Rothschilds created a “Museum of Wine in Art” (wonderful right on the property of Mouton Rothschild!) where a priceless collection of works of art covering three millennia of wine history was exhibited, including works by Pablo Picasso and rare glassware . In 1970, Rothschild bought Château Clerc Milon, a fifth vintage located next to his property. The succession is ensured by his daughter, Philippine de Rothschild, who in turn becomes, until her death in 2014, an emblematic figure of the Bordeaux vineyard

In 1973, Jacques Chirac, then Minister of Agriculture signed the decree granting Château Mouton Rothschild classification as Premier Grand Cru! Worth it great human effort by a great family of wines and France.

The Baron domaine webpage with its properties all over the world is here in English: Baron Philippe de Rothschild estates

The Mouton Rothschile webpage on its wines in English: Official Chateau Mouton Rothschild

And for ordering as I do when not visiting La Baronnie is the online boutique of the Domaine, webpage in French here: La Baronnie boutique wines of Mouton Rothschild domaines

A bit info on the house wines of the Mouton Rothschild domaine as not all are expensive, there is a huge gamme of products and for everyday drinking we go down the ladder. Here are some explanation on them.

La Bélière is the flagship of their Bordeaux appellation wines. Its ambition is to be the best wine in its category for each vintage. Developed with the same care of requirement as we do for our famous names, it meets to their criteria of perfection and to a single watchword: “Only be satisfied with the best …”

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This Collection, created by Baron Philippe de Rothschild for the Friends of La Baronnie (like me), offers a complete introduction to the biggest Bordeaux appellations: in red (Pauillac, Médoc, Saint-Émilion, Graves Rouge…) in dry white (Graves Blanc), in sweet white (Sauternes) and rosé. Race and elegant, Mise de la Baronnie is a virtuoso blend of the 3 grape varieties that traditionally make up the largest Châteaux. Merlot (83%) brings its flexibility, roundness and elegance. Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) gives it its richness, its velvety character and its flavors of blackcurrant. Cabernet Franc (7%) gives it structure and a distinguished character.

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Each grape variety used in the assembly of the Agneau Rouge (red lamb; one of the heraldic symbols of the family) comes from a particular terroir. Merlots (50%) planted on clay-limestone soils give a nice concentration of fruit and roundness to the wine, Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Cabernet Franc (10%), planted on sandy-gravel soil. fine with very soft tannins. The color is intense purple with light vermilion reflections. The first nose reveals a nice cocktail of ripe red fruit like strawberry, cherry and black fruit like blueberry, blackcurrant. With airing, the nose thickens with ever more richness in fruit and a caressing spicy touch. The attack on the palate is frank and balanced and recalls the fruits expressing on the nose. The tannins take place and densify with delicacy until creating a perfect balance in the wine. My favorite of the line.

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And there you go a beautiful property deep in history and traditions, one of the symbols of my belle France; the Mouton Rothschild. Hope you enjoy the post and try the wines, En Vino Veritas!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

February 28, 2020

A bit more on the wines of Spain!

Ok so is not all French wines with me. I grew up drinking Spanish wines, believe I told you already my grandmother gave me a zip of a Marqués de Riscal red Rioja when I was 8 yrs old! And the tradition took off never to look back. Wine is a way of life, tradition, but good foodie complement and I follow it to the letter with diplomas from France and Spain on its wines.

I have written a bit on Spanish wines before , mainly on region overall history and making of the wine. I have done the same for France. However, done a brief introduction to the wines of Castilla La Mancha but not the others for lack of photos. This has change found them and will tell you a bit more on the wines of Spain.  Disclaimer, the prices are only a guide,they may differ in your area or at time of purchase.

Believe me I had this one for the first time in La Coruña, Galicia and been after it ever since on my visits there. This was one of first bottles. The Juan Gil Jumilla Castilla La Mancha 2014 . Nice density and velvety texture. It is clearly distinguished by its nose, a real explosion of fruit, and by its delicacy on the palate. It is a sweeter wine, with perfectly balanced tannins. a varied wine from the Monastrell variety, the variety that reigns in Jumilla. The grapes come from a single estate of old vines over forty years old planted on limestone and stone soils, at an altitude of about 800 meters above sea level. The cost is around 10 euros. Webpage: Official Bodegas Juan Gil

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Marqués De Griñon Red 2010 Dominio de Valdepusa, Castilla La Mancha. The grapes with which the wines are produced come from the own vineyard planted 20 years ago. After fermenting in stainless steel tanks, it is aged in a heated container in French oak barrels for 18/24 months. Ruby red color of high layer, intense aroma of red forest fruit and spices, structured and powerful in the mouth. To consume today, but it will certainly improve over the next ten years. Cabernet Sauvignon (90%). Merlot (10%). The cost is about 20 euros. webpage: Official Pagos de familia wines of Marqués de Griñon

Toledo

Bodega Garcia Carrion Pata Negra Valdepeñas Gran Reserva 2006 ;Castilla La Mancha. This Pata Negra Gran Reserva is a deep red wine, the tile tones appear very slightly, in the nose the aging aromas are complemented with the aromas of the variety, which are no longer fruity but have evolved to more complex spices and dairy. It is a structured, very pleasant, enveloping wine with a long aftertaste. A wine whose destiny is a five-year-old guard perfectly accompanies red and roasted meats. Theh cost is about 20 euros. webpage: Bodega Garcia Carrion on Pata Negra Valdepeñas

Valdepenas

Bodegas Félix Solis Altos de Tamaron Reserva 2006 Ribera del Duero. Cherry red color with medium layer ocher trim. Very clean and bright. Complex and elegant aroma, with marked mineral notes and other very suggestive aromas. In the mouth it is powerful, broad and with great harmony. Red meat, bush hunting, cured cheeses and lamb stews. The cost is about 12.50 euros. webpage: Bodega Felix Solis Avantis on Altos de Tamaron

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Bodega Lan Crianza 2016. Rioja. Red Crianza wine made mainly with Tempranillo grapes and complemented with Mazuelo. A classic wine from the strains of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, balanced and with a combination of fruity varietals and unmistakable spicy aromas. A wine with character and elegance. The cost is about 9 euros. Webpage: Bodegas Lan wines

Fuenmayor

Bodega Ramon Bilbao Crianza 2016. Rioja. The wine is a renewed classic which bases a large part of its regularity on an exhaustive monitoring of the whole process of maturation of the grape. It is a mono-varietal wine made from Tempranillo grapes, a typical variety from La Rioja, which comes from several plots. It is only when bottled that they combine to become one of the most balanced and versatile reds in Rioja, a harmonious wine that conquers any good meal and that can be enjoyed from its youth. Once decanted, it wears a brilliant garnet color with a medium layer and an intense nose of wild black fruit, licorice and warm spicy notes of nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon. On the palate, it is tasty and balanced, with good acidity and a perfect integration of tannins. Roasted tones appear behind the first sip. The cost is about 9 euros.Webpage: Bodegas Ramon Bilbao wines

Haro

The Bodega Ramon Bilbao limited edition or edicion limitada 2014.  Rioja. 100% Tempranillo, with soul and fruitiness. Ruby red wine with notes of black grapes, ripe and aged in noble barrels. The palate is long, with weight and presence of the terroir. House with veal, smoked and soft cheeses. The cost is about 15 euros. webpage: Bodegas Ramon Bilbao on limited edition wine

Haro

Bodegas CVNE Viña Real 2012. Rioja. Wine made from grapes from the Rioja Alavesa area harvested by hand and processed in Viña Real. Once the malolactic fermentation has been done the wine goes mainly to age in American oak barrels where it remains 13 – 14 months. During this time, the wine acquires the aromatic balance which characterizes the wine as well as its finesse and great expression. This wine shows shades of medium to deep shiny cherry colour on a purple background. To the nose, intense aromas of ripe fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants) stand out, complemented with subtle hints of oak. To the palate, it shows structured and round with a good integration of fruitiness and oakiness. The aftertaste is marked by very well balanced tannins as well as by persistent spicy, toasty and balsamic aromas. A long stay in bottle is the finishing touch to this Rioja Alavesa wine’s character. The cost is about 9 euros. Webpage: Bodegas CVNE on its wines

Laguardia

Some webpages to compliment those above and provide you with more info for your plan to visit and they are a must, wines is it.

Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha on its wines in English: Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha on wines

The wines of Ribera del DueroRibera del Duero wines

The DOC official wines of La RiojaOfficial Wines of Rioja DOC

There you go ,now you all set to enjoy the wines of Spain ,whether those above , recommended or your own finds, wine is good, enjoy it.

Oh yes Spanish nostalgia.  You get the idea , and I won’t translate;;;!!! En vino veritas!

La comida es la parte material de la alimentación, pero el vino es la parte espiritual de nuestro alimento.» Alejandro Dumas

“Un buen vino es como una buena película: dura un instante y te deja en la boca un sabor a gloria; es nuevo en cada sorbo y, como ocurre con las películas, nace y renace en cada sabor.” Federico Fellini

El vino hace la vida más fácil y llevadera, con menos tensiones y más tolerancia.» Benjamin Franklin

Dios no hizo más que el agua, pero el hombre hizo el vino.» Victor Hugo

«El vino es la cosa más civilizada del mundo.» Ernest Hemingway

El vino da brillantez a las campiñas, exalta los corazones, enciende las pupilas y enseña a los pies la danza.” José Ortega y Gasset

El vino, mientras más se envejece, más calor tiene: al contrario de nuestra naturaleza, que mientras más vive, más se va enfriando.» Lope de Vega

«Se templado en el beber, considerando que el vino demasiado ni guarda secreto ni cumple palabra.» Cervantes

«Me gustaría ser todo de vino y beberme yo mismo.» Federico García Lorca

«Para conservar la salud y cobrarla si se pierde, conviene alargar en todo y en todas maneras el uso del beber vino, por ser, con moderación, el mejor vehículo del alimento y la más eficaz medicina.» Francisco de Quevedo

«Un gran vino requiere un loco para hacerlo crecer, un hombre sabio para velar por él, un poeta lúcido para elaborarlo, y un amante que lo entienda.» Salvador Dalí

Remember, always with moderation but keep the tradition going after all these folks above could not be wrong. Enjoy the wines of Spain

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

 

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