Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Fill your cup of emotions!

The meaning of life through wine

"Fill your cup of emotions" 

Together around the tasting of three wines from Valencia brought the hand of an internationally recognized winery.

Combine the tasting with a dynamic-oriented group to discover a world of:

  • Feelings
  • Perceptions
  • Emotions
  • Social relations

And end up with a local typical snack

Capacity limited to 50 people. Price 20 eur. x person

Place and Date

Saturday, November 20 · 11:30 to 14:00

In a quiet and privilege to

Antigua Casa de Postas S. XVII

Venta de l'Home

Ventamina - Siete Aguas

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Winery Señorío de Monterruíz

South of the province of Cuenca, Albacete limiting, in the heart of the Manchuela, we found a small store in the village of Casas de Santa Cruz  belonging to the municipality of Villanueva de la Jara, who produces wine as before.
The landscape of the area really shows that the cereal monoculture vine gives life to vast tracts in a typically plain of La Mancha, and through thousands of hectares are appearing the peoples living in these crops, and huge wine cooperatives, which in these days are hotbeds of tractors and trailers laden with grapes.

Paco and Feli are the owners of the Señorío de Monterruíz, people who live for cereal farming and the countryside and beautiful strains, some of rootstock, varieties indigenous to the area as Airen, MonastrellBobal and Cencibel.

A few years ago, along with rural guesthouse who manage, decided to step back to make wine, as their parents did from the early twentieth century. They started looking for the best parcels of vineyard, old vines plots almost 60 years and they sought the best, most healthy and ripe fruit at the optimum time.

Old plots were planted without regard to whether or not mixed varieties, which to make one of the different wines that today we can find, did not realize that the rules of culture DO Manchuela not allow plots producing wines of mixed varieties, and the truth is they had to label their Señorío de Monterruíz Cepas Viejas as table wine. But even if you want to compare with some wines labeled with apellation not find a wine of this nature.

Señorío de Monterruíz Cepas Viejas is a wine without aging that combines varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Bobal, Monastrell and Cencibel, but which followed the precise instructions that will make wine at the beginning of last century. The winery has a small facility where production is almost handcrafted wine.

Thinking ahead and adhering to the D.O. Manchuela Señorío de Monterruíz thought to develop one of the most difficult wines that entails for its variety, Bobal. So selecting the best Bobal old vines, with lots of foot free standing and some American, looking for the best 'terroir' with the most sunlight during the summer, and clay loam soils with a layer of pebbles is very characteristic of the area, decided to work this variety.

Was born in 2008 the Señorío de Monterruíz Joven Bobal, a wine cellar in which opted to expand output, combining the traditional clay pots and stainless steel tanks to produce a wine without aging but with a very characteristic freshness and color of Bobal and looking for fruit and a touch of acidity on the palate that makes it quite different from other wines of the same variety.

It is also made by artisans following the recipes of ancestors of the owners and under the control of the DO Manchuela and advised by a knowledgeable winemaker in the area of native varieties.


During the latter half of September and October this week, have harvested about 11,000 kg. Bobal grape is selected and transported to the cellar in boxes of about 15 kg. each to then fill the tanks of 3.000 lts. and proceed to controlled fermentation using a yeast own for the start of it. In this weekend, and after racking, permanent monitoring and testing, has launched the 'racking' and manually pressing the skins to let stand this magnificent development and wait until it is bottled and time to market from the end of year.
Sunday, October 3, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Harvest festival in Chozas Carrascal

On Saturday, the first of the month of October, in San Antonio de Requena, 70 km from Valencia, there was a nice event at the winery Chozas Carrascal. It was the 1st Harvest Festival winery made it with great success and brought together a group of friends around a glass of wine in the beautiful estate of the hosts, which provided a good picture to the event. 

López-Peidró family turned to the present, covering, and large doses of affection in explaining their project and the successes that each day, are getting into the wine world as competitive and yet so interesting and exciting. 

Arrival at the winery came with a warm welcome from both Maria José, mother and daughter, who accompanied us to the area where he was Xesco, agronomist for the cellar, and Julian Lopez, our host. There, under the shade of large pine trees with a wonderful view of the farm, was being warmly welcomed the attendees with a few glasses of cava that the winery produces, as well as a dose of culture through tasting different varieties of grapes. I have to make an observation, is that this fabulous cava limited production has gained much in the last acknowledged Peñín tasting, one of the best values occurring in Requena.

We continue our tour through the estate to return to the main building where guests were shown the fabulous facilities, I recommend my previous post about them to enjoy them like we did, later moving to an outdoor patio where we are still waiting some of the surprises of the morning. In this case we did a tasting of grape must. First and fermented grape must, now, a white Chardonnay grapes, wine, in the absence of stabilizing and filtering, will serve as the basis for this wonderful cava that had just taken for the welcome.

We also tasted a raw juice, unfermented still Syrah grape, sweet and yet very dense, which delighted the sweet tooth and that odd boy, as the case of my son, made him feel he had also thought about them, this nectar is one of the varieties within one of the 'coupages' of the winery, it becomes a scent and flavor that magnifies some of the winery's flagship wine.

And after visiting the pit, the exhibition area and shop, plus go through the always pleasant aromas of aging room, filled with barrels of the best coopers, and spent the fabulous Mediterranean garden where the surprise and warmth were to confirm what we expected, the ideal end to this event well done and perfect.

In fact it was enjoying a wonderful sunny day of autumn with a lot of wine lovers and friends, entertained by the pleasant sound of the band Comic delighted us with a relaxing tune and original songs also taste the finished other wines from the cellar, and commented on by Xesco around a table full of delicious dishes typical of Requena, invited to disconnect from the intense workables days past to focus all your senses at the moment.

The wine tasted Las Tres, a great white that grows with intensity over consumption, the eight red varieties  with great aromas and sensations in Las Ocho, and the expected the Cabernet F 2008, a wine that has been punctuated by Peñín with 94 points in his final list, very different from the previous vintage, with great minerality, more Atlantic, more seductive nose, with a palette of aromas of undergrowth more pronounced than before and with a touch of tannin perhaps more notably, that the 2007 version.

And as the culmination of a sweet tasting special Garnacha and is limited to 800 liters in total, not cloying in the mouth and tries to convey more feelings fruit, despite being a wine called 'dessert'.

We ended up with a present from the cellar, which was the memory of the visit and the special day. We also had the opportunity to purchase products directly from each of the participants best enjoyed, taking in the memory in mind that these wines and cava and lived in company shares from the dream of this family will remain in our way much longer.

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