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It’s coming up to that time again, folks – another On-Air wine tasting in the Bay Radio studios and available to the world by internet (www.bayradio.fm click Listen Live). If you love Spanish wine and are interested in matching different types of wine with various super dishes, then this is the programme for you: Bob and Noelle’s Sunday Brunch 12:00 hrs, Sunday 2nd October 2011. I’ll be in the studio with a couple of bottles, why not join us by listening in, having some fun and learning a bit too?
The next On-Air Wine Tasting on Bay Radio will be on Sunday 11th September from 12:00 – 13:00 hrs Spanish time. I’ll be suggesting two wines to accompany the Recipe of the Week, supplied by co-presenter Noelle (with hubby, Bob). It’s a fun slot where you can learn a little about Spanish wine and maybe choose one (or both!) of the wines next time you are shopping!
NOTA DE PRENSA
PAZO DA BOUCIÑA SE HACE CON LA MEDALLA DE ORO DE LA XXIII CATA CONCURSO RÍAS BAIXAS ALBARIÑO DE CAMBADOS
8 de agosto de 2011.- Después de catar 60 marcas de Rías Baixas en dos días, los profesionales que integraron el panel de cata de la XXIII Cata Concurso Rías Baixas Albariño decidieron que los premios de esta edición recayesen la medalla de oro en la marca Pazo de Bouciña, de la adega Arousa de Bebidas; la medalla de plata en el Rías Baixas Albariño de Esencia Divina, Bodegas Gran Vinum y; la medalla de bronce en Bouza de Carril, de la bodega Bodega Bouza de Carril.
I was honoured to be one of the above 25 panelists (in fact the only foreign wine critic invited!) in this major wine tasting event where the best three Albariño wines of the 2010 vintage were determined!
Sitting on the panel as an equal with such luminaries as: Antonio Palacios (master wine maker, President of the Federacion Española de Asocianes de Enologos, and a member of the Palacios family, the most famous winemaking dynasty in Spain);
His young daughter Barbara, a fine winemaker in her own right, whose fledgling Barbarot Bodega, with its excellent Vino de Autor Rioja wine, would surely be voted Best Newcomer, if there was such a title in La Rioja;
Jesús Flores, doyen of Spanish wine writers and tasters, author of several acknowledged wine books and guides, in fact the Spanish equivalent of Hugh Johnson;
Pablo Amate, renowned national wine and food critic on radio and in various newspapers and magazines;
Cristino Álvarez, famed wine critic and writer who has attended over 20 of these catas over the last decades;
Plus many more, was of course a memorable experience, to say the least!
Thus, as a panelist, I played a part in deciding which Albariño wines were the best three of the 2010 vintage:
1st Place – Pazo de Bouciña, Gold Medal
2nd Place – Esencia Divina, Silver Medal
3rd Place – Bouza de Carril
The owners of the bodegas making these wines were delighted when the announcement was made in front of TV Cameras and hundreds of invitees including dignitries, politicians, celebrities and of course the judging panel!
My congratulations to the winners of course but also to all the others who make the excellent Albariño wines of Denominación de Origen Rias Baixas, Galicia.
Gammon and Cauliflower Cheese
Hidago de Pollo
A superb rich tapa that calls for a red wine with some oak ageing to lend sturdiness to match the food but also with some elegance. Chicken livers go well with Tempranillo based wines. As many will know this variety is also known as Tinta Fina in DO Ribera del Duero and here Bodegas Federico makes a range of wines called Avenencia using this noble variety.
The Avenencia Roble 2006 comes in a 50 cl bottle – and there’s a story behind this that will encourage those of us who drive to a restaurant and yet want to have some quality wine with a meal, rather than the oft served dross house wine, and still be ok to drive home.
Allegedly this 50 cl bottle of wine at 13% abv, if drunk between two people over a two hour dinner will not take the diners over the limit! Well maybe that’s the case but that aside it’s a lovely wine with 6 months ageing in French oak. Bright fruit, red and dark, underpined with subtle oak to add depth and complexity – perfect with the chicken livers!
Magret of Pork
Pork can be happy with both white and red wine, though red would be most people’s choice, I think. However we have to consider here the subtle influence of the tomato in the overall taste of the dish.
This leaves us with red as a possibility still, but I’ve gone for a white wine which will be helped by the tomato. Sauvignon Blanc would be a good match – if we weren’t lucky enough to be in Spain, where DO Rueda’s indigenous Verdejo has its home.
Verdejo adds an extra dimension to the slightly Sauvignon characteristics that this top variety also has. Verdego has that grassy, gooseberry fruit common in Sauvignon but also some asparagus and green pepper notes, an altogether vegetal influence, which will enhance the overall taste of the dish.
From the same Bodegas Federico, but this time in DO Rueda, I’ve gone for the 2009 Verdjo. It has all of the above plus a good, quite rich finish. I can’t wait to taste their 2010 which I guess will be available soon!
Green Asparagus with Ham
Unless it’s smoked, which lends a far stronger flavour, ham can be happy with white wine and with red, though red would be the best pairing. However, with this dish I think the more dominant flavour will be the delicious green asparagus which for me is so much better than white asparagus.
This means we’ll have to think white rather than red. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes described as having some asparagus flavours and aromas so it’s an obvious partner. There are some super Sauvignon wines in Spain now. DO Rueda would be a first port of call and here you could also choose Verdejo, or perhaps the best match would be a Sauvignon/Verdejo blend.
A judiciously oaked Chardonnay would also do the trick and may be particularly good with the cheese sauce, try one from Somontano or Penedés.