IBÉRICO HAM AND WINE PAIRINGS
The Ibérico ham is the absolute jewel of the Spanish cuisine. More than that, many people consider it to be the greatest food item in the world. Very few products, if any, can match the utter deliciousness, amazing aroma and incomparable taste of the best Spanish bellota hams.
Pairing such delicacy with wine can be a tricky business. Generally speaking, when it comes to food pairing there are two possibilites. One may try to complement both products, or instead one can dig into the contrast between flavours and textures.
GREAT WINES UNDER 20 EUROS
When buying wine, the two most important criteria are arguably quality and price.
Though matching both variables is seldom an easy task, we have strived to do so.
Modestly, we are quite happy with the result. A selection of Great Wines under 20€.
RED WINE: YOUNG, CRIANZA AND RESERVA
A distinctive feature of Spanish wines is the fact that, besides their grape variety or place of origin, they are classified according to the amount of time they spent ageing in different kinds of containers.
As is well known, ageing in oak is the most widespread procedure. Nevertheless, over the last years there has been an increase in the use of alternative materials and recipients, such as concrete tanks, clay amphorae or acacia and chestnut wood barrels.
NEW PARKER SCORES FOR EL BIERZO AND GALICIA
Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker-The Wine Advocate's correspondent in Spain, recently published a report about the regions of El Bierzo and Galicia. Both regions share some characteristics, but they also have some important differences.
Comprising a vineyard surface around 3,000 hectares, El Bierzo DO is currently one of the most dynamic and quality-oriented Designations of Origin in the whole of Spain.
CABERNETS FROM SPAIN
Most probably, Cabernet Sauvignon originated in the Bordeaux region about four centuries ago.
I hear the Ghostbusters theme and I check my mobile phone. It's a message from my wife:
-Hi, Mom and Dad say that tonight they're having a barbecue with some friends. Do you want to join them?