Do you know what wine to pair with the dishes this Christmas? Our winemaker Fernando Freire offers some advice on some wines for the most typical dishes for this special time of year.
Christmas is a time of special moments surrounded by friends and family, the funny thing is that there are always moments when food and drink are present. The refrigerators of all the homes are filled, but… What if they told you about affordable wines with which you can surprise your guests this Christmas?
Fernando Freire suggests some wines to surprise your most demanding of guests. He proposes 4 perfect pairings for these dates:
Roast suckling pig
It is one of the main dishes in most of the houses on these special dates. Fernando Freire points out “This dish seems simple to pair, but it is not. The suckling pig is a meat with more fat than others, so I would opt for a young wine. In the case that we want a red wine, a good accompaniment would be the Miracle 120. A soft wine, with good structure and a fresh finish. If instead we prefer a white, I would pair it with El Miracle 120 white, an intense wine in the mouth with a perfect acidity/alcohol balance”.
A typical dish in almost houses at this time of year is seafood, and for its flavour to be even more outstanding a perfect pairing is an intense white wine. Freire highlights: “A wine that combines perfectly with seafood and fish is the Ostras Pedrín. A friendly white wine, sweet, elegant, vivacious, fruity and with a long-lasting finish”.
Accompany this dish with Generación 1 is a perfect combination since the lamb meat is powerful in the mouth and therefore needs a full-bodied wine. According to Fernando “Generación 1 is kind on the palate but intense, with well-diffused tannins and a long aftertaste. This pairing is a different combination that will surprise you”.
Stuffed turkey is a dish with complex flavours, ideally paired with a wine with soft tannins. “I would recommend a wine such as Bo, a red wine with fleshy and tasty tannins that will help enhance the flavour of the filling. It is characterized by a smooth and balanced finish, which will give more intensity to the turkey”.
“Marrying a meal with this wine is a guaranteed success” Fernando Freire.
Bodegas Vicente Gandía is awarded with 10 gold medals in two of the most important competitions in the world.
THE ASIA WINE TROPHY AND THE BERLINER WEIN TROPHY ORGANISED BY DWM (DEUTSCHE WEIN MARKETING) AND GUARANTEED BY THE OIV (INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE VINEYARD AND WINE) RECOGNISE THE EXCELLENT QUALITY OF THE WINES OF VICENTE GANDÍA
The Asia Wine Trophy was held at the ultra-modern Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) in South Korea. More than 300 wines were scored by the 120 judges who made up the panel of judges. This event is very important in the Asian market where the consumption of wine has grown in recent years. The wines awarded with a gold medal in this contest are: Hoya de Cadenas Cabernet Sauvignon, Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Privada, El Miracle by Mariscal, Sandara Blanco, Ceremonia Bobal and Castillo de Liria Reserva.
The Berliner Wein Trophy is one of the most important competitions in the international wine scene and in which wines from all corners of the world compete. This contest, organized according to the rules of the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) has awarded the winery with 4 gold medals to the wines: Hoya de Cadenas Cabernet Sauvignon, Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Tempranillo, Uva Pirata Petit Verdot and Castillo de Liria Crianza.
In this sense the prestigious winemaker Luis G. Severino, technical director of the winery, has expressed satisfaction with the results obtained from many years of work, which certify the effort to obtain the highest quality of the winery. The effort and constant investment made year after year allow the winery to reap the rewards, such as the scores achieved in these competitions.
These latest awards place Bodegas Vicente Gandía as a safe bet for consumers seeking guaranteed quality.
BODEGAS VICENTE GANDÍA LAUNCHES SANDARA LEMON ON THE MARKET, A FUSION OF WHITE WINE AND LEMONS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN.
Bodegas Vicente Gandía returns to surprise more loyal followers with a new reference within its Sandara range. This time it does so with a new innovative concept in the wine world, creating Sandara Lemon. Innovation is one of the hallmarks of the Sandara brand, which since its launch in 2014 has reached 2 million units sold in the last year.
The new Sandara Lemon is fresh, elegant, pleasant to drink and has a touch of hops. An innovative and refreshing fusion of white wine and Mediterranean lemons, the ideal alternative when the thermometer rises. This reference is characterized by an alcohol content of 5.5, making it a different and surprising product.
Sandara Lemon is clean, bright, with greenish tones. On the nose it displays aromas of lime, lemon and hops extract, which gives it a complex aromatic body and provides pleasure to the consumer. The palate is fresh and lively with citrus notes.
Its delicate bubbles enhance all the freshness and lemon essence. Find your ideal moment to enjoy it. A terrace, the sun and a group of friends is the perfect setting to enjoy it.
Sandara is one of the brands of the company that year after year achieves new successes, becoming a reference within the company. This range of sparkling low-alcohol wine has increased its sales by 53% in 2017 compared to 2016. This brand is present both nationally and internationally, with its main regions being Asia and the United States.
THE LARGEST WINERY IN THE VALENCIAN COMMUNITY INCREASES THE WINE SALES OF THE VALENCIA DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN BY 12%.
The denomination of origin Valencia is one of the most consolidated at the national level, occupying the first positions in the sales ranking developed by the Spanish Wine Federation. Bodegas Vicente Gandía is committed to this denomination of origin, assuming 40% of its turnover in 2016. In the fiscal year of 2017 it increased its sales by 12% in turnover compared to 2016.
Vicente Gandía is the growth engine of the Valencia Denomination of Origin around the world. This sign of support from the winery is reflected by a series of brands developed by the winery, as is the case of Castillo de Liria, one of the most representative brands in the market worldwide. This reference is the most sold Valencian wine at national and international level. In addition, in the last year, its packaging has been improved by providing the consumer with a fresher and more modern design.
Another example of this is the reference Con Un Par Monastrell-Petit Verdot, a red wine that is characterized by a breakthrough in packaging. It is a perfect wine to share with a couple of friends, the perfect excuse to enjoy a good Valencian wine.
The El Miracle brand is a clear example of premium Valencian wine, proof of this is the last award that El Miracle Cava Brut received in the United States. Recognition to the best “Sparkling Wine”, considering it one of the best according to “The Fifty Best Wines 2018”. Those responsible for awarding these prizes were 14 judges who blindly tasted 17 sparkling wines from around the world.
In addition, the El Miracle 120 Anniversary Rosé has been awarded a Gold Medal for the Denomination of Origin Valencia as “Distinguished in Valencia”. This award has been granted by the Valencian Sommeliers Association.
These last two awards, along with others that the brand has received during its 15 years of experience in the market, show that El Miracle is a consolidated brand in the market as a premium wine both nationally and internationally.
Finca del Mar is a range of Valencian wines that includes four references. The brand refers to the influence of the Mediterranean climate in obtaining grapes of the best quality in the denomination of origin Valencia with which these great wines are made. This range of single-varietal wines offer the most representative varieties worldwide: Cabernet Sauvignion, Merlot, Tempranillo and Chardonnay.
The range of sparkling wines from Bodegas Vicente Gandía is once again awarded in the USA.
Last year, the Sandara range won recognition as a gold medal in the “Best wine packaging” category at the ECRM (Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing) contest in San Diego, California. A unique forum that brings together the main heads of American purchasing in the wine sector.
On this occasion SANDARA’s sparkling wines exceeded their expectations in the US market, getting great scores in the “Ultimate Wine Challenge” contest held in Hawthorne (New York).
This contest, directed by F. Paul Pacult, is made up of a panel of judges, experts in the wine sector in the US: buyers, importers, journalists, experts in international wines, distributors and retailers who have made blind tastings of a series of products from different categories and have rated each of them with a maximum of 100 points.
Once again SANDARA, the successful brand of Bodegas Vicente Gandía, triumphs in the US and obtains more than 90 points in several products of its range, especially Sandara Premium Sangría which obtained 94 points, the Sandara white with 92 points, and the Sandara Rosé with 90 points. .
In addition to the excellent score obtained, the Sandara range has been considered “Great Value”, the best value for money. This recognition highlights the effort and dedication that the winery has towards this product that has only been on the market for three years with a spectacular projection and acceptance by the consumer, both nationally and internationally.
Sometimes knowing where a variety comes from is difficult; there are times when the same variety has different names depending on where it is grown. The Garnacha Tintorera has a confusing origin and in this respect there are different opinions.
Henri Bouschet in 1866 crossed the petit bouschet with the fleshy Grenache (in France it is also called “Alicante” and that is why it is also called Alicante Bouschet.
This variety has a great secret, it is very different from the others.
What sets Garnacha Tintorera apart?
This variety of red grapes is the only one that has violaceous pulp; in the rest of the varieties of grapes with dark skin, the pulp is white.
The Tintorera provides very intense wines that are normally used to mix with other varieties with less colour, complementing reds from colder regions that have a lesser degrees and colour. That is why it is sold in bulk.
This variety is rich in polyphenols (good for your health). Its wine ages well, has medium acidity harmonized with aromas of black fruits. Until a few years ago there were no single-varietal Tintorera wines; now wine lovers show more interest in Garnacha, it has become fashionable. Its racial and intense wines make this variety considered in high regard in the wine culture.
In Spain it is grown in only a few places. We find it in the interior of the province of Alicante and east of Albacete, in the Corredor de Almansa and in the interior of Galicia.
Where is it grown? Spain is one of those few places. It is present in the east of Albacete, in the interior of the province of Alicante, in some parts of the interior of Galicia and in the Almansa Corridor.
One of the few wines made with Garnacha Tintorera is EL MIRACLE BY MARISCAL; a wine that leaves no one indifferent to its charisma. It is prepared by Luis García, an oenologist from Bodegas Vicente Gandía, and is considered a true work of art.
Its label has been designed by the Valencian artist Javier Marical. It shows a drawing made on an authentic oak barrel, which are used in the ageing of the wine. This work belongs to the Arte en Barricas collection, from the museum of the Hoya de Cadenas de Utiel estate.
If you have not yet enjoyed its aroma and taste do not hesitate. We are faced with an intense red wine, made with fruits of old vines which gives it that seriousness so appreciated in modern winemaking, with a round palate and expressive and intense aromas.
When we decide to open a bottle that we have been keeping for years, it would mean the celebration of a very special occasion. Some of us are even in the habit of saving wine for especially important occasions, that will take place in the future, retirement, the football league, the world cup (“2018”), etc., and when the moment arrives we can sometimes see that the bottle contains sediment (possibly in bottles that have been stored for more than eight years). But this does not mean that the wine has been spoiled. These sediments are natural, as well as beneficial, since they are a sign that the wine is of great quality. These solid substances are tannins and other natural materials that are no longer soluble due to the evolution of the wine. So it doesn’t matter if you drink them, what happens is that they can have a bitter taste and spoil the wine that you had been looking forward to for so many years.
Therefore, it is advisable to decant this type of wine before drinking it. It is also the way in which we get the wine to oxygenate and evolve quickly, thus opening its aromas more.
How to decant wine
Decanting means separating a mixture by pouring a liquid from one container to another. That’s what we should do, pour the wine from the bottle to the decanter. It is best to tilt the decanter so that the wine flows down the sides and excess bubbles are avoided. Care must be taken to ensure that the sediments do not get poured into the decanter. Try putting a light bulb behind the bottle, which allows you to see clearly when the sediments are near the neck of the bottle.
Once you have transferred all the wine to the decanter, you must consume it within the next few hours. From that moment the wine is very quickly oxygenated and it loses its alcohol and aromas.
You can decant both young and mature wines to make them oxygenate, but they may require different methods.
On the one hand you may choose a decanter with a narrow neck and a wide base for young wines, which will encourage faster evolution, something that is often necessary.
For the mature wines, you can use a decanter with a long neck and a narrow base, which will cause it to oxygenate more slowly.
Another way to have a wine evolve through its oxygenation, is to open it an hour before serving it, which is known as “letting the wine breathe”.
Finally, IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO WASH THE DECANTER WITH SOAP, this may add aromas that mask the very aroma of the wine itself, and part of the charm of decanting a wine may be lost.
You can wash the decanter by simply using water or a mixture of mineral water, crushed ice and coarse salt.
Now you know everything you need to know to decant wine.
I hope you have found it useful.
Mr Vicente Gandía, is the first generation of this winery, the founder of the company, a man with the character and strength that established the foundations of Bodegas Vicente Gandía.
From humble origins, Vicente Gandía, was born in 1865 in Agullent, a small town located at the southern end of the province of Valencia, wine country.
Due to the few possibilities offered by his environment, he emigrated to the city attracted by the opportunities it offered, and looking for a way to develop a business career. In 1885 Mr Gandía began in the wine world as a worker in one of the French wineries that operated in El Grao de Valencia. As a result of his effort and perseverance he was quickly promoted to purchasing manager, taking care of negotiations with harvesters from the interior and learning the secrets of this sector. It was then that Vicente Gandía developed his qualities as a negotiator and began to create a reputation as a businessman.
At the end of the 19th century, due to its marked entrepreneurial character, he had already opened his own wholesale wine shop on Calle Serrano in Valencia.
The jump to the international environment took place during the export crisis that occurred between 1900 and 1910. Many French firms had to emigrate, an opportunity that Vicente Gandía took advantage of in order to start exporting on his own. To do this he bought some land in the El Grao neighbourhood of Valencia and built a winery, which was already listed in the Bailly-Bailliere Guide of 1920 as one of the 34 wineries that at that time was dedicated to the business of exporting wines.
The twenties were years of prosperity for the business and laid the solid foundations that the company would need to face the tough years to come. These years were marked by a strong contraction of the international market due to the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Unlike many other export firms that had to close, Bodegas Gandía was one of the few that managed to survive.
Having overcome this recession, the trajectory of this company has been an accumulation of constant advances and innovations.
In 1971 it was the first winery to bottle wine from Valencia with its brand Castillo de Liria, which today is a benchmark for export in terms of Spanish wines. This pioneering initiative has been followed by many others such as the acquisition of the Hoya de Cadenas estate, another fruit of this spirit of improvement that has lasted to this day, and that has allowed the production of high quality wines such as Ceremonia, Hoya de Cadenas and Bo.
Currently this company, run by the fourth generation, is the largest winery in the Valencian Community, the 15th Spanish winery and one of the 50 best wineries in the world, exporting to 85 countries on 5 continents.
It has incorporated new Denominations of origin such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Rias Baixas, launching new products such as Raiza Rioja, Dolmo and its charismatic Con un Par Albariñor. In addition, its range of El Miracle 120 wines, launched in 2005 to commemorate its 120-year history, have been consolidated as modern and social wines. The new sparkling low alcohol wines, Sandara, is the latest and most revolutionary initiative of this winery. We must also mention the great solidarity project “Whatever It takes”, which combines the good work in winemaking and solidarity with the most needy, through the image donated by great “celebrities” such as George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz or Pierce Brosnan among others.
Generación 1 Vicente Gandía Grandes Añadas is a great wine, achieved thanks to the effort and the feeling that was put into its creation. This occasion required much of both, since it was about honouring the founder of the winery, Don Vicente Gandía. Sommeliers from all over Spain have collaborated in its production, contributing their opinion, which has served as a base from which to reach the final assembly of 70% Bobal grapes, 15% Cabenet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, all from the best payments and harvests of the Hoya de Cadenas estate.
A great wine should have a label to match. An image that reflected the art in winemaking and the character of Don Vicente Gandía, an exceptional man.
The artist Fuentes Fuerte went to work (never better stated) and developed a work of art inspired by the founder of Bodegas Gandía.
Generación 1 Grandes Añadas is a limited edition of only 17,590 bottles. For its production, only selected grapes from exceptional vintages have been used which are treated with special care.
At first glance we observed a characteristic intense and dark cherry colour. The nose is very balanced with aromas of wild red fruit, blackberry and scrub with a very well integrated oak toasted background. It is nice in the mouth but intense at the same time with well-diffused tannins and licorice notes in the aftertaste.
This wine is perfect for oily fish, all kinds of meat, especially game and the Nouvelle cuisine is very good. It is advisable to serve it between 17 – 18ºC
When consumed you can use a decanter to oxygenate to have it evolve quickly and thus open its aromas more and better (see how to decant a wine). You can also choose to save it and let it evolve slowly to appreciate the full potential of this excellent wine.
If you choose this option, you can use the wooden box of 3 bottles in which it is presented or you can use it as a picture for your living room, once the wine is consumed, since inside the box you will find a sheet with the illustration of the work of the artist Fuentes Fuertes.
In any case we have here a wine of excellent quality at a surprising price. Do not wait any longer to bring a work of art home.
In 1971 Spain was going through times of change. Spain started to open up to the rest of the world, the Seat 124 Sport triumphed, “Un mundo nuevo” by Carina came second in the Eurovision Song Contest, Julio Iglesias and Isabel Presley were married in a wedding that flooded the pages of the magazines of the time and the song of the Summer was “Help” by Tony Ronald.
The wine that was consumed was bought in bulk, directly from traditional shops, which were popularly known as “bodegas”. It was typical for people to take the carafe from their house and fill it up, creating mixtures of several types of wine, according to the tastes of each individual.
In light of this situation, Bodegas Vicente Gandía decided to bottle its Castillo de Liria wine. It was the first wine bottled in Valencia. Another example of the innovative vocation and the pioneering nature of this company.
The beginnings were not easy. At that time it may have been considered irresponsible to try to sell Valencian wine in a bottle. The standard of living was very low and it was almost unthinkable that a bottled Valencian wine would be successful. The few bottles that were on the market were from Rioja.
Given the context of that time we can understand the boldness of a young José María Gandía (grandson of the founder of this winery) who took some sample bottles and went to visit the head of one of the few supermarket chains that existed in Valencia back then. This is what he said in an interview for the newspaper “Las Provincias”:
It was so strange to sell bottled wine that I remember that the manager of the Superette chain, which later took over the supermarket Mercadona, I think it was Mr Vela, that I went to offer him the Castle of Liria he told me “xiquet, jo crec que tindries que dedicarte a vendre llavaores” (Young man, I think you should concentrate on selling washing machines). However, very soon they started selling a lot and became our first customer, because the population was beginning to make the social leap to better living conditions, and the small bottling line, which was manual, was too small for us. We thought that we would never reach 3,000 boxes a month and to surpass it we thought it was fantastic.
These 3000 boxes laid the groundwork for Castillo de Liria to be one of the most exported wine brands to the rest of the world.
Since then Spain and the Spanish have changed a lot and Castillo de Liria has changed with them, accompanying the table of thousands and thousands of Spaniards, evolving its appearance without changing its philosophy, to offer the best value for money.
That’s how it was and that’s how the Castillo de Liria wine bottle is, the first wine bottled in Valencia.
Yes, evolution is part of our life and Castillo de Liria has been renovated to bring to your table the quality of Valencia wine, and always at the best price.