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.
THE VALENCIAN WINERY RECENTLY RECOGNIZED AS BEST EUROPEAN WINERY, PARTICIPATES WITH THIS LAUNCH IN THE EVENTS THAT CELEBRATE THE CENTENARIO VALENCIANISTA.
For some seasons Vicente Gandía has been the official winery of Valencia C.F. During this time the wines of the winery have been present at all the official events of the Club, as well as in the VIP area of the Mestalla stadium during the matches that Valencia CF has played at home. In addition, the winery is part of the Business Club of Valencia C.F., a business network in which passion for football and business go hand in hand to create an ideal environment for networking and business opportunities.
This season Vicente Gandía wanted to take his sponsorship further developing a wine with the image of the Club, hence the idea of launching a special edition dedicated to the Valencia C.F. Centenary. A special wine made with selected grapes from Centennial Vineyards, specifically the Bobal, Garnacha, Tempranillo and Monastrell varieties.
Luís García Severino, Technical Director of the winery and one of the best winemakers in Spain has been in charge of making this wine. The varieties have been vinified separately through a long maceration of at least 12 days. The fermentation is carried out by controlling the temperature to preserve all the identity and elegance that reflect its more than 100 years of history. Matured in Missouri oak barrels, this precious wine is among the best wines made by the winery.
Javier Gandía, General Manager of the winery states: “All the details have been taken care of both in terms of the quality of the wine and in its presentation, the Kendo bottle brings a lot of quality to the packaging and turns it into a luxury product. Our team has been very careful in the design of the bottle using the same codes as used by Valencia C.F., with the centenary shield in gold on black that has been printed using a material that contains authentic 18k gold. On the back, the founding charter of the club has been embodied, a detail that makes the bottle itself an article that many Valencians will surely want to keep for many years as a souvenir”.
The wine is presented in a luxurious gift box of 2 bottles of 75 cl and is sold at a recommended price of €25, making this item the perfect gift for all Valencia C.F. fans. This case goes on sale from 21 November 2018 and can be purchased at the online store of the winery www.vicentegandiashop.com as well as at the usual points of sale of the wines of Bodegas Vicente Gandía.
Two wines from our warehouse will be served for economy-class passengers on the transoceanic routes of Air Europa.
The wines from the winery will be served on board the long-haul flights of Air Europa. Thus, passengers travelling in economy can consume Hoya de Cadenas Shiraz and Fustanova Blanc during the journey; two Valencian wines with an international trip and that are well recognised within the sector.
Hoya de Cadenas Shiraz is a red wine made in the Finca Hoya de Cadenas, an enological paradise only 90 km from the city of Valencia that has 300 hectares of the most noble local and international varieties. This delicious Shiraz is warm, with soft tannins and a spicy finish, with a balsamic aftertaste reminiscent of black olives.
Fustanova Blanc is a wine whose fundamental key is the influence of the Mediterranean Sea. It is made with selected grapes and picked at the optimum time in order to maximize all its essence.
This wonderful white wine is broad, unctuous and fresh at the same time, with a fruity finish where its excellent acidity stands out.
These two Valencian wines have been chosen to be served in economy class for Air Europa’s international flights, the airline chaired by Juan José Hidalgo, which last year transported more than 10.6 million passengers to its more than 50 domestic, European and transoceanic destinations.
The presence of our Valencian wines with the airline will undoubtedly contribute to the promotion of our wines.
THE MOST SOLD SUPERMARKET WINE GUIDE IN SPAIN, NAMES 5 VINCENT GANDÍA WINES WITH THE AWARD FOR GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY.
The prestigious winemaker and writer Joan C. Martín presents his ninth edition of “Superwines 2019”. A useful and handy guide for wine lovers in which he offers a selection of more than 140 supermarket wines divided among 110 superwines for less than € 6.99 and 40 megawines for less than € 14.99. In this ninth edition, he has rated 4 wines from Bodegas Vicente Gandía with a score of 4 out of 5 and one of them with a score of 3 out of 5.
Hoya de Cadenas Rosado has been rated 4 out of 5. The writer considers it “a superlative in every respect. A rosé wine of luminous presentation, excellent information and with a price that provides a good opportunity for the buyer”. This rosé wine is fruity, fresh and young, from the DO Utiel – Requena, 100% bobal.
Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Tempranillo, Martín values it as: “This reserve achieves excellence, even more so than the previous edition, and achieves the highest score. It is one of the most complete wines in this guide”. A red wine, from the DO Utiel – Requena, 100% Tempranillo.
Both wines made at Finca Hoya de Cadenas, owned by the Gandía family, where they have an estate of 400 hectares. Considered by Joan C. Martin as “one of the best wineries in the Mediterranean”.
In addition, other examples of the references highlighted in the guide come from its latest wines launched on the market are: Con Un Par Monastrell – Petit Verdot. A red wine from the DO Valencia, which has a lot of character and power. Joan C. Martín says: “This is one of the best red wines in the guide”.
Practically since the beginning of this guide, Castillo de Liría has been recognized year after year as one of the best wines in terms of value for money. In this last edition, the Castillo de Líria Tinto Bobal – Shiraz, a young and fruity red wine, which in the guide stand out as: “A red wine easy to understand and drink. The price is a gift for the consumer”.
Finally, the red wine valued with 3 out of 5 is El Miracle by Mariscal. A wine from the DO Valencia, 100% Garnacha Tintorera highlighted in the guide as: “One of the great red wines of Spain. The price is a gift for the consumer”.
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 ICONIC VALENCIAN CEREMONIA RESERVA DE AUTOR REVEALS ITS NEW IMAGE
Bodegas Vicente Gandía celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its iconic wine with a special edition. The oenologist and technical director of the winery, Luis García Severino, created Ceremonia in 1998. A blend of selected varieties that was a pioneer in terms of quality Valencian wine in the Utiel-Requena denomination of origin. A signature red wine that became part of the cellar of the restaurant “El Bulli”.
Now, the winery wants to renew its packaging and represent the Mediterranean philosophy of tradition and innovation that has been shown in each of its most recent projects. A design made by the internal design department of the winery that transmits simplicity and elegance to the consumer.
This restyling conveys a new attraction to the brand. It provides an intangible value that reveals the company’s own qualities.
This Valencian wine continues to maintain its essence, it is an exquisite combination of the noble varieties Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon with the native Bobal. These grapes come from selected lands of the Hoya de Cadenas Estate, an enological paradise in which the combination of limestone-clayey soils and the contrasts of summer temperature, combined with hot days and cool nights, make it ideal for obtaining a wine of intense aromas and excellent concentration.
Ceremonia Reserva de Autor stands out for its ripe cherry colour. It has mineral aromas and pronounced traits of red and black fruits on a spicy background of well-assembled woods. The palate offers a classic character, with tannins and wooden notes showing a modern, fleshy and fruity air. It is an ideal accompaniment to cheeses, red meats and game.
This wine is the perfect combination between the wine tradition in the Gandia family and innovation towards new trends. Gather the virtues of great wines. This blend is carried out in stainless steel tanks, controlling the temperature at 25ºC, and a maceration period of 14 days in contact with skins. The ageing takes place in American oak barrels from Missouri for the first, second and third years for 12 months. Later, the wine is refined in the bottle for 18 months to obtain a complex, elegant and wide-ranging wine.
The winery continues to surprise its consumers, in this case the most loyal, but with this change of image Vicente Gandía aims to bring this classic wine to a younger audience. Ceremonia is the classic that never fails.
Uva Pirata from Bodegas Vicente Gandía obtains Gold Medal in the 25th edition of “Concours Mondial de Bruxelles”.
The international competition of Brussels, an international competition of alcoholic beverages, is the only itinerant competition. Its peculiarity is that it carries out quality control tests on all the awarded wines. In this contest, 9,180 wines from 39 different countries were presented and tasted by an international panel of judges. This contest was held in Beijing (China) and took place from 11 to 13 May.
Bodegas Vicente Gandía presented its Uva Pirata wine from the Peculiar Wines range, and after being tasted by experts and having passed the quality tests, it won a Gold Medal.
Peculiar Wines, an oenological creativity based on personal projects of the winemakers of Bodegas Vicente Gandía. They are micro-developments, zones and special varieties, unique designs. They are Valencian wines with a message in each bottle and they tell a story.
Uva Pirata, is a red wine with designation of origin Valencia. This wine reflects the fact that you have to enjoy the pirate side of life. We all have our pirate side, like winemaker Fernando Freire who is discreet and formal but did not hesitate to navigate the wine seas to discover the most pirate variety, Petit Verdot.
This wine has a wonderful cherry red with violet tones. On the nose it gives aromas of summer fruits, blackberries, caramel, vanilla and mocha. The palate is fruity, elegant, spicy, full-bodied, balanced and with a long finish. Recommended to enjoy with a good steak, cured cheese (like Stilton) or game meat
Bodegas Vicente Gandía launched the Peculiar Wines range about 2 years ago. Uva Pirata does never ceases to provide enjoyment, from the moment it was launched it won the Gold Medal in AWC Vienna, 91 points in the “Sin mala Uva” Guide and now again in this international contest. Year after year, the winery shows that its products maintain or improve its quality.
You know that we are true wine enthusiasts? Red wine and the summer time are not usually related, but if you are a great enthusiast of red wine, then drinking anything else in summer is a big mistake, since there are many ways you can drink it. Today we offer you a recipe that will be your perfect pairing this summer. Red wine sorbet.
A simple recipe with which you can surprise your guests on hot summer days. It is easy to make, rich in antioxidants and the perfect accompaniment to summer aperitifs or after a filling meal.
For this type of recipe it is not advisable to use a wine from the Christmas hamper, we must bear in mind that if the wine is of a certain quality, then your sorbet will taste much better.
If you do not want to run the risk and go for a safer option we recommend the 100% Shiraz Hoya de Cadenas. Why? The shiraz is a variety with an attractive cherry colour that, depending on where it is grown, has certain characteristics or others. In this case, it is grown in the Mediterranean and is characterized mainly by its aroma of cassis, violet and black fruit (plum jam, black currant, blackberry, etc).
1 Bottle of Hoya de Cadenas Shiraz, 75cl
250gr. Brown sugar
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 lemon (zest)
- Pour the bottle of Hoya de Cadenas Shiraz in a saucepan with 250 gr of brown sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks and the lemon zest.
- Boil until the alcohol has evaporated from the wine. A little trick to know if the alcohol has evaporated is to take out a teaspoon of the wine and try to light it with a lighter. If it does not ignite, then the alcohol will have evaporated and it will be ready.
- Turn off the heat, strain it and let the liquid cool until it is at room temperature.
- When it is cold, pour the liquid into a large container, not too deep, and put it in the freezer until it solidifies. It is advisable to remove it every half hour.
- With the help of a fork, scratch and remove the granita and serve it in individual cups
- Garnish the sorbet with mint leaves and summer fruits.
We all know that drinking wine in moderation is beneficial. In the past the gods claimed, either by intuition or experience, but not for any scientific reasons, that wine was a drink of the gods.
If we look at it from a scientific point of view, we can say that the benefits of wine are that:
It slows ageing:
Paul Schimmel, researcher, teacher and member of the Scripps Biological Research Institute (TSRI) in California, states that “Resveratrol, one of the ingredients in red wine, activates protective genes that limit cell stress and repair DNA, thus prolonging life”.
Mathew Sajish, author of the study and researcher at Schimmel’s laboratory, also states that consuming a couple of glasses of red wine gives the person enough Resveratrols to protect them.
This study was published online by the magazine “Nature” on 22 December 2014.
It prevents heart attacks and heart disease.
Immidiet conducted a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which examined 1,600 adults in London, Italy and Belgium, and reached the following conclusion:
Those who drink wine in moderation had high levels of omega-3 fatty acid (common among those who eat oily fish) in their blood, which is due to one of the components of the wine, polyphenol.
Omega-3 prevents the formation of plaque inside the blood vessels, protecting us from cardiovascular diseases. It reduces blood pressure and therefore prevents myocardial infarction.
It is beneficial for dental health and prevents tooth decay.
The Research Institute of Food Science of the Autonomous University of Madrid conducted a study (published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry), according to which the polyphenols in the wine (natural antioxidants) reduce bacteria in the gums and teeth and consequently help prevent tooth decay.
Eliminates body fat
Noemí Arias Rueda, researcher with the Nutrition and Obesity group at the University of the Basque Country, in her doctoral thesis “Effects of the combination of biomolecules present in food, conjugated linoleic acid, resveratrol and quercetin, on the accumulation of body fat” states that resveratrol and quercetin, molecules that are in many plant foods and beverages, reduce body fat.
Activates the immune system.
The Department of Metabolism and Nutrition of the Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN) in Madrid agrees with the claim that ethanol modulates the immune system.
Drinking alcohol moderately can be beneficial for the immune system. The polyphenols contained in the wine contribute to this.
It palliates the effects of a sedentary life.
The Faseb Journal published an investigation, according to which the resveratrol of the grape palliates the negative effects that a sedentary life has on the body.
We experimented with a group of rats that lived in a sedentary environment, with limited movement. One section of the group was given resveratrol and the other was not. The animals that had not taken resveratrol experienced decreased mass and muscle strength, as well as bone weakness.
Gerald Weissman, editor-in-chief of this journal, states that resveratrol cannot replace exercise but does reduce deterioration in the event that a person is in a resting position.
It may sound strange to mix chocolate and wine, even many people say that they two elements that do not harmonize well, but the truth is that it is a perfect combination since they are gastronomic products with more common elements than you can imagine. As long as you choose the type of chocolate and wine well.
Cocoa, like wine has fruity aromas and is a powerful antioxidant. Both provide minerals, are a source of protein, contain tannins, are recommended to be consumed daily by doctors (rightly so) and both have a strong antidepressant power.
The recipe with which we are going to delight combines both ingredients in a different way, we will learn how to make truffles with red wine.
We will need these ingredients:
1 Bottle of Chain Hole Cabernet
350gr Pure chocolate 75% cocoa
½ cup of milk cream
Chocolate flakes to cover it
It is essential to take into account that the wine is the same or a little sweeter than the chocolate that accompanies it, if this does not happen we will notice more bitterness which will cause its quality to decrease.
- Start by placing 2 cm of water in a pan and wait for it to boil.
- Place a container in the water and in the container the cream and the wine; leave on the stove, stirring until it is warm.
- Remove from the heat and add the chocolate in pieces.
- Mix until you get a smooth texture.
- Keep it in the refrigerator for approximately 4 hours.
- With a spoon remove portions of the mixture and shape it into balls.
Finally, cover the balls with chocolate lacquers to make them look prettier.
Refrigerate them again so they do not lose their initial shape, and then serve them.
As a tip, we recommend you accompany these truffles with a glass of Hoya de Cadenas Cabernet. Without a doubt, these truffles with wine are a worthy treat, enjoy them!