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Wines from the East: Romania #wine #east #Romania

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Romania has a great wine tradition couvered by the excellent wines that it produces, some of which have won several international awards.

Some of the most famous and local variety are the called Grassa Cotnari, Feteasca alba or Feteasca regala. These are the variety of white golden yellow grape from which the best Romanian wines are elaborated.

Besides having their own types of grapes, the good Romanian climate and its geographical position have also allowed the perfect acclimatization of foreign varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, etc. Thanks to that, high quality wines are produced in the country.

Cotnari vineyards are the most famous in the country and here are produced the marketed brands Tamáioasa, Fráncusa, Feteasca Alba. Some other famous Romanian wine brands that should be taken into account are Aligote,  Riesling, Feteasca Neagra (red wine) or Mutfarlar.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz

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Felix Callejo, a winery in the heart of Spain #wine #Spain #winery

floresdecallejo01Felix Callejo was born in Sotillo de la Ribera, Spain, in a family with a long tradition in the world of wine. He had always dreamed on elaborating his own wine and in 1989 he achieved his goal with success.

Since 1999 he takes care of the technical management of the winery, the vineyard and the winemaking process.

The vineyard, that is exclusively Tempranillo is situated in Sotillo de la Ribera, in the province of Burgos. The high altitude is the responsibñe for large temperature contrasts which improve the maturity of the grapes. Moreover, the variety of soils that are found in the vineyard gives their wines a wealth of nuances.

The main feature in their winemaking process is based on the use of indigenous yeasts and once the fermentation is finished, wines gain complexity in exclusively French oak barrels.

Flores de Callejo 2013, one of their most famous wine, is a red wine very aromatic with marked notes of berries. It is 100% Tempranillo and it is kept 6 months in barrel.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Fattoria San Francesco’s Wines win five gold medals #wine #Italy

On March 2015, the 54th National Competition of Wines DOCG-DOC-IGT organized by Mostra Nazzionale Vini-Pramaggiore took place in Pramaggiore (Venezia) as it does every year.

The wine competition where each comittee is made up to five oenologists who are selected by the Italian Association of Oenologists, awarded this year with five gold medals to Fattoria San francesco’s wines.

The primary condition to obtain a gold medal in this competition consists on the achievement of a minimun score of 80/100 points, and this year, San Francesco’s wines met this goal with the following wines mentioned:

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-Cirò D.O.C. Rosso Classico “San Francesco” 2013

-Cirò D.O.C. Rosato “San Francesco” 2014

-Cirò D.O.C. Bianco “San Francesco” 2014

-Calabria I.G.T. Bianco “Settemari” 2014

-Calabria I.G.T. Rosato “Donna Rosa” 2014

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Wines from Spain: Bancal del Bosc white 2013 #spain #wine #catalunya

foto-1-7-300x264Bancal del Bosc Blanc 2013, which its denomination of origin is Montsant, is an incursion that the Spanish winery Vynes Domènech (Tarragona, Spain) presented two years ago with the harvest of 2013.

Vynes Domènech winery is an innovative project focused on the GreenCeller including organic vineyard,bioclimatic architecture and green technologies.

With a variety of 60% of white grenache and after an elaboration that took 5 months with fine lees in stainless steel, Bancal del Bosc Blanc 2013 is a very pleasant wine able to convince everyone.

It is characterized by a straw yellow color with an intense aroma of fresh white fruit, mainly pear and apple with touches of citrus fruit. Moreover, it has a liqueur flavor that is very fine leaving a long lingering end. Therefore, it is a perfect wine to be combined with fish, seafood, cheese, white meat or snacks.

After the success of the winery with their first white wine called Rita, Bancal del Bosc Blanc 2013 becomes the second white wine reference of this acclaimed cellar.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Why Mendoza is the most important wine region of Argentina? #Mendoza #wines #Argentina #GreatWineCapitals

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The availability of pure meltwater from The Andes, the structure of arid soils and the abundance of sunshine are some of the natural competitive advantages that this region enjoys.

All of them, together with new infrastructures and new technologies investment had allowed Mendoza enhancing competitiveness and its wine’s diversity.

Mendoza, the most important wine region of Argentina covers around the 80% of the country’s wine production. Due to its brilliant characteristics, the result is the obtention of excellent wines and it is for this reason that it has been selected as one of the Great Wine Capitals.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Uruguayan wines exceed expectations in Expo Milan 2015 #wine #Uruguay #expo #Milan

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Until now, the success of Uruguayan wines on the pavilion of Expo Milan 2015, goes much further than the expectations thought. This result could opens eyes to new possibilities of increasing exports.

The international megaexposition that started on May 1, shows the country with a board and careful selection of wines to be offered to its clientele.

The participant wineries are Juanicó, Carrau, De Lucca, Garzón, Estancia La Cruz and Grupo Traversa and they were selected by the National Wine Institute of Uruguay.

From the very beginning, the public assistance estimated was around 250 and 300 every day, but during the first fifteen days it achieved 400 diners daily.

The economic effort needed for the participation in this international event has been evaluated and an important boost is expected to increase the volume of exports, mainly on those wines with a preferential quality.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz

 

THE “TRUFFLE MAN” IN BRUSSELS: A UNIQUE TALK IN A TOP RESTAURANT

FEB.14.2013 – La Truffe Noire is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It’s one of the most prestigious restaurants in Brussels and its chef, Luigi Ciciriello is a unique personnality to meet.

luigi2Luigi CICIRIELLO has the exquisite and friendly character of self made men who made of their life a success story because they worked a lot with obstination and sense for beauty and quality.

La TRUFFE NOIRE is a restaurant for ministers, diplomats, business men, and all who like to spoil themselves because they know when they open the door, they won’t be deceived and will have an exceptional moment in this 1 Michelin star restaurant.

The journey of Luigi in the wine and restaurant world is long and very rich. Luigi worked for Abel Bernard, the renowned chef of the Cravache d’Or, which was the place to be in the eighties in Brussels, at the Place Leemans.  Luigi also knows everything about wine because he was elected best sommelier of Belgium thirty years ago.

The truffle came to Luigi and took his heart. Preparing a dish with a so exquisite mushroom is always a great  moment when the two loyal chefs of Luigi compose delicious symphonies with the truffles. As Luigi, the best expert of Brussels said:  “good truffles can be found in France, in Italy, in Croatia…it depends.” Climate, time and weather are so influential for the quality of this luxe product.

We can only advise you to go and have lunch or dinner in the beautifully decorated restaurant room of “La Truffe Noire” (with lovely art works of a Belgian artist representing the truffles) or in one of the intimist lounges where you’ll feel so good with a lovely lady and a good wine. A never to miss experience

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