Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Spanish Tasters Union praises the red wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation in its Bacchus awards.

The Silver Bacchus 2013 prize , given by the Spanish Tasters Union, goes to the wines of Memoria de Ventura Garnacha 2011 of the winery Adega da Pinguela and to Joaquin Rebolledo Mencia Barrica 2011, of the homonymous winery.

Among the awarded, and for the second year running, Joaquin Rebolledo with its red barrel wine 2011 is back in the elite of the Spanish wines, getting the Silver Medal.

The 40 hectares of vineyards along with its history and the title of best young red wine of Spain 2012 are the best presentation of the winery.

The red barrel wine is a selection of Mencia, aged for 6 months in French oak barrels and a part of it in American oak barrels too. It highlights  for its bouquet of white pepper and raspberry, being very fresh and sweet as a whole.

 The potential of this variety, as well as the characteristic soil of Valdeorras, have brought the most distinguished Spanish Winemakers to produce wines in Valdeorras. Mencia is the quintessential red variety of the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. 

Joaquin Rebolledo prestige in the red wines is very important and continues to gain first class awards. This is the rhythm of wines such as the Barrica and Mencia of Joaquin Rebolledo that set the standards. 

The collection of wine barrels is sufficiently complex, so as to confer distinctiveness to Joaquín Rebolledo wines. French, American and Caucasican oak, are the predominant wooden barrels that fill the caverns of the winery. There, with specific humidity, temperature and silence, the reds take on a remarkable and distinctive expression. 

For its part, and as a complement of the outstanding work done by the DO Valdeorras appellation with its reds wines, the Spanish Tasters Union has also awarded the Silver Bacchus to the wine Memoria Ventura Garnacha 2011, adding this prize to previous ones like the 91 points gotten in the last Penín Guide and given at the Fair of the Best Wines of Spain.

This award also serves to recognize the enormous potential of the grenache grape, secluded for years of the qualified productions and recovered in recent years either in the DO Valdeorras appellation or in other parts of Spain.

The Memoria de Ventura Garnacha wine has a limited production (1,000 bottles). For its elaboration it has been necessary to locate old vines on the slaty slopes of the Valley of Sil. Francisco Núñez, the winemaker, explains that "the cultivation of these strains in glass is very laborious as it is a kind of viticulture that respects the environment. That notwithstanding, the efforts are worth since the result is a wine that represents well its source".

According to the winemaker, this Grenache was his first bet to explore other possibilities of red wine varieties. Last year, for example, the winery presented the wine Memoria de Ventura Castes Nobres which included sousón and brancellao varieties. As Núñez states, "most of the experts agree that the Galician red wines are leading a revolution in the national scene and we are proud to contribute to this new trend of wines with personality".

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation included in the selection of best wines of Galicia will be presented the coming Wednesday, the 20th of March, in Madrid.

The following 20th of March a must-meeting for wine lovers will take place at the Palace of Amezúa (C / Casado del Alisal, No. 8-28014 Madrid), which houses the Galician House and the current Galician regional government in Madrid. And this will be the venue where the wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation,  included in the selection of best wines of Galicia, will show to the audience its great qualities.

Organized by Servino.net, the Association of Sommeliers of Madrid and the Galician House in Madrid, the coming Wednesday 20th of March the "Tunnel of Wine" will host the best wines of Galicia under the name GALICIAN WINES.

The event will gather the awarded wines of the "Guide of Wines, Spirits and Wineries of Galicia", published by Luis Padin and in which several wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation are included. These are the following:

White Wines

Red Wines

Currently, because of quality criteria of volume and diversity, Wines and Spirits of Galicia have reached the highest level in their history. If we select the best of these sweet moments, and this selection has been made by 27 of the most expert tasters of Galicia, we can ensure that GALICIAN WINES has gathered more than 50 of the best wines and spirits of this region to the pleasure of professionals of the hospitality industry and the specialized press of Madrid.  More products could have been included, but all the Wines and Spirits showed are EXCELLENT.

On March the 20th at the Palace of Amezúa - the Galician House and current Galician regional government in Madrid - (C / Casado del Alisal, No. 8-28014 Madrid), from 11am to 14pm and from 5pm to 21pm.

To book in advance is required on: info@servino.net

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Switzerland and Japan are the new promotional destinations for the DO Valdeorras apellation wines

While the Stand of the Regulatory Council received many visitors last weekend at the Galician Gastronomic Fair,  "Xantar 2013", the organization is preparing the upcoming promotional activities that will bring the Valdeorras wines to visit Switzerland and Japan.

Once the Food Fair  Xantar 2013 has concluded,  after having had a great succes with many visitors at the Stand of the Regulatory Council of the DO Valdeorras appellation, the organization is now preparing  a series of promotional tours that will bring its wines to important international markets, such the Swiss and the Japanese.

Stand DO Valdeorras in Xantar 
Xantar, that closed its doors last Sunday, was awaited with great expetations. In this special environment, the peruvian delegation invited to the fair this year was able to enjoy and appreciate firsthand the wines of Valdeorras.

Peruvian Delegation in DO Valdeorras Stand
And this international environment is the intial point for the next promotional presentations; the next event will take place in Switzerdland the following 18th of April at the Metropol Hotel in Zurich.

The act, that will be attended by some of the most important wineries of the DO Valdeorras apellation and which will be specified in upcoming articles, will gather the best professionals of the wine sector of Central European region and will serve as an important complement to the successful presentations held previously in this country.

After finishing the meeting with the Swiss profesionals of the wine sector, the Regulatory Council will celebrate its next presentation in FENAVIN – from 7th to 9th of May- and where a number of wineries of the DO Valdeorras apellation will be represented.

This fair will be followed by a big event in Japan: VINALITUR, that will be held the 13th and the 14th of May in Tokyo.

In this important event the Regulatory Council of the DO Valdeorras apellation will act on behalf of seven wineries, showing their wines and will make available, through the Mother of Wine, a number of invitations for all the people who wish to attend the fair.

 These acts, of which we will give you full informtion throughout the coming weeks, will launch the first series of international promotional events that the Regulatory Council has scheduled for 2013 and, through them, there is no doubt that the international prestige that the wines of the DO Valdeorras have earned in the international wine scene will be strengthen.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Jancis Robinson, wine critic of the Financial Times and consultant of the wineries owned by the Queen Elizabeth II of England, shows herself delighted with the Godello variety of the DO Valdeorras appellation.

The weekly chronicle of the DO Valdeorras appellation is marked by the article published by the leading newspaper of England, the Financial Times, in which the Godello Valedorras is greatly praised. In addition, this unique publication is complemented by the presence of the Regulatory Council of Valdeorras at the 2013 "Xantar" Fair, that will be held proximately in Ourense.

The well-known wine critic all over the world, Jancis Robinson, has published a piece about her passion for the Godello of the DO Valdeorras appellation, elevating this variety within the international wine industry.

In addition, the renowned author of the article and wine critic has included two white wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation - As Sortes 2011 and Sorte O Soro 2011 of the Rafael Palacios Winery- in her own list of best white wines all over the world, giving them a score of 18.5 points respectively.

The weekly collaborator of the British newspaper Financial Times has praised the wines and, in her own words and referring to As Sortes 2011, remarks that "the wine belongs to the most wonderful vintage of a great selection with great body and balance, despite its youth".  Regarding  Sorte O Soro 2011, the critic emphasizes "its strength and depth of shades".

And this confirms Robinson's great passion for this variety; as a matter of fact, last year another Godello of the DO Valdeorras appellation -Valdesil- also joined the list of the 25 best white wines in the world of the Financial Times.

Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, MW (born on 22 April 1950) is a British wine critic, journalist and editor of wine literature. She currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and writes for her website JancisRobinson.com. She also provides advice for Queen Elizabeth II's wine cellar.

For its part, the Regulatory Council of Valdeorras begins its promotional tour at the Galician Gastronomy and Tourism Hall, which will be held from 6 to 10 of March in Expourense.

To start with the promotional events that will lead the Regulatory Council of the DO Valdeorras appellation and several of its wineries to visit different countries and international Fairs, Ourense will be the first place where the public will enjoy the quality and international prestige of the wines of Valdeorras.

With its own stand in the "2013 Xantar" fair of Ourense, the Regulatory Council will take part in several events along with other regional products, showing all the essence of the galician land.

Thus, on Thursday 7 at 1pm and with the support of the Ministry for Rural Affairs, a tasting of the wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation will take place next to ANFACO and Cea bread.

On Saturday 9 at 7pm there will be a presentation of the DO Valdeorras wines only aimed at the first 20 attendees who book their presence by application to the organization, calling to the phone 0034 988 366 030.

Do not miss the event