Monday, July 8, 2013

Vanguard cuisine and unique pairings are waiting for you at the16th Valdeorras Wine Fair by the hand of Román Dacosta Fernández

Young, but also very well prepared, is how the young chef Román Dacosta Fernández  is defined and who, after having had experiences in important restoration centers in Italy, the U.S. and Galicia, arrives at Valdeorras to share unique dishes and unforgettable pairings within the acts of the 16th Valdeorras Wine Fair.

Attendees of the 16th Valdeorras Wine Fair will have the opportunity to enjoy the culinary art of one of the greatest Chefs and with most projection of the new vanguard cuisine of Galicia, Román Dacosta  Fernández who, through the most innovative cuisine, proposes unforgettable pairings through unique dishes and elaborated exclusively for the 16th Valdeorras Wine Fair.

Totally for free, attendees will not only taste them and know their preparation, but will also have the  chance to know the synergies of these with one of the most fashionable wines in the international wine scene: those produced under the seal of quality of the DO Valdeorras appellation.

At his 24 years old, Roman considers himself a big fan of the cuisine of prestigian galician chef Pepe Solla: "Solla is a reference, I love his cooking". The cook also stands out by his professional experience in the Italian cuisine and through which, in his words: "I went into a fusion cuisine. A traditional cooking, but of reformed tradition. "

In turn, the chef states that the baggage obtained abroad related to this fusion cuisine and applied afterwards to the traditional product of Galicia, confers to his creations an atavistic touch as well as innovative.

In Valdeorras and through a well prepared Showcooking, Román will propose attendees the possibility of adapting the traditional product of Galicia to new international avant-garde cuisine - "Through this Showcooking, we pretend to approach the public to varied dishes made of no complicated products or elaboration methods. Everybody should be able to cook, a posteriori, all the proposals without any difficulty at home. It aims to demonstrate that through simplicity we can also achieved delicious and new flavors. "

Regarding the wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation, he highlights their quality and exclusivity, being the whites a great bet for dishes that go from scallops to cod, and the freshness of the reds Mencia a right choice to pair with all types of meats and tartar.

In this way, we advance you the dishes made exclusively for the event; you will not only know its elaboration, but you will also taste them at the 16th Valdeorras Wine Fair, to be held the coming 13th and 14th July and in the schedule that we attach below.

This is:

Saturday,13th July (from 7:00 pm to 9 pm)

1. - Scallop with Paraguayan and shallots with salty butter of cilantro.
2. - Leg's veal confit with Mencia and aromatic oil. Served with mashed potatoes and horseradish.

Sunday, 14th July (from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm)

1. - Salmon marinated in soy and Godello with a smoked touch and fat cream of salmon with "fricossé" of carrot with dill.
2. - Chicken thigh with Shitake jam with macerated Mencia grapes.

(from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)

3. - Veal sweetbreads with roasted reduction of Valdeorras, young garlic and  hazelnut.
4 -. Galician Octopus with olives, Mencia and potato confit.

We would like to remind you that we hope to see you at the Fair and do not forget that there will be bus lines to the exhibition center - Recreational Area do Aguillón, in  A Rúa of Valdeorras.

Are you going to miss this?!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Coroa, Ruchel and D'Berna, winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively at the Acio Awards 2013

The Ministry for Rural Affairs and Sea of the Galician Government gives the distinctions that identify the best wines and spirits of Galicia and for which, once more, the wines of Valdeorras continue to shine with their own light.

In this way, and among the award-winning wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation, Godello A Coroa 2012 has won the Gold, Ruchel Mencía 2012 the Silver and D'Berna the Bronze. Furthermore, Joaquin Rebolledo Mencía 2012, Godeval Godello 2012 and Viña de Fornos Godello 2012 were awarded with a diploma.

In a framework of incomparable quality of the Galician wines and within the international prestige of the DO Valdeorras appellation, the Godellos and Mencías of Valdeorras are still characterized by their nature year after year. Thus, in the 2013 edition of Wines, Spirits and traditional Liqueurs of Galicia, the work of winemakers has been rewarded once more through the following awards:

Golden Acio for A Coroa Godello 2012

Adega A Coroa continues its evolution in terms of recognitions, obtaining this year the Golden Acio award, after having achieved the silver in the previous edition. This endorses the work of one of the most international wineries from the DO, since over 50% of its production is sold in major markets like the U.S., Japan, Central Europe, Scandinavia and Britain, among others.

After a 2011 vintage that has earned prestigious awards and great international recognitions  (Best wine - The New York Times Selection - Blind tasting; Gold Medal - World Wines Selection of  Canada; Gold Medal - International Wine Competition of Lyon; Silver Medal - Best Spanish Wines for the U.S.; Golden "Mezquita" - Mezquita Awards 2012; Grand Gold - Galician Wine Guide; Gallaecia Distinction 2012 and Silver Bacchus 2012 - Awarded by the Spanish Tasters Union, apart from winning for the second year running the Tender of the Swedish Monopoly), the harvest 2012 pretends to follow the same line, taking an important step in its national positioning with this Golden Acio.

Godello A Coroa 2012 has the following tasting notes: fresh and daring colors, loaded of light and gleam that evoke spring garden of green leaves flowers with light yellow colour.

To the nose, it shows warm notes with hints of refreshing and sweet flowers such as elderflower, jasmine and grass, that merge with freshly cut fruit such as pear, apple and mango with refreshing citrus finish.

To the palate it gets fresh and vivacious, combining with the warmth needed to achieve an outstanding balance. It is structured and powerful.

With also hints of citrus juices -specially of grapefruit with subtle bitterness-,  the aftertaste turns long, delicate and very elegant.

Silver Acio to Ruchel Mencia 2012

Ruchel Winery achieves with its Mencía the highest recognition for the reds DO Valdeorras appellation in this edition.

The work of the winery follows the line achieved in 2010 with its Godello, selected best white of Galicia 2011, confirming this time the great development of the reds DO Valdeorras in recent years.

The winery, known for its notable international presence and a great care of its supply chain, has been one of the pioneers to settle in the Brazilian market and its wines are marketed under the prestigious seal "Galicia Quality".

The tasting notes of Ruchel Mencía 2012 are: of red cherry colour, middle layer, bright. It is characterized by a medium intensity, excelling in its sharpness which highlights the tones of the variety Mencía.

To the palate is soft, tasty and subtle, with an harmonious balance that touches exceptional roundness and in which the gradation, since it is no excessive, acts as an interesting factor that gives it a careful balance.

Bronze Acio to D´Berna Godello 2012

Winery de Bérna, with an idiosyncrasy marked by an affinity for the natural environment of Valdeorras, had known how to extraplote these features to their wines, in close relation with a family tradition that dates back to the last century as well as with the latest innovation; this confluence of factors have provided their wines an unmistakable stamp of prestige, that always distinguish the winemakers of Valdeorras.

The peculiarity of their vineyards, settled on the slopes of Córgomo and with an exceptional geographical orientation, is conjugated to mature plants and a very characteristic mineralized ground, turning their production into great interesting wines and of prized exclusivity.

The tasting note of D´Berna Godello 2012 are: To the nose it shows notes of melon and apple, with honey and lemon tones. Notes of minerals in the end.

To the palate is fruity, of silky touch, with hints of ripe white fruit, subtle sweetness, herbal tones and a unique taste of slate. Creamy, fresh and fruity, with a light and elegant end.

Thus, we offer you the possibility to taste them "in situ", visiting the Valdeorras Wine Fair the coming 13th and 14th July in A Rúa of Valdeorras. Besides of taking pleasure of trying the prized wines of Valdeorras, you will enjoy a broad range of activities that, for sure, will delight all attendees.

We will be waiting  for you!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Share "No es un día cualquiera", the morning leader program of the Spanish National Radio, within the acts of the Valdeorras Wine Fair.

National Radio of Spain, through the program led by Pepa Fernández "No es un dia cualquiera" and guest of honor at the 16th Valdeorras Wine Fair, shares with you the possibility of attending its live broadcast the coming 13th and 14th July - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm - at the Avenue cinema of A Rúa.

Pepa Fernández, José María Iñigo, Nieves Concostrina and Joaquín Araujo, among many others, are waiting for you at the Avenue cinema of A Rúa to enjoy, first hand, the protagonists of the program and its contents.

With admission free to fill seats, as well as public transportation to the event with no cost, these great professionals of communication will put special emphasis on the Fair, providing information about the peculiarities of the region of Valdeorras and its wines .

Original Photo: Antonio Martín -

In addition, other voices will join the radio talk shows: Javier Reverte, José Antonio Sentís, María Díaz y Marta Rivera de la Cruz. And, of course, Daniel Samper, José Antonio Marina, Ana García Lozano, Pedro Subijana, José Juan Toharia and Laura García Agustin, among others, will also contribute with their comments.

All this without forgetting the humor, communication, history, meteorology, music, science, cooking, travels ... by the hand of Antonio Fraguas "Forges", Juan Carlos Ortega, José Miguel Viñas, Manuel Toharia, Rafael García Santos, José Ramón Pardo, Josto Maffeo, Leontxo García, Jaime Azpilicueta with his theatre, Diego Galán and his film proposals, the historical anecdotes of Pancracio Celdrán, Pilar García Mouton and her dying words, the "Crucigramàrius" of Marius Serra and of course, all these endorsed by the great José María Iñigo.

Remember that you will be able to enjoy "in situ" the two programs to be held at the Avenida Cinema of A Rúa, the 13th and 14th July - from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm - completely for free to fill seats.

There will be free buses, there and back, with stops at:



Are you going to miss this?.. We will be waiting for you!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Danish chef René Redzepi, considered one of the best in the world, points out the Godello variety as one of his favorites.

René Redzepi, owner and chef of Noma -considered the best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and currently second in ratings behind Can Roca - declares the local variety of Valdeorras, the Godello, as one of his major preferences.

"Are you Galician?, the Godellos are some of my favorite wines" this is how Redzepi greeted Gabriel René Fraga, a journalist to whom he granted a juicy interview and which was echoed in the newspaper La Voz de Galicia.

With a not very bright academic record, Redzepi decided to devote all his attention to the kitchen and, after going through some of the most important restoration centers worldwide as the Bulli and The French Laundry in California, decided to open in Copenhagen, his Danish homeland in 2004 and when he was just 30 years, a restaurant that has given - and for sure will give - lots of good things to talk about: NOMA.

Using only local products of a cold, giant and totally unknown region to the world of gastronomy and with the challenge of developing dishes from these fresh, seasonal products, René Redzepi has achieved international success and has been rated as one of the best chefs in the world, a fact ratified by the international awards that point to NOMA as the best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the prestigious criterion of S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

To make reference to the relationship among this prestigious chef, Galicia and its wines, we focus on the words given to Gabriel Fraga of La Voz de Galicia newspaper:

- "What was it that prompted you to travel to Galicia?

- We went specifically to taste wines, so we were mainly in the area of ​​Rias Baixas. I remember those little villages and the ladies doing the laundry, as if the landscape and its people had stopped in the time. We visited beautiful places and, in fact, these reminded me of Macedonia, the land of my father's family.

- And what about the wines? What did you think?

- I already knew the Albariño, but we were really looking for something different. Then we stumbled upon the Godello, a grape that we didn't know but that, today, is one of my favorite varieties. I love the touch of acidity, balance and fruity taste of Godello. We have included it many times in the wine list of Noma ... "

This evaluation joins those already given by the the Portuguese Manuel Louzada - Winemaker 100 parker points in 2004 - the New Yorker Eric Asimov - wine critic of The New York Times - and the English Jancis Robinson, wine critic of The Times and advisor of the cellars of Queen Elizabeth II of England - and which elevates the quality, differentiation and exclusivity of native wine variety of Valdeorras, the Godello.

To all those who wish to taste this variety - and not just a single wine, but all of them - from the mother of the wine we invite you to attend the next wine fair to be held on 13 and 14 July in A Rúa of Valdeorras .

Since all these great critics can not be wrong ... We will be waiting for you in Valdeorras!