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!