Gathering Times

There’s no better way to spend Christmas than with a big smile and our best selections of Wine and Gourmet Hampers. This is our last newsletter of 2017 and there won’t be any other one until February, so be careful not to miss it!

This year a new member has come to San Jamón’s family and we want you to meet him.

Its name is Hermelo and it is only a few months old. It arrived in four forms: red, white, rosé and prosecco and it has a lot of taste.

It is a wine that our CEO, Miguel, wanted to dedicate to his granfather. He had a very special name (in Spain can be counted in one hand), and this was the best way to pay him tribute.

From this month you’ll be able to enjoy our four varieties of Hermelo.

  • Hermelo Prosecco DO Treviso is produced by our main Italian provider. Elaborated with the best grapes in the region.
  • Hermelo Tinto is produced in La Rioja. Its taste and and freshness will surprise you.
  • Hermelo Blanco blends the acidity of Viura with the softness of Tempranillo, which results in a great combination. Its grapes are collected in a 6-hectare field, also in La Rioja.
  • Hermelo Rosado is made with 100% Pietro Picudo grapes coming from private vineyards and it has been specifically designed for us. It is as good as a Bordeaux wine. It won’t let you down.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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A toast to Rioja

This year we have left all the ‘black’ at home and we want you to do the same. How about a top-notch week with the most popular designation of origin in the market?

We have designed a Rioja compendium that will give you the opportunity to choose from the youngest to the oldest varieties. Let’s get into detail!

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This wine has a dark cherry colour with a lively, violet rim. On the nose, the aromas are intense, fresh, clean and fruity, with floral, blackcurrant and milk hints. On the palate, it offers a perfect combination of freshness and acidity. It is long in the mouth, with a lingering finish and some sweet, fruity hints in the aftertaste.

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Cherry red colour with purple rim. On the nose the fruit is mature, red compote fruit with hints of liquorice. On the palate is it well balanced, balanced acidity with gentle tannins. Long finish.

JALDUNJaldún Crianza 

Dark cherry color with violet rim. It is dominated by primary aromas of the Tempranillo variety accompanied by notes of fine wood American oak. The palate is structured, medium-bodied, it has a certain freshness with a very fruity and tannic finish. The aftertaste is broad, balsamic character.

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Highly representative of classic Rioja Alta wines. Ruby red with a tawny rim, brilliant. Elegant on the nose, well-blended aromas with hints of wood ageing and varietal notes. Very fine and well-structured in the mouth. Aged for 24 to 30 months in American oak casks with appropriately-timed rankings.  Aged in the bottle for at least 12 months before being put on the market.

 

Want to make it classier? Check our Rioja Author’s Selection, featuring four gently selected wines (Campo Viejo Vendimia Seleccionada, Mitarte La Secreta, El Marido de mi Amiga and Mitarte Vendimia Seleccionada).

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Don’t lose this opportunity! Offers are only available until Friday and units are limited.

 

It’s Time to Have Ham!

Every fall we set aside a select few of our iberian hams for our customers and release them in small limited quantities as they reach their optimal point of curation. These selected pieces have a really high weight, the best curation point and the perfect value for money! The best thing is that you can get them with a special gift we have selected.

  • A ham-set with ham holder, stainless steel knife and sharpener
  • A wine: choose between red, white, rosé, prosecco, cava or cuvée

For those who want it sliced you can have an incredible Ibéricos Selection including ham, chorizo and salchichón. We have added an exquisite Pura Cepa Reserva, manchego cheese, olive oil and quince jam, so you can enjoy it even more.

Pair it with our November’s Rioja Selection featuring Campo Viejo Crianza and Campo Viejo Vendimia Seleccionada 2014, our newest acquisition.

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This wine has been elaborated with 100% tempranillo grapes and aged during 18 months in French and American oak barrels.

Its fruity taste and freshness can be perceived from the first minute you open it.

It has also been awarded with 91 points by the Guia Peñín.

If you prefer to have a wider selection to choose you can also count on our ‘Oops I Mixed It Again’ Collection, with the best red, white, rosé, cava and prosecco.

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Harvest Time in Rioja!

Summer has passed by and we can already feel Autumn is here! Wind sounds outside our office in Spain and temperatures are going down a bit! It is time to relax at home, enjoying quiet (or not that quiet!!!…It is up to you!!) dinners with family and friends.

Spanish Appellation of Origin regions are in the middle of the harvest! Some of our wine suppliers have already finished the most important weeks of the year. Enologists, wine specialists… Everybody has been very busy carrying out the harvest! This is the most exciting period of the year for winemakers! They have passed 12 months watching how vines were growing, first naked during winter, then warmer as spring arrived and finally even warmer under s

ummer sun. Harvest day is carefully chosen by enologist so grapes are in their perfect ripen point… Amazing! Isn’t it?

We did not want to miss the event and took a trip to La Rioja to be witnesses of this fabulous miracle and live the harvest experience in first person along with our friends in charge of create our Riojas

The Boss driving a tractor through the vineyards. Hornos de Moncalvillo,  La Rioja. ADM Winery 🙂

Thank you! We spent a great time having lunch with them, pairing reserves and Iberian ham, tasting moscato and laughing… because there are few things but wine so well related to nice moments with our closest ones.

Salud!

A walk in the vineyards in Labastida, Rioja Alavesa. Thanks, Ignacio, Antonio and family 😉

It’s Wine O’Clock

As the summer comes to an end, we are spending every waking minute drinking wine, feeling fine and remembering… but also,  we down here at San Jamón are busy gearing up for the holiday season already.

But before we get going, we’ve prepared some “remembering” cases special to our customers. Apart from our wine cases, this month we have a special hampers, Ham, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Manchego Cheese and more for you to prepare the perfect Charcuterie and Cheese board. The range introduces less well known, but equally fine example of regional specialty, our beloved Lomo.

Try it in sandwiches or in charcuterie platters.

The weather is still warm, but the leaves are turning. Our skin still has a wonderful golden brown color…. We still have salty hearts. Enjoy life!

 

Extend your holidays. Keep the taste of Spain.

You are now probably in the middle of your holidays enjoying the summer vibes of your country. Or maybe you have decided to visit ours and get a glimpse of the Spanish gastronomy.

In San Jamón we are aware that going back to the routine after a time off can be very hard. We have asked ourselves what would be the best way to keep the holidays spirit alive and we have reached to this conclusion: through our finest food and wine.

We are glad to announce that have reinvented our next-day delivery system so you can still enjoy your most favourite Spanish  as soon as you return to your home.

What is more, you can try it for free acquiring one of our most beloved selections: Ibéricos and Wine!

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This hamper has everything you need to enjoy a summer evening at home or at the beach.

Enjoy a meal with its 5 packs of Jamón Ibérico, 1 manchego cheese, 1 chorizo and 1 salchichón.

Pair it with its fruity Calderona Crianza and hit the sweet spot!

 

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Pedro Ximénez Gran Barquero, 88 Parker Points!

Jay Miller, Spanish wine taster at Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate”, awarded 88 points to our Pedro Ximenez! and 100 points to Perez Barquero PX 1905.

Be welcome to experience Pérez Barquero wines, 100% produced from Pedro Ximenez grapes in the Montilla-Moriles DO.

This wonderful Pedro Ximénez is fresh and harmonious on the palate as a result of the natural process of raising by “asoleo” or drying the grapes in the blazing sun of Andalucía. This process concentrates the sugars and grapes exhibits its full aromatic potential when aged and dried. A tradition solera system and subsequent flor ageing give the wine its dense, auburn color.

It is very aromatic with intense notes of bruised fig, dark chocolate, coffee and exotic tropical sweet woods. A long finish follows. Wonderfully complex, powerful and big.

Serve room temperature or over ice after dinner. Pairs ideally with foie gras, cheese or any number of chocolate or orange desserts 🙂

We are happy to work with the best wineries ever!

 

 

Ladybugs, Vineyards… and the Miracle Occurs

Want to know a secret? The more ladybugs there are in a vineyard, the more valuable its wines are.  Ladybugs go with the wine producer for the whole summer, protecting the vineyards from parasites. They are small and apparently insignificant, but an omen for good harvest.

This law of nature has inspired one of our suppliers, Bodegas Mitarte, which has decided to create ‘La secreta‘,  a tribute to ladybugs. A single state wine (Vino de Pago) of excellent quality.

This wine has been made with selected grapes that come from vineyards owned and controlled by the winery. The Pago, the specific place where these old vines are located, stands out for its  singular soil, orientation, location and microclimate.

Take a look at this new acquisition!

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Elaboration: 12 mouths in oak barrels, hand harvested. Vineyards between 60 and 100 years old.

Grapes: Tempranillo 100%

Appellation of Origin: Rioja

Alcohol: 13.5% abv

Tasting Notes: Deep cherry colour, clean and bright. Very tasty, with power and structure but easy to drink. Red fruit jam with delicious aftertaste.

Serving temperature: 16º C

Want to give it try?  This is a exclusive wine that can reach 30 or 40 euros sold in a foreign market, but lucky for you Mitarte has kept for us 150 bottles of La Secreta with a huge discount!

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“Nature, terroir, vineyard, know-how and effort: the secret of a great wine.”

The stars of the month: Single-varietal wines

Wine trends are changing. Now, we want to know more about the history and production, the winery and the winemaking, the vineyards’ location and, of course, about the grape varieties. We are less brand-loyal than ever before and enjoy experimenting across styles. As trend seekers and winelovers we couldn’t miss the opportunity to show you some of our single-varietal collections.

Current varietals leading with consumers include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, followed by Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

A single-varietal wine (monovarietal) is made from a single grape varietal, as the name suggests. Lately some of the most important wineries have decided to focus their attention on the grape variety. This has led to consider it even more important than the Appellation of Origin or the Region where the grapes come from.

Monasterio de Palazuelos Sauvignon Blanc

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This wine was born after experimenting with the monovarietal version of a verdejo, its workhorse blending partner, sauvignon.

A pale yellow color with some steely green, the aromas are rich and tropical with grilled pineapple and mango salsa notes.

Its appellation of origin is Rueda and it has 13% ABV

Pinot Grigio Veneto

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White wine from Veneto’s tradition with an international Flavour.

Straw yellow with light copper shades. At the smell you can feel the mineral note together with yellow fruits like peach, melon, and strawberry. Good alcoholic strength, sapid and full bodied.
Serving suggestions: Perfect for important occasions it pairs well with appetizers, vegetable main courses, especially with risotto, white meat and fish.

Its appellation of origin is Veneto 11,5%  ABV

Merlot Piedemonte

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This wine’s complex and highly varietal perfume is a delight for the senses. The Merlot appears in a cherry red colour with purple hues and has a structured, sweet and fruity mouth. It brings a sweet flavour consisting of blackberries, mixed with a liquorice and violet aroma. It is a perfect companion for meats. To be served at 15 to 18°C.

It has a 12% AVB

 

GourMay

Last week the 31st Salón de Gourmets took place in Madrid, the major European event of delicatessen products. It is catalogued as the largest annual showcase of high quality food and beverage products from the Agro-industry branch.

San Jamon’s Team is always looking for updates and new additions to our catalogue, so we just couldn’t miss out the event!

Corridors full of wines, fine charcuterie, cheese, pantry, sweets and snacks. Here you can watch a sneak-peek of our experience:

Inspired by all the wines that we had the opportunity to taste, this month we have included two new types of Campo Viejo, white and rosé. Two varieties of the top-seller foreign wine in the United Kingdom that has always been a part of our collection.

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Remember that you can try these and more wines with a huge discount if you are subscribed to our monthly newsletter.

We will be attending new fairs and events during this month, so stay tuned!