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

 

Author’s Wines with Valentine’s Vives

February is especially known for two things: its releases and Valentine’s Day.

In San Jamon we are constantly adding new products to our catalogue and this month couldn’t be different. We have selected three brand new author’s wines that combine perfectly with these dates. Why don’t you have a look?

 

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Wine & Roses. Author’s Wine from Mitarte Winery. An avant-garde wine from the label to the last drop.

You will be surprised by its fruity taste and its aromas, as it’s been aged in American and French oak barrels for 6 months. Pair it with one of our hams and enjoy it to the fullest!

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Zarzuela Joven. A no added sulfites, natural, Ribera del Duero wine. A new acquisition, but made with the best 30-40-year-old vines.

You won’t be able to forget neither its red colour, nor its forest fruit and fresh grape taste. If you decide to combine it with one of our Ibérico hams or charcuterie, you’ll note the difference.

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El Marido de mi Amiga. A great Rioja blend. The union of Malvasía, Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo Grapes.

Appreciate its straw yellow color. Smell its aromas of tropical fruits. Taste its sensations of fruit and a long, warm finish. Try it with vegetable stews, traditional Rioja-style potatoes, fish and wood-fire roasts.

Now that you have discovered them, you might want to acquire our Author’s Wines Special Selection where you will find all of them including another treble of our best-sellers: the smooth red Guerra de Pura Cepa, the bright withe Mitarte Barrel-Fermented and the intense black-fruity Condesa de Ramos Joven.

Remember that you can get a nice discount in this, and other selections using the special coupons that you will find in our monthly newsletter.

 

Tuck into our wine cases!

Barrel-aged, medium-bodied, spiced, yet still fruit-forward tempranillos from Spain, prosecco, spumantes  and the perfect mixed case… It is all about remembering so we have included some of our most popular wine collections.

The New Parker Red Selection. In this case you’ll receive three bottles of a juicy red 91-pt Parker Rioja from Lar de Paula, three bottles of the robust, forest fruit 90-pt Parker Montetoro from winemaker Ramon Ramos in Toro, three bottles of the deep purple, full-bodied 90-pt Parker Calderona Crianza from Cigales and three bottles of Muruve Roble ruby red 90-pt Parker also from Toro.

 

New Parker Red Selection

 

The Perfect Mixed Case. A little red, a little rosé and lot of white make this colored case and exciting mix of winemaking styles from Rioja, Penedés, Cigales, Ribera del Duero and Italy.

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And last, but not least, Bestselling Prosecco and Spumantes. Toast to the end of the Summer in Style with four different styles of sparkling, prosecco, organic wine and spumante. Make it a perfect toast.

Bestselling Prosecco and Spumantes

Enjoy life!

The Old Rule, the Perfect Pairing.

Top quality preserved fish, healthy and delicious, with fresh white wine… the old rule, the perfect pairing. There is simply no better way to enjoy during the summer.

We do have the wine and now we are glad to announce the addition of the Serrats fish preserves to our range for you to enjoy this summer: bonito del norte, tinned mussels and sardines directly from the north coast of Spain. These healthy cans are simple exceptional, tender, flavoursome, rich and perfect to pair with young, crisp and fresh white wines.

Wines with good acidity to cleanse the palate, and dry, not sweet. We have a few wine paring options in mind, so we have made a selection of those we consider ideal to pair with the flavor of the sea.

Viura from the north of Spain, one of the most popular white wine grape in our country. Good acidity, food fruit, dry, fresh, one young, one fermented in stainless steel; Albariño from Rías Baixas that pairs beautifully with sardines; a buttery chardonnay-viogner from La Mancha perfect with bonito; Muscat, perfect as an aperitif or with sardines; and our rosé “El capricho”.

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Serrats Preserved Fish, yummy!

 

Vines and Roses

Spring is around the corner and we are more than anxious to enjoy sunnier and longer evenings with friends and family. 

It is quite common in Spain to take advantage of the good weather and mild temperature and leave the city to explore any close – or not that close- village in the Region. As many of our customers already know, we are located in Valladolid ( Castilla y León Region). Our región is well-know for its wondeful white verdejo, explosive red wine from Toro, famous red from Ribera del Duero as well as other younger and very interesting Appellations of Origin like DO Arlanza, DO Bierzo, DO Arribes, … Many people will be visiting our wineries during this spring and will be excited with the idea of getting to know part of our customs and wines.

When walking the vineyards, it might be that  any of them realizes about those rose bush that head every vines lines. Rose bush were used by old vine-growers to prevent their beloved vines from a very harmful fungus called ‘Oidio’. It was back in the 19th century when monks in Burgundy (France) discovered that rose bushes were more sensitive than vines to that fungus and started to use the changing of color on leaves and petals to detect a preliminar attack to the land that could also affect – and ruin- the vines. That way they could treat the vines before the fungus was about to destroy the plant.

Along with enjoying a nice day out with out friends and family, and increasing our wine-culture understanding, opening a nice bottle of wine outdoors is something spring grant us and we love to do!

This month, we are welcoming this rare flower: Rioja White Wine MITARTE barrel fermented.

Mitarte Viura Barrel Fermented

Aromatic and intense with notes of white flowers and tropical fruit 😉

Mitarte winery is family-run winery with a long-standing tradition of quality winemaking being passed down through the generations. Harvest takes place manually on middle October when grapes have achieved the perfect ripeness. Grapes comes from 60 years old vineyards. The wine is fermented using new French and American oak barrels and is aged for 4 months with its own lees, in the same barrels. Battonage is carried out frequently. This process gives the wine a higher complexity, unctuousity and gliceric with a lot of body.

Definitely the perfect treat for a Spring celebration. Cheers!

Spanish Vs. French Taste Off Hamper (12 x 750ml)

We often field calls from customers unsure of how a lesser-known Spanish varietal compares and contrasts to more popular international varieties. We love that our wines arise curiosity. And it brings us to a thoughtful experiment. We imagined a case of wine that matched a Spanish wine to a similar French varietal or style. So now when your friend asks, ‘What’s a Spanish sauvignon blanc like?’ you’ve got some good wines, styles, and descriptors to refer to. (hint: it’s less grassy has more fruit character)

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Route du Sud Muscat Sec

Mitarte Tercera Hoja Tinto Madurado Rioja vs. Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie Rouge Cotes de Gascogne IGP. As an iconic producer of Armagnac from Gascony, Domaine de Pellehaut certainly puts out a top everyday drinking still wine. The blend of merlot, tannat, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and pinor noir makes for a richly textured, full-bodied violet-tinged quaffing wine with style. The Mitarte is medium bodied and having spent its grape-growing years in the hills high above Haro, is part of a new-wave of Atlantic influenced riojano wines, fresh and complex, fruity without dumbing down.

Le Val Gewurztraminer

Le Val Gewurztraminer

Arroyo Tinto Joven Ribera del Duero vs. Les Petits Carreaux Merlot. Both wines are full of red fruit roundness but one is a local tinto fino tempranillo from Ribera del Duero and one is a merlot from southern France. They have both seen the sun and followed the same winemaking process: destem/crush, ferment, and press. But they are also worlds apart. The young Spanish is our best-selling unoaked wine. The beautiful blue hues ricochet across the glass. The merlot shows clean varietal character. How do you think they compare?

Monasterio de Palazuelos Sauvignon Blanc Rueda vs. Appetit de France Sauvignon Blanc. Dad always said ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but it was love at first sight for both of these wines because we love these labels. If you are seeking a Sancerre-style sauvignon, look further afield, because both of these wines have more soft fruit like grapefruit and pear than grass and vegetal aromas. Rueda, best known for the simple, pleasant, aromatic verdejo, is experimenting with monovarietal version of its workhorse blending partner, sauvignon. Both are best accompanied by any of our soft, mixed cheeses. Would you have guessed the Appetit was even from France?

Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie Rouge

Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie Rouge

Guerra de Pura Cepa Tinto Mencía vs. St. Martin Cabernet Sauvignon. Some say that the Spanish mencía is a long-lost cousin to cabernet franc in Bordeaux. Both wines are accessible and well-structured but they divurge from there. The cab has black fruit, the mencía red. The cab’s grape-growing climate is warm Mediterranean, whereas the mencía is cool Atlantic. How do they pair with our signature acorn-fed jamón?

Señorio de Cruces Albariño Rías Baixas vs. Route du Sur Muscat Sec. Both wines are vinified dry, leaving less than 0.2% of residual sugar. Though you’d swear there was honey added due to the viscous texture and lip-smacking ripe fruit notes like peach, nectarine, and honeydew. Enjoy with seafood or as an aperitif with our small-batch roasted and lightly salted marcona almonds.

Dominio de Punctum 99 Rosas Chardonnay/Viognier

Dominio de Punctum 99 Rosas Chardonnay/Viognier

 99 Rosas Chardonnay/Viognier – vs. La Val Gewurztraminer. We first tasted the 99 Rosas at a wine fair and of the more than 500 wines we tasted over three days, this is one that stuck out the most. It was not the most complex or the most interesting, but it had a clear balance of acidity, fruit, mouth feel, finish, palatability, packaging and price point. It is the ideal wine to take to a Sunday lunch to enjoy as an aperitif with a soft cheese or smoked fish. The La Vall gewurz is aromatic and food friendly. Do you have a preference for one country’s interpretation of a full-bodied white over another?

–Vanessa, wine geek, San Jamón