Why do we love ‘La Planta’ so much?

In the last few months a revolution is taking place in many Spanish bars. More and more people are asking for a plant. Contrary to what many of you could think, what they are asking for is a red wine from Ribera del Duero.

Discover the top 5 reasons makes this wine from Arzuaga Winery so popular.

laplanta-img_40151. Its intense cherry red color

2. Its fresh fruit, licorice and roasted coffee aromas

3. Its rich and powerful taste

4. It can be paired with grilled meat, vegetables and rice

5. You can serve it at room temperature (14-16ºC).

Wanna try it? If you’re subscribed to our newsletter you have now, and during a limited time, the opportunity to get one bottle when purchasing a Jamón Ibérico.

If that’s not enough, you can also get a special price in our new selections: “Holding Out for a Tinto” and “Mixing in the Deep”.

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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.

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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.

 

Wine and Ham, a Perfect Christmas Plan

Our telephone is constantly ringing, so that means Christmas must be right around the corner. The days for ‘guaranteed December 24 delivery’ are ticking away, but before they do, we would like to introduce a very special selection dedicated to you all.

Many of you had asked for it, so here it comes:

The Ultimate Rioja Selection

A delightful case with a careful excerpt of 6 types of Rioja wines that sent to you with a free express delivery!

We’ll give you 6 reasons why you should order this case right now:

  1. The personality of a Vallobera Tinto Joven
  2. The strawberry flavour of a Mitarte Madurado Tercera Hoja
  3. The persistent taste of a Mitarte Crianza
  4. The frank nose of a Jaldún Crianza
  5. The ruby red color of a Tres Ducados
  6. The free super-gift that you are going to get: a decanter and 2 packs of extra-tender lomo ibérico (tenderloin)

Bare in mind that there are only 150 collections available and you can purchase yours until Sunday 18th.

And that’s not it! Rioja wine and Iberian ham go hand in hand and, although our Christmas Hampers have flown, we don’t want you to miss this other opportunity!

Ibérico Ham + free gift

We still have a few units of a spectacular Iberico ham precisely selected by our best expert, Miguel. When you purchase your order you’ll be able to choose between two different gifts:

  • A ham-set consisting of a solid-wood holder with a stainless steel knife and sharpener
  • A Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon red wine bottle

And also express delivery is for free!
Remember to get yours before Sunday 18th or you won’t get it on time for Christmas.

Merry pre-Christmas to you all!

 

Thank you for the trust you’ve placed in us!

In these last days of the year, I’m happy to write a short post on our SanJamon blog to thank you for the trust you’ve placed in us.

 We begin to roll towards the New Year and I’m excited to announce that this year is a very special as well as in our history, as we reach our 10th anniversary, 10 years since I launched the first sanjamon site. 

It’s been a very long and hard way, but it’s been fulfilled with pleasures and precious moments. This new year I’m going to make a post telling you about the details and anecdotes when San Jamon started online.

Although time has gone by, I’m still obsessed about costumer’s satisfaction, not only with our products, but also with us.

Now you are 50 thousand clients from different parts of Europe and, even that number can seem small compared to other e-commerce giants, it means a lot to me.  After 10 years I’m still helping you when Maria, the customer’s service person, calls me and says to me “Boss! (in a caring tone) We’ve got to check some things that customers have pointed out”

 For example: some of you write asking for a winecase with white wines instead of rosés, or you need to prepare a special occasion and you want something different or a special price. Maria and I help you solving your queries and I think that that special and personal treatment is what makes us unique, close to each of you.

 This summer I visited Denmark, a country where we have many and good customers. I loved Copenhaguen, its culture and its inhabitants. I’d love to open a kind of bar-shop there with my hams and Spanish wines in the future.

 I also love United Kingdom, a country where we have a lot of customers too. I always wanted to open something there, but now I have some doubts with the Brexit issue. I hope all this uncertainty will finish soon and we will continue sending our products there.

 In Finland and Sweden, where our hams are very well appreciated, we have good customers too.

 I don’t want to miss out our European clients, i.e. France, Italy, Germany…

 To end up, I want to thank all of you because of the trust you still have on San Jamon, I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year surrounded with all your beloved ones.

 Kind regards,

 Miguel Cepeda Giron

CEO

 

Don’t Leave your Ham Stand Alone, Get an Excellent Jamón!

Black Friday day and Ham Friday at San

Every fall we set aside a select few of our pata negra hams for our customers and release them in small limited quantities (170 units available today!) as they reach their optimal point of curation. These selected pieces has a really high weight (on average 8.3 kg!), the best curation point and the perfect value for money! Only 170 units! Will you lose yours?!

Our Best-Seller Case has Señorío de Cruces (Albariño of our confidence), some well-known Rioja semi-aged in barrel (Lar de Paula), the best Verdejo from the closest Appellation of Origin ( Bitácora Verdejo) and the flattered Vinem, we cannot help to offer the most competitive price for this case! Check your email for more information.

Hey! In case these 2 offers are not what you need right now, we will be launching our Xmas Newsletter shortly!

Happy Hamfriday!!

Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

We are very excited to introduce Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada 2014 as the first wine from South America we have on our wine profile! This Chilean wine has been awarded with 90 Parker Points on that particular vintage we have ready for our customers to taste it! And it keeps it up! Next vintage – 2015 – was very well positioned by Robert Parker too. Casillero del Diablo winery has been named for the 3rd year in a row as one of the most admirable and remarkable brands in the word by Masters of Wines, journalists, enologist and summillers. Constancy and improvement of wine quality, being the reflect of its country´s main features were within the key factors to award the wine with such a recognition.

We have decided to Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada 2014 as a gift when buying our exceptional Serrano Ham ( you can also choose as an alternative option the holder and the knife if you still do not have one!) obtained from the back legs of white pigs, it has a remarkable flavor and aroma. This product comes from a selection of our best pigs in Castilla y Leon. Our hams are characterized by a thin layer of fat that provides a delicious flavor and is very meaty and juicy with a curation of at least 20 months following the traditional and natural way.

We cannot wait to advance that Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada 2014 grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon grown at Maipo Valley. It spends 14 months in French barrel oak to adopt all the nuances – Chocolate, toffee and fine almond- and, as a result we have a very complex and concentrated wine. On Sight we have a brighting intense ruby-red wine. On the nose, black currant notes accompanied by red cherry and plum mingled with vibrant fresh black fruit. When in the mouth, elegant tannins and well balance fruit and oak along with a persistent finish.

And…guess what?! It pairs like heaven with the Serrano ham! All in all, an offer we could get to ourselves!

 

Salud!

 

Stock Up On The Best Wines for Xmas

It comes this time of the year when we want to stock up our cellar on a good selection of wines where we can find the perfect pairing with a wide range of food, that goes well wither with fish, meat, seafood, desserts… A Little bit of everything to match all our guest likings.

For a wine cellar at home, we recommend to choose a cold dark place where you can place your bottles, where temperature does not fluctuate to much and humidity is moderate. A cooler basement or a chiller area is enough! Having a cellar means that you have on hand that you want to drink, without having to go shopping. You also ensure that you have right there the wines that might not be at your local shop.   Also a cellar at home is about aged Wines, we are offering some aged Rioja on our Newsletter. We also recommend to think about what kind of food you eat at home, for instance, if your friends and family do not like to have sweet wine with desserts, it is better not buying 3 bottles of PX.

Buy for the current likings, but keep some space for those wines you have heard about or you have been recommended. A cellar wine do not have to be very expensive! Take a look to our offers to see we offer the best value for money.

These are our Xmas minded recommendations, some Prosecco, some Cava, our special spumanti from Bottega, the highly demanded Muscat (Moscato in Italy), some rosé for the appetizers and the best Rioja for the classics.

Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Doc Treviso Extra Dry and Corte Delle Calli Prosecco DOC Treviso “String Cork” to those prosecco lovers we have. They pair very well with Iberian and serrano ham and cheeses also with sushi and seafood.

The 2 new incorporations Bottega Vino di Poeti Venezia Doc Spumante and Bottega Brut Millesimato 2015 both with a wine-making process close to the Charmat method from Bottega Winery. High quality and brand for the most demanding ones.

Cavas Hill 1887 Brut and Cavas Hill 1887 Rosado from our friend Cavas Hill which products are certified by the demanding Appellation of Origin Cava in Catalunya.

Also from Cavas Hill we have selected their Moscat and Xarel·lo combinations, Or Penedés, this one has been highly requested by our customers.

Man shall not live by sparklings alone, this new case also have our exclusive Rosé 2014 Puerta de la Majestad Rosado, Cigales and also two of of Riojas: 2014 ADM Madurado, Rioja and 2015 Campo Viejo Tinto Joven, Rioja.

With this selection no dish will be without the right pairing!

Be ready for your guests’ requests!

New Riojas In The House, New Rioja Wine Case

We have our boss always looking for new incorporations to our wine portfolio, not just because he loves wines …but also because he loves our customers to try something new! This one is specially created for those Rioja Lovers or those who want to have the best of La Rioja at home.

Vallobera Pago Malarina, Rioja is a red wine with 6 months in oak barrels that has been awarded by Robert Parker several years in a row and has recently the Silver Medal at Mundus Vini. Vallobera Tinto Joven, Rioja is a red Tempranillo variety young wine. A very bright and glossy wine. 7 Castillos Crianza, Rioja a red wine barrel-aged for twelve months, ideal to pair with meat and cured cheeses. Very balanced wine with a very clean finish, where we notice roast, spicy and tobacco nuances. It has a long aftertaste. Tres Ducados is a very fresh fruity Young red from la Rioja. Romeral Tinto Joven, Rioja is also a Young red , Ideal to pair with tapas, charcuterie and semi-aged cheeses. And last but not least the Vallobera Crianza, Rioja awarded with 90 points Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate, 2016) with a palate structured, full-bodied and tannic finish.

Dare to do your own tastings at home or invite your friends to share this entirely new case of wine.

We are waiting for your feedback, we already love them!

Which place do you want to drink? Which wine do you want to visit?

Come on!…Autumn has its advantage too! … We know our hearts cannot resist to recall the wind and the sun kissing our skin, but hey! sometimes it was too hot! – at least in Spain-

This season is commonly seized to travel as the temperatures are warmer and it is still very sunny in the Mediterranean area. Also, grapes´ harvest is taking place and vineyards are still full of leaves. The golden light of the sunset covering the vines´leaves´….all in all a very nice season to know different regions. Thinking on that we have created our White Grape Varieties Collection https://sanjamon.co.uk/drinks/wine-by-the-case/white-and-rose/white-grape-varieties-collection. This case of wine contains 8 different white grapes varieties!! we suggest to let yourself go over the varietals and learn a bit more about them and their regions where they are grown!

One of our Incredible White Rioja Wine is the 2014 Mitarte Blanco. This one is made from the local variety: Viura. Our friends of Mitarte Winery in La Rioja (Spain) usually harvest the grape they use for this wine on the second week of October and its grapes comes from 70-year old vineyards. It is called the Queen of La Rioja!

Our selection of wine can take you to Rueda (Valladolid, Spain) Bascarlon Sauvignon Blanc is a wine made with 100% sauvignon blanc grape variety, which are on average twenty years old. Verdejo is the other famous varietal that is grown in Rueda. Bitácora Verdejo from Cuatro Rayas in Rueda is a floral white with racy acidity.

Godello  is a grape that was rescued for 1970 when it was barely extinct and it is currently one of the premium grapes varietal in Spain.The main features of godello is acidity and minerality but what makes it different to other varieties is its fruitnesss and wildflower tasting notes. We have selected , 2014 Guerra de Pura Cepa Blanco, Bierzo for you to taste the variety. This wine has also Doña Blanca variety included on the mixture, this particular grape is the base of white ports. Region of Bierzo is located close to Portugal so it is normal that the grapes varieties are shared across those areas. Dona Blanca is an aromatic variety and it is also used to make some dry varietal wines.

Albariño is one of the most international wine grapes in Spain where it grows mainly in Galicia. Albariño grape has a thick skin that helps that makes possible for the grape to overcome the galician weather. High quality Albariño, as our 2011 Señorio de Cruces Albariño  from DO Rías Baixas (Galicia) are really aromatic and it has ripe stone fruit and grapefruit in the nose.

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Malvasia gives aromas very persistent fruit and mineral memories. Tasting it offers upper middle aromatic intensity, ripe apple, banana, pear.

Chardonnay Veneto (Italy) is a monovarietal Italian wine made of Chardonnay variety. Chardonnay has a very wide character depending on the wine-making that is followed and the region where the grape is grown. This white wine with a straw-yellow colour and citrine hints, the fragrance is typically floreal and fine while the palate is tasty, harmonious and persistent.

And last but not least  Gewurztraminer which is a variety similar in many ways to Moscat. It is an easy-drinking wine that it usually one of the most chosen by new-wine-comers along with the chardonnay.  The intense color is unforgettable due to the pinkish skin of the grape which gives the wine some copper nuances. This is a very aromatic wine, with spices. Our 2014 Le Val Gewurztraminer Pays d’Oc (France) shows notes of lychee and spices, fine but powerful.

We hope our wines´selection inspires you to take the first flight you find and visit those beautiful regions!

Cheers!

Simple ways to beat the autumn blues

We are all back to our cities, back to normal life after enjoying the sun, the beach and our free time during summer! 

However, one of the best things of being back at home in Autumn is having the chance to meet our friends and finally catch up!! This is kind of common in Spain, we meet to say ‘goodbye!!!’  before we leave for the holidays and after that we meet to say ‘Hello, we are back!’ 

We love sharing the Spanish tradition with our customers, not just wines and food but also the common things we do when we get together, sometimes they are common-known things , other times they are things that, although we do all the time, it is not too known. Talking of things that are not so well-known: our Spanish lomo ibérico or iberian cured pork loin.  One of the national delicacies of our iberian pigs and within the best Spanish delicacy. It is a dry-cured meat made from a iberian pork tenderloin, we call it simply “lomo’ and it has an excellent taste.  

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We recall our last summer visit to London during Taste of London Show 2015. We prepared a beautiful stand with all our products, many of them were familiar to our customers, and we were proud of that! We invited to try our lomo ibérico  and people just loved it!! 

 Discover it! We have this hamper with 2 packs of lomo as a gift for newcomers https://sanjamon.co.uk/half-and-half-sparkling-and-reds?___SID=U However…is it ‘lomo’ anything you already cannot resist? Then pick our https://sanjamon.co.uk/gourmet-with-reserve-wine it comes with a whole piece of iberian cured pork loin -really easy to cut!-. This one comes also with a bottle of 2011 Vinem Reserva, Cariñena which has been awarded with a silver medal at the International Wines and Spirits Competition in 2016! https://www.iwsc.net/result/detail/71065

Cheers!