What a Mixing!

Spring is being really cold this year, but that hasn’t stopped us from taking our business to a whole new level! Whenever there’s a big event in the ‘gourmet world’ San Jamon Team just cannot miss it!

Last week we had the opportunity to travel to Düsseldorf in order to visit ProWein, one of the biggest wine fairs of the world. Every year this event concentrates wineries representatives as well as attendants from every part of the planet.

We could see first-hand which are the wine trends for this 2017. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon remain as the undisputed leaders, as they are easier for the consumer to understand and more reliable. Nonetheless, the Spanish Rioja wines are on the rise; in fact, Tempranillo is currently the most sold wine in the UK. Furthermore, White Tempranillo is one of the most searched terms in the country. As you may know, Rioja wines have a strong presence in San Jamon.

While walking around the exhibition stands we were able to get in touch with members and providers of Australian, Chilean and New Zealander wineries. That means that we will soon surprise you with some international additions in our catalogue, although we will continue providing you with our classics.

Here it is a sneak-peek of our experience:

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There’s a better way to start the week: Chardonnay

We normally like to introduce the new wines in our inventory, but sometimes is good to appreciate the wines that have been with us for years.

That’s the case of Chardonnay Veneto, one of our Italian gems. When asking our wine expert in San Jamon, he defines this wine as “a clear balance of acidity, fruit, mouth feel, finish and palatability.”

Let’s discover what makes this wine so special.

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Just glancing at it you will appreciate that it is a white wine with a straw-yellow colour and citrine hints. When smelling it, you’ll feel a floreal and fine fragrance. Now you just got to taste it; check how flavory, harmonious and persistent is!

Wanna try it with food? It’s perfect to pair with first courses in general and second courses of white meat or fish. It is also the ideal wine to take to a Sunday lunch to enjoy as an aperitif with a soft cheese or smoked fish. Serving it at 9-11°C you’ll enjoy every single drop!

 

Type of wine: Still white wine
Grapes(s): Chardonnay
Appellation of Origin: Italy –> Veneto  IGT
Winery: Vinicola Serena
Alcohol: 11% abv

Take a look around our webpage to find this wine and the special selections that include it. Cheers!

The 4 T’s: Tempranillo, Tinto Fino, Tinta de Toro and Tinta del País

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A BIT OF KNOWLEDGE

Many wines in our catalogue are made from ‘tempranillo’, ‘tinto fino’, ‘tinta de toro’ and ‘tinta del país’ grapes. These last three are cloned from the tempranillo grapes and are grown in specific parts of Castilla and León. As they are all known as synonyms we will refer to them using the term ‘tempranillo’.

The ‘tempranillo’ is a black grape variety, widely grown in Spain, to make medium to full-bodied red wine. It takes its name after the Spanish diminutive for ‘early’ (temprano), a reference to the fact that it matures several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes.

WHY YOU SHOULD ASK FOR A TEMPRANILLO

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  • Its peaceful ruby red color.
  • Its distinguished aroma with hints of berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla and herbs.
  • A powerful but neutral taste. That’s the reason why it also makes a good combination with Grenache, Cariñena or Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
  • Its capability of being paired with all kinds of food.
  • It’s savory 😉

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT

If you purchase one of our new selections, Holding out for a Tinto and Mixing in the Deep, you’ll be able to enjoy tempranillo in all its glory.

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

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.

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!