Maridame: A new gourmet spot at Barcelona

Maridame BarcelonaYesterday, I was invited to try a new gastronomic experience at Barcelona: Marídame. This new spot located at Sant-Gervasi district is the perfect place for gourmet lovers, as if has a wide range of products for exigent palates.

Marídame comes from the word “maridar” which means to marry or combine wine with food; and this is exactly what this space intends for every person to do: marry the preferred wine with the adequate cheese, cold meat, chocolate, etc.MARIDAME

At Marídame, “every wine is married to a product, and every product is married to a wine”.

Maridame storeThe store is divided in 3 spaces:

Store area: Presenting more than 200 references in wine, liquors, beer, cheese, vinegar, oil and gourmet products; the store offers 95% of Spanish references and 5% of the highest quality products like Champagne, Oporto and Tocai.

Tasting area: A perfect 6 table spot to try and combine the products.

Experiences area: An area where tastings, workshops and courses take place.

Wine dispenser

Wine dispenser

One of the things I liked the most was the wine dispenser that Marídame has. 8 bottles are presented for you to select either sparkling, wine, rosé or red. It works by injecting nitrogen each time a glass is served. This way the bottles don’t get oxygen in. The glass can go from 1 to 6 euros.

Zutanita 2012

Zutanita 2012

I tried “Zutanita 2012” a very soft and fresh rosé wine from the grapes Cinsaut and Grenache.

Pino Garcia wineAlongside with different journalist and bloggers, I tried the variety of cheese, bread and cold meats offered to us.

This was truly a gastronomic experience for my taste…

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La Mercè wine tasting

Every end of September holds an amusing party at Barcelona: La Mercè. This 5-day celebration is a festival held in honor of the Patron Saint of Barcelona: The Virgin of Grace (Mare de Déu de la Mercè).

The schedule of events for La Mercè  (September 20-24) was all day long, going from parades, to correfoc and human towers.

Among all the events I decided to go, there was one that I really loved:  A wine tasting of Catalan wine and cava at the Arc of Triumph.

As you may know wine is one of my passions so I was really willing to do this. It was all perfectly organized with 53 white tents divided by D.O. (Alella, Catalunya, Cava, Conca de Barberà, Costers del Segre, Empordà, Montsant, Penedès, Pla de Bages, Priorat, Tarragona, Terra Alta). To start this amazing tour you had to buy tickets (food/drink) and your glass.Map

I decided to try 2 red wines and one white, and then end with my favorite dessert wine ever. Here are my choices:

  1. Castell del Remei- Gotim Bru- 2010 (red)Gotim Bru
  2. Synera Blanc- 1898 Ramón Roqueta (white)
  3. Marco Abella- Mas Mallola 2008 Priorat (red)
  4. Vi de Glass – Gramona- Gewürztraminer (dessert wine) and my favorite

Vi de glass - Gramona

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from wine and cava there were also cheese and cold meats to taste.

Some of the best cheeses I’ve ever tried were here: Formatges Mas El Garet and Formatges Bauma. These had a medal for the World Cheese Awards. They were amazing!! A true pleasure for the palate.Cheese

 

After this gastronomic adventure I went back home and slept for almost 12 hours, as you may imagine. Not bad for a Tuesday right?

 

An exclusive place for wine lovers

SitgesIt seems like finally warm weather is here to stay. Beaches in Barcelona, chiringuitos and terraces are starting to be full, and coats have been replaced by dresses.

Making the most of this friendly weather I decided to visit Sitges last weekend to have some time off and relax.

After a 30 minute ride, I arrived to the town of Sitges, renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival. The weather was perfect for a walk so I just took off looking for interesting things…and it turns out that I did find something that really attracted me.

In the middle of Carrer Sant Gaudenci, the buzz of a group of people laughing while smoking a cigarette grabbed my attention. They were all holding a glass of wine in the entrance of a wine bar: Perbacco.entrada

As I walked in I noticed a very nice environment filled with wine lovers, all chatting on small groups while enjoying a glass of wine. A long rectangular table surrounded by a wide range of more than 790 references in wine (red, white and rosé), cava, champagne and liqueurs was the place to be for me on that afternoon.

vinosPerbacco is a wine store which offers the possibility for customers to taste wine while enjoying a plate (or plates) of selected tapas. It has nothing to do with a restaurant as the exclusive environment really offers the customer the possibility to try very good wines accompanied with exquisite tapas like: mature sheep cheese, smoked sardines, Iberian hams and sausages and bread (to name a few), in a more informal and friendly atmosphere.

I tasted an excellent glass of Carmelo Rodero, Ribera del Duero 2011 (9 months in barrel), a plate of mature sheep cheese and bread sticks…it was paradise! I´ve always thought that the first sip of wine is always the best, but in this case every sip was even better till the last drop.quesos

Perbacco offers special and personalized attention in every situation, either for purchasing or tasting, they make you feel like the most important client in the store.

I urge you, when visiting Sitges, to visit Perbacco, an exclusive place for exclusive wine lovers…

 

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Sauvignon Blanc: pleasure in a bottle

sauvignon-blancI find the world of wine extremely fascinating. Among many other drinks, wine itself outstands for its unique capability of making every single sip a nouveau experience. So many flavors, colors and a variety of different notes, represent every single bottle as one of a kind, delivering a mixture of sensations and, of course, an experience for every wine taster.

On Saturday, I tasted a white wine which I have to stay, ranks among my Top 3 list: Señorío de Garci Grande Sauvignon Blanc 2011, coming from the D.O. Rueda. It´s fruity taste and mango notes go way beyond many white winesGarciGrande_Verdejo_Viura

Though it is a young wine, it´s intense aroma with varietal hints of grapefruit, mango and passion fruits make it fully-flavored with a long finish, I even dare to say it has a sensual touch in it.

As a result of having the must stirred together with its own lees, this crisp straw yellow wine has a smooth viscosity that puts each of your senses to work immediately. The recommended marriage for it goes from white fish, shellfish and risottos, to paellas, grilled dishes and stews. Personally, I tried it with bogavante and it was an explosion of mixed flavors that soon turned into pleasure.

BODEGAS_GARCIGRANDE.img_assist_customThe rareness and uniqueness of this wine comes directly from the Bodegas Garci Grande Winery, which have an aristocratic past for being highly appreciated and preferred between the Court of Madrid.

Only a very small quantity of Señorío de Garci Grande Sauvignon Blanc is produced, making this elegant and exotic flavored wine an object of desire not easily found. So whenever you find one, feel lucky, but most of all just feel and taste…

Top 10 wines 2012

It is well-known that every year, since 1988, the famous publication Wine Spectator arranges a list of the best 100 wines of the year.

This perfectly complied list has gone through strict criteria based on quality, value/price, availability, and of course, the excitement that it generates (all of them being of extreme importance).

“These 100 wines reflect significant trends, recognize outstanding producers and spotlight successful regions and vintages around the world”, affirmed the publication. I agree, wine may be subjective, but this time, we should leave ourselves in expert hands and go on around the 13 countries represented in this list.

I leave you with the most representative ones, the top 10 wines for 2012; the rest, I leave you to taste and to pry while 2012 is still here.

And the award for Wine of the Year goes to…

  1. Shafer Vineyards Relentless Napa Valley 2008 (Napa Valley, California))
  2. Château de St.-Cosme Gigondas 2010 (Rhône Valley, France)
  3. Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella´s Garden 2010 (Barossa Valley, Australia)
  4. Clos des papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 (Rhône Valley, France)
  5. Château Guiraud Sauternes 2009 (Bordeaux, France)
  6. Château Léoville Barton St.-Julien 2009 (Bordeaux, France)
  7. Shea Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Shea Vineyard Estate 2009 (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
  8. Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve 2009 (Sonoma Country, California)
  9. Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (Tuscany, Italy)
  10. Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Bella Vista 2010 (Mendoza, Argentina)

You can check the rest 90 wines on the Wine Spectator webpage…cheers!!!