Where Tradition Meets Innovation – Marqués de Terán

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The wines of Marqués de Terán invite you on so many levels to discover more of what you love about wine. Whether you are just learning or would call yourself a true “connoisseur” and wine lover you will be impressed, amazed and delighted when you explore Marqués de Terán Winery.

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Located in one of the most beautiful and famous regions of spanish wine La Rioja is known and enjoyed around the world. A setting that will intrigue you from the moment you set eyes on it. You may have a hard time deciding what is your favorite thing about Marqués de Terán. Is it the location, the tradition mixed with innovation, the award winning architectural design, the renewable geothermic energy process, the R & D “Healthy Wines” Project, or the WINE! For me it began with tasting their wonderful variety of rich red “Vino Tinto” – 6 delicious and uniquely different wines.

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What better way to take in the pleasant aroma, bouquet or nose of a wine than to hold of a beautiful crystal wine glass and touch – then taste and SAVOR a very special “Cata de Vinos” and that is exactly what we did at this wine tasting lunch in A Coruña at De Market Vinoteca Restaurant. A wonderful setting to meet wine aficionados and partake of some new Vinos one sip at a time.

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Marqués de Terán mixes tradition with innovation. The design of the winery was made with the processing of the grape in mind and has received special recognition with the Premio Technal Architecture Award. Their innovative approach and green carbon footprint label has helped to provide visibility and open international markets like Germany, China and US. In their home country where the wine drinking tradition is imbedded as part of every day culture and is a way of life the market is a little more complicated. In Spain, “They’ll tell you they like the idea but if an organic wine costs even 50 cents more they’ll go for the cheaper wine always.” says Manuel Garcia, General Manager.

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This unique winery, opened in 2005 in the village of Ollauri, is built right into the mountain and captures your attention as it rests peacefully nestled into the landscape. Just like the vines working in union with the land to grow these rich and flavorful grapes the winery sets integrated into the land in a most interesting combination of technological advancements utilizing criomaceration, geothermal, as well as, age old traditions.

An impressive 500,000 kilos in annual production using 1,500 barrels, most of which are American Oak and yields annual wine sales of 295,000 bottles. Marqués de Terán with their international relationships exports 19.8% of their wine. You can enjoy one of their tastings where they educate by highlighting the differentiating factors of their wines from a commercial or marketing perspective and less of a “enology” point of view.

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Marqués de Terán Varietals:

Tempranillo: 95%/95% of their grapes are Tempranillo
Mazuelo: 3%/3% are Mazuelo
Garanacha: 2%/2% are Garanacha

Marqués de Terán uses a special grape grading scale of 1 – 10 for all the grapes they buy from local farmers, measuring the percentage of alcohol in each one, PH levels, potassium levels, color and age. They have spent the past 4 years working with a local co-op of farmers who are concerned with preserving the quality of grapes available in Rioja. This is another unique feature to the winery which in modern times doesn’t happen very often.

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In addition to their concern for the environment, innovative technological advancements and growing techniques, they try to make sure that grape-growing families have some sort of social security by committing to buying the grapes when they are first presented instead of saying “lets wait and see til the end of the season”.

Following a visit, 6 years ago, to the California wine country they have been using cold fermentation techniques. In 2008, they were recognized for their use of geothermal energy and their innovative design for which they won a R&D award. Their special attention, care, and focus on the environment has helped their visibility, promotion, and sales in countries like China. This “green footprint seal” has been important in their international success.

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Marqués de Terán Cata de Vinos: 6 Wines

Vino 1) Ollamendi 2008 Crianza

2008 growing season was a year marked by lots of rain, snow in the winter, followed by a dry spring. With a price point of 5,5 euros the selling point and the most important factor is its low price and smooth drinkability. Marqués de Terán took care to listen to their customers who wanted a wine that wouldn’t break the bank.

This is the wine preferred by bars, cafes and wine shops in Asturias, Pais Vasco, Galicia and Madrid. Aged 14 months in American oak barrel. This is an easy to drink wine, not too acidic with notes of vanilla, pepper, and berries – smooth and doesn’t linger too long in the mouth. I enjoyed this smooth table wine with its nice nose, a mix a fruit scents, and feel it would go well with a wide variety of foods.

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A spanish “tosta” of jamon, queso (cheese), with traditional “pan tomaca” tomato, olive oil and garlic topping is a long time favorite when enjoying wine. This special “tapa” was a perfect beginning for tasting both the Ollamendi 2008 and the Crianza 2009. A beautiful presentation with a special accent of balsamic vinegar reduction glaze added just the right flair and was a perfect color match for the smooth Vino Tinto.

Vino 2) Crianza 2009

2009 presented some challenges to the wine making process first it was a long, difficult winter with lots of snow, rain and coupled with a dry summer followed by more rain during the harvest. The weather made its effects visibly known as finally, the grapes swelled up to the size of peaches and had a large percentage of pulp.

This wine, made with grapes that received a 7 – 8 grade is a mix of tempranillo 95%, mazuelo 5%, is aged 14 months in American oak barrels and has a price point of 10 – 11 euros. Known for its deep rich purple color it has less pigmentation on the top layer. You will notice when it first hits the nose that you will enjoy scents of spices, pepper, and berries. This wine is more complex than the Ollamendi and is still easy to drink, but lasts a bit longer in the mouth. A wine everyone would like with medium bouquet, beautiful rich color, and nice smooth finish.

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Wine and gastronomy pairing is a fun and exciting way to discover new favorite combinations and this time was no exception with a special seafood dish of grilled rape or monkfish and langostino/gamba or shrimp, which in America people typically think to drink a white wine, was a perfect flavor match with the Reserva 2008.

Vino 3) Reserva 2008

2008 was a good year for grape growing. This is a wine that has already done all the resting it needs to do and is ready for you to drink. Better quality grapes with a higher alcohol content are aged 18 months in American oak barrels and has a bit more concentrated color in the top layer with a price point of 14 euros. Your tastebuds will enjoy a flavor that is more of a preserve taste, like figs. Most wine drinkers 25-35 prefer wines like Ollamendi, a bit more fruity, but this reserva appeals to a lot of younger people. I enjoyed its dark rich color, its bouquet was full and inviting – perfect for “breaking the rules” of white wine served with seafood and provided a wonderful new combination of flavors.

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Red wine and steak combined with fresh grilled vegetables and special crispy haystack french fries gives you an array of flavors to enjoy from savory, salty, slightly sweet, and crunchy again another perfect pairing.

Vino 4) Selección Especial 2011

The Selección Especial is the STAR wine of the bodega and is full of color with its rich shades of deep purple-blue. The most important wine, their signature product is made with the best grapes available graded 9 – 10 that are then aged 6 months in new French oak barrels with a price point of 19 euros. As the French say, it has “terroir”, which means it tastes like the land around the winery. This most award winning wine of 2011 is not cold pressed or filtered and has a spicy bouquet and vibrant warm color.

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Vino 5) Versum 2010

The Versum wine began in 2008, and was the official wine of the advertising campaign that went along with the geothermal energy push. Today all 6 of their wines are made with geothermal energy, but this was the first. This is a young wine, but it actually spent 10-12 months aged in barrels, so it technically speaking could be a crianza. Made with grapes graded 8 – 9 this is the wine with the most concentrated color and is aged in French oak barrels in their second or third year of use and has a price point of 16 euros. Versum is a more acidic wine and is better for tasting. I like when my wine says HELLO and Versum greets you with its rich color, long lasting legs, and full body flavor. No wonder there are so many analogies to wine, women and song that all go together perfectly especially when they are put together or made perfectly which Versum certainly is. This is a wine you could drink and drink and drink…

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Vino 6) Reserva Edición Limitada 2007

This is a wine you will want to drink slowly. A wine to be savored and appreciated for its velvety smooth taste that will leave your mouth waiting for another delicious sip. You will be mesmerized by its milky, sweet, honeyed undertones. Instead of drinking a gin and tonic at the end of the meal you this is a perfect option for you to enjoy another glass. Dark rich flavorful – A color that matches if full flavor and is a taste you will savor and remember. Just like tall, dark and handsome are stereotypes of spanish men in this case that would also apply to this delicious and most memorable Reserva Edición Limitada 2007. So good I enjoyed every smooth sip to the very last drop!

Thank you to Marqués de Terán – Manuel Garcia and Guía Peñín – Mar Mirón and Victoria Lara for including me in a very special wine event. An experience that has inspired a desire for another Gastro Camino adventure to La Rioja for a personal visit and a little wine crush time during the harvest season. Looking forward to seeing you again in your beautiful region of La Rioja! Bo Camiño!!!

 

For more information please visit: http://www.marquesdeteran.com or https://www.facebook.com/bodegasmarquesdeteran

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For more information regarding Guía Peñín please visit: http://www.guiapenin.comhttps://www.facebook.com/guiapenin

For more information regarding De Market Vinoteca Restaurant please visit: https://www.facebook.com/vinotecademarket

A very special thank you to friend and fellow blogger Stacy Lutsch – Rain Boots & Wine Glasses – One Copa At A Time for joining me and capturing the background, history, and wonderful wine facts of Marqués de Terán http://rainbootsandwineglasses.wordpress.com

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ZUZU Napa USA Visits Fórum Gastronómic!

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What is it about Food, Wine, and TRAVEL that we all can’t get enough of?  Embedded in our nature is a desire to explore, discover and experience something new, as well as, combining the best of what we know and love.  Such are the yearly spanish adventures of a fantastically creative group ZUZU Napa!  “ZuZu is a beloved, Spanish-inspired restaurant and tapas bar in Napa’s historic Old Town.  For the last twelve years, it has drawn scores of visitors near and far who come for its warm Mediterranean décor, lively atmosphere, and renowned small-plates menu that draws from the culinary traditions of Spain and South America.”

Thank you Zuzu Napa for stopping by the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth at this years Fórum Gastronómic and sharing some of what you love of food, wine and travel! Always great meeting new people during their adventures in Galicia and this was an especially fun time and re-connection with the USA having a little chat in english all sharing what we love of Spain and Galicia!

For more information please visit: http://www.zuzunapa.com & https://www.facebook.com/zuzunapa

For more information please visit Fórum Gastronómic: http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

In Photograph Above (left to right): Carlos, Armando, Thomas & Sam

Video: Armando Ramirez & Thomas Hartwell

Jamoneros de Fórum!

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Three of my favorite flavors to enjoy in Spain have been Vino Tinto, Queso Manchego, and Jamon. Part of the traditional diet of spaniards it has become a weekly ritual of enjoyment for me during my time living in Galicia. Once you have tasted this magical combination you can see why it is enjoyed by all who are fortunate to discover it.  This is a habit that would be hard to give up. Discovering your favorite Jamon is like finding your favorite wine a treasure hunt that always provides delicious SURPRISES!

A very special thank you to our Fórum friends Jamoneros Jesús Gonzalez (Dehesa De Extramadura) and Clemente Gomez (Los Pedroches) who so graciously spoiled us for three days at Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14.

For more information please visit: http://www.dehesa-extremadura.com/index.php/en/ and http://www.cordobaturismo.es/en/contents/589/los-pedroches

For more information please visit Fórum Gastronómic: http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

Photography: Susan R Mann

Fórum Gastronómic Celeberates VINO!

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Discovering new wines is an adventure that wine lovers anticipate, enjoy and even DREAM about!  What’s not to love as this journey includes experiences of meeting interesting people, finding great restaurants, and traveling to new places that all have their unique WINE favorites and special select menu’s for you to take your palate on its own journey.  Whether it is red, or “vino tinto” as they say in Spain, rosado, or a crisp and refreshing “VINO BLANCO” white wine, your wine pilgrimage is sure to be a memorable one. Such was the case at this year’s Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14 where there were an amazing array of different wines to taste, savor and ENJOY!

Raül Prada Luengo of Bodega Valdesil stopped by the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth for a picture and a little chat about his delicious wines.  Bodega Valdesil specializes in Godello white wine whose favorite habitat is on the the slate terraced hillsides of the valley with moderate temperature and humidity. Breathtaking views that add their own magic to the grapes as they grow and later their hidden mysteries of centuries of tradition are tasted. Here’s to continuing your Wine Adventure one Sip, one SAVOR at a time!!!

Bodega Valdesil Wines come from the region of Valdeorras – whose “Denominación de Origen”  was established in 1957 and is the wine growing region on the easternmost fringes of Galicia, north-western Spain. This location has earned it the unofficial title of ‘Gateway to Galicia’. Valdeorras is situated between Ribeira Sacra, to the west and Bierzo which is part of Castilla y Leon to the east and northeast. The beautiful River Sil is the main feature of the region’s landscape with it’s picturesque vineyards planted on its valley floor.

For more information about Bodegas Valdesil please visit: http://facebook.com/BodegasValdesil

For more information please visit Fórum Gastronómic: http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

Thank you to Cristina Garcia for capturing some of the great Galician products that shared some special time in the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth.

Photography: Cristina Garcia

Fórum Gastronómic & Galicious Gourmet – Monica Castelao

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Deliciosamente Galego – GALICIOUS!

Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14 had everyone sharing all that they love of FOOD & WINE – DESSERTS & SPIRITS! Galicia’s gastronomy is as diverse as its breathtaking landscapes where you are sure to find many things that you love and keep you wanting to discover more. Monica Castelao visited us in the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth to help us make an invitation to all to come and explore all that Galicia has to offer.

Monica Castelao is an avid blogger passionate about gastronomy and tourism sharing the best of Galicia with everyone!!!

For more information please visit: Deliciosamente Galeo at http://www.galiciousgourmet.com

For more information about Fórum Gastronómic please visit:

http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

Photography: Susan R. Mann

Fórum Gastronómic Coruña Celebrates Galicia!

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Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14 was full of smiles and celebration as Jaume Von Arend, one of the founders of the event, provides special recognition to participants sharing in this years Fórum. Distinguished guests from all over Galicia and Spain shared in this important Congresso de Gastronomia – the largest of its kind in Spain. A truly extraordinary experience!

For more information regarding Fórum Gastronómic please visit: http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

A special thank you to German Limeres for photographs that captured the events and activities of this years Forum.

Photography: German Limeres

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Feeling Brands Event – Santiago de Compostela

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Another fantastic day in Santiago de Compostela sharing in FEELING BRANDS Event November 8, 2013 hearing some of the latest trends in global marketing and brand presentation.  Truly exciting to see, hear and learn of new technologies and collaborative strategies making their mark and impact around the world.

Muchisimas Gracias to Feelings Brands for a wonderful day and event in Santiago de Compostela:

http://www.feelingbrands.com