Paella de Requena alguién?

28 03 2009

Durante los Wine Pleasures Workshops, el Hotel Subur Maritim nos preparó una paella para una de las comidas. En mi mesa tenía una valenciana a mi lado y la preguntamos como estaba la paella. Adivinar su respuesta.

Unos días más tarde y con un grupo de importadores participantes en el workshop fuimos a visitar la DO de Utiel-Requena y en una de las visitas, una bodega (Vera de Estenas) nos preparó una deliciosa paella de Requena que, según el chef es totalmente diferente a las de Valencia. Desde luego era totalmente diferente a la de Sitges! Cómo se hace una paella de Requena? Véase el vídeo y el chef nos explicará.

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VERA DE ESTENAS (DO Utiel – Requena) at the Wine Pleasures Workshop: Buyer meets Spanish Cellar

27 02 2009

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The Wine Pleasures Workshop: Buyer meets Spanish Cellar looks set to benefit enormously all of the participating Spanish wineries. With the appointment making between buyers and cellars well underway, many wineries are already reporting positive looking appointments.

Most active buyers for setting early appointmnets include RMB Associates (USA), Vin Kompagniet (Denmark), Omniwines (USA), Distribuidora de la Peña (El Salvador), Vinos y Tapas (Germany) and Petre Spassov (Bulgaria).

This year we have just two wineries from the DO Utiel-Requena: Chozas Carrascal (2nd year attending) and Vera de Estenas. Infact Vera de Estenas was, behind Abadal (DO Pla de Bages) the second winery to enrol way back in November 2008.

vera-de-estenas1Vera de Estenas was founded by the Martínez family in the borough of Utiel (Valencia) in the 1940s. Nowadays, the third generation of owners of VERA DE ESTENAS, Mr. Félix Martínez Roda is our General Manager and Head Winemaker.

The cellar Vera de Estenas is located in the heart of one of oldest wine regions of the world:  Utiel-Requena, and produces a wide variety of wines from the autochthonous grapes Bobal and international grapes as Malbec, Syrah, Carbernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay.

The whole estate is dedicated entirely to the growing of vines. These range from over a hundred year old Bobal vines to the recently planted ones. All our wines are from hand-harvested grapes grown in our vineyards, crafting in the ageing plant and bottling in the upgraded cellar.

 If you would like to contact Vera de Estenas please do so through their web site or enrol to attend the Wine Pleaures Workshop Buyer meets Spanish Cellar and meet the winemakers in person.