Who said rice could only be paired with white wines?


Last month of January our friends from Vinopremiere invited us to one of their events that took place at their store in Ortega y Gassset, 90 (Madrid,Spain). It was perfect excuse to meet and share some wine moments together and taste some wines from a Madrilenian winery that we were looking forward to knowing them. Many friends have recommended us this winery at its wines and we were delight we could finally know firsthand.

The tasting was wonderfully led by sommelier of Vinopremiere and Estrella of Gosalbez Orti winery, Qubél (located in Pozuelo del Rey), who showed us the winery through their wines. Also, we had the privilege to harmonize each wine with some rice (and paellas) of Espaella. Even though you don’t believe it, red wine and rice (paellas) harmonized incredibly perfect. Who said rice could only be paired with white wines?.

Qubél Paciencia. Madrid, Spain.

One of the best moments of the evening was when Isabel, another of alma mater of this project, invited us to their winery to meet Carlos, the winemaker, and their facilities. Little we took to visit them… But that’s another story. Meanwhile we share our experience with Qubél.

Bodegas Qúbel

Mayrit 100% Sauvignon blanc.Madrid, Spain.
Mayrit 100% Sauvignon blanc.Madrid, Spain.

Mayrit 2012

100% Sauvignon blanc

In the nose attacks with Apple notes, it reminds me of typical cava aromas: citrus, white and stone fruits notes.

In the palate is embracing, full-bodied, sweet with smooth citrus notes. Very well-balanced and refreshing. Persistent and long. Really nice. A real good Sauvignon blanc

Harmonizes perfectly with paella that Espaella offer us.

Qubél Revelacion. Madrid, Spain.
Qubél Revelacion. Madrid, Spain.

 

Revelación – Young.  2011 (Latest bottles, vintage 2013 already on sale. They didn’t produce 2012 vintage).

Colour: Cherry red with violet edges, medium to high intensity.

In the nose attacks with vanilla, chocolate notes and red fruits. Fleshy. Balsamic and strawberry notes.

In the palate is smooth, slightly bitter with polished tannin. Very tasty and easy to drink with typical Madrilenian terroir.

Harmonizes deliciously  well with “arroz a banda”.

Qubél Nature. Madrid, Spain.
Qubél Nature. Madrid, Spain.

 

Qúbel Nature 2005 Crianza

Colour: red almost chocolate colour with terracota rims.

In the nose attacks with very fruity notes, ripe red fruits and good Wood.

In the palate is very well balanced, acid with a good tanning, persistent and with balsamic notes. Black chocolate, firewood, coffee. Complex, mineral, thyme, terroir of Madrid. Elegant and fine.

Harmonizes pretty well with a paella …

 

Qubél Paciencia. Madrid, Spain.
Qubél Paciencia. Madrid, Spain.

Qúbel Paciencia Reserva 2004

Colour: cherry red colour, chocolate brown trim, with an elegant and a dense teardrop

Decanted for 20-30 minutes.

In the nose attacks with black fruits. It’s more elegant and fine, with balsamic notes. Complex aromas.

In the palate is smooth, powerful with a good tannin, sweet. Very well balanced. Long and toasted aftertaste.

One of the paellas we could taste that evening.
One of the paellas we could taste that evening.

Have you ever taste done of these wines? What do you think? Thank you for your comments.

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