Gourmet Showroom (Salón del Gourmet) is the biggest food fair and most important in our country. The place to find all the vast offer in the Spanish market. Many things we have imagined, heard and read all these years about it: the XXIX edition of an event that it is been set as the most important for all professionals of the food industry.
I was glad to see that not only the big brands as Pernord Ricard, Yllera or Aneto were there but also small and worth-to-know projects that offer to all gourmet and demanding people and/or professionals high quality, gourmet and handcrafted products highlighting their aim in personalizing and adapting their products to what the client needs. They look after premium quality over high volume sales.
We found some interesting wines. Sherry and Manzanilla wines from Cádiz as well a few little references from out of our border.
We were both impressed about this winery. San Lúcar de Barrameda is based in the south of Spain, Cadiz – best known for its large and beautiful beaches -, where they wanted to offer something different. The world of wine and the customers habits are changing and this little and modern winery wants to show that we can also have some easy-to-drink and modern wines, as well as Sherry are not only for aged people. Manzanilla, Sherry and Amontillado that I am sure they will surprise from the exact moment you see them.
Just a proof of what I have just told is on the labels of these wines, reflecting the winery’s premises and vision. What you are about to discover it will surprise you as well.
Our tasting notes as follow:
Xixarito Manzanilla – The label represents the winery premises.
Elegant aroma with olive oil, complex and olive notes with a sweet hint. Honey notes. Elegant
In the palate is smooth with sweet touch, wood and toasted notes but no alcohol feeling. Very creamy.
Crema Micaela. (Micaela Cream)
In the nose is more velvety and smoother.
In the palate is smoother, easy to drink (!). Perfect to have with tapas with wood notes but really nice. Non-alcohol feeling.
Amontillado Xixarito – 15 years in barrels.
In the nose attacks with honey notes. Perfect with snacks, aperitif and foie.
Aromas are still subtle and fine. We can find more raisin and wood notes. It is really nice, it tastes like a caramel candy with its touch of wood, no acidity that could be nuisance when tasting it. Coffe and caramel notes.
Caramel and raisin notes, very velvety and chocolate. Nice!
In the palate is sweet but no sickly-sweet with raisin notes.Very nice. Simple but well elaborated.
It is more subtle, more elegant and complex in the nose.
In the palate is smooth, tasty, elegant, fine. Delightful. Perfect to relax and let it open and develop.
Not only could we taste these wines from our country, but also we could enjoy some from abroad that I want to share here since we found them worth the mention.
Pinot Noir – Borgais Borgogne 2010 – France
In the nose attacks high roasted notes and spicy, licorice and red fruits notes.
In the palate is smooth, tasty, light with a well-balanced acidity.
Perfect with light meals, blue fish and birds.
Very nice. On a personal note, if I am allowed to say this, this is the first time I like a French wine and it is what I expect from a wine from Borgogne
Carmenere – Chile – 2013.
Very green in the nose, very aromatic with vegetable garden, tomatoe, green pepper and blackberry notes.
Velvety but well balanced wines.
In the palate is smooth, spicy, fruity, well balanced, very nice. Tasty. Different from what we are used to in Spain but very nice. Well elaborated.
Pinotage – Sudáfrica
In the nose attacks with leather and spicy notes, nuts and chocolate. More leather.
In the palate is smooth, spicy, tasty with tobacco notes.
Perfect with filling meals like roasted meats and celebration moments.
Petit Syrah – California (Estados Unidos) – 2013
In the nose attacks with earthy notes, very nice. Seeds and sunflower seed aromas.
In the palate is very nice, with smooth tannin, tasty and easy to drink with embracing notes.
Oporto del Alto Duero – LBV – 2010 – 4 years – Portugal
In the nose attacks with intense fruity aromas, balsamics, tobacco and mature fruits notes.
In the palate is smooth, fruity, well balanced and assembled, non-alcohol feeling and well balanced acidity. Very nice!
Chocolates and handcrafted sweets
A chocolate factory in Cuenca, Christmas candies from Seville. Handcrafted products from Extremadura, Cheese from Tiétar. From all around the country of Spain, products from Tierra de Sabor (Castilla y Léon)… Delightful sea of unknown food delicacies.
We could not taste everything that was there, but I would recommend you Chocolates from and Abadia de Jábaga y Dulcería La Abuela Asunción. Only when you taste them, you will know why we love them so much!