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Pair your “Pavo” like a Pro – Cava Córdova’s Head Winemaker Shows you How

Winemaker Fernando Farías Córdova will launch Cava Córdova in 2015 Photo: Cava Córdova

Winemaker Fernando Farías Córdova will launch Cava Córdova in 2015 Photo: Cava Córdova GSM

From the Series “World Class: Mexican Wine and the Hands who Make it”

Mexican entrepreneur and winemaker Fernando Farías Córdova  followed his love for winemaking all the way from his native Jalisco to Valle de Guadalupe. Impressively,  although barely thirty, this young wine and tea sommelier is now making a living out of his passion, and is preparing to release his own wine label.

Sleeping in a cellar awaiting for its 2015 debut, is Cava Córdova GSM. Originally from the southern Rhône Valley, here, this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes is being nurtured to become a wine that is both elegant and approachable.

It is impossible to resist asking an expert how to pair your food. Just in time for the Thanksgiving meal, Farías Córdova gives us tips for every palate:


White 
Look for wines with low acidity and high floral or fruit notes to highlight the flavor of cranberry sauce, such as wines made with Viognier, or Riesling grapes. A Moscato is a great option as long as it is not too sweet; and the butter notes of an oak-aged California Chardonnay would complement rich dishes very well.

Rosée
Dry, medium-bodied and very fruity wines will offer a refreshing contrast to pair elaborate dishes. Look for wines made with Grenache, Syrah or Carignan grapes

Red 
Red wine and turkey? Absolutely. Long gone are the times where poultry was usually only accompanied with white wine. Serve young red wines with notes of red fruit, jam and spices that intensify the flavors of our dishes. Look for Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Malbec or Syrah.

Sparkling
For a night of celebration, chose to pair your pecan pie with a Proseco Brut. Sparkling wines are also a great complement to spicy foods (in case mole or tamales verdes find their way to your table) and, why not, go ahead and pop that bottle of champagne that you were saving for a special occasion. This is one of them.

How do you know what wine is best for you? It is the one you like… and hopefully, it is wine from Valle de Guadalupe.

¡Salud!

 

Stay tuned for an update on the 2015 release of Cava Córdova GSM.

 

 

Prior articles in the series:

< AlXimia: The Art and Science of Extraordinary Wine

<¡´Biba´México! The Zeal Behind Mexico´s Pasión Biba  

< World Class: Mexican Wine and the Hands who Make it (Introduction to a Series)

 Originally published on 11-25-14

 

Milhojas de Crema y Miel con Azafrán de la Chef Manchega Rocío Arroyo

Fuente de Foto: Chef Rocìo Arroyo

Fuente de Foto: Chef Rocío Arroyo

 

¿Sabes que “manchego” es un gentilicio?

Hace unas semanas tuvimos la fortuna de de transportarnos vía telefónica hasta La Mancha, España (seguro pensaron en Don Quijote) para hablar con la chef repostera Rocío Arroyo.

Bastaron unos minutos para darnos cuenta de nuestra buena fortuna. Esta gastrónoma educadora, ponente y conductora de televisión, desborda tanta pasión como conocimiento. Pudimos habernos extendido horas hablando con ella sobre los tesoros gastronómicos de esta región española, y aunque breve, durante nuestra conversación nos quedó muy claro el por qué,  como Rocío dice, “La Mancha engancha.”

Uno de los productos icónicos manchegos, junto con el queso producido por la raza ovina del mismo nombre, es el azafrán.

El azafrán, conocido como “Oro Rojo” por su alto precio, ha sido utilizado y  apreciado por diferentes culturas a lo largo de la historia. Además usarse como colorante o perfume, se le han atribuído propiedades medicinales.  Seguro lo has probado, pero quizás únicamente en paella. Ojo: sí lo compras, asegúrate de que te lo den en hebras, jamás molido.

Fuente de Foto: Azafranes Manchegos

El azafrán manchego tiene denominación de origen y se considera el mejor del mundo.  Aquí, el protocolo para su cultivo y cosecha es intenso y verdaderamente una artesanía.

Escucha todos los detalles en nuestra entrevista con la chef Arroyo aquí y encuentra una deliciosa receta para preparar un milhojas de miel con azafrán al pie. ¡Dínos qué tal te quedó en nuestra página de Facebook!


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