A visit to La Viña,` Winecanting in Alicante´ and Fidueà de Gandia…A VÍ Vid report.

It was interesting to read a plea from the distributor of three of Valencia´s newest Vermuts for more coordination of events related to wine and food in the region. This week saw us invited to at least five events, June has always been a manic month for new product launches, new menu events, International food Competitions  and our normal work carries on! La Viña. We started the week with a visit to Bodega La Viña in Font de la Figuera in DO []

A Tasting of Wines from DO Alicante, A VÍ Vid report.

VÍ  Vid were very pleased to be able to attend the Salon Profesiónal in Denia this week and taste the new crop of wines from DO Alicante. The tasting was held in the Cdt of the Marina Alta. 18 Bodegas attended and this is a selection of the wines which impressed us. David Carbonell has been making wines from Viognier (and other varieties) at Vins del Comtat  for as long as we have known the bodega and was a pioneer of producing []

2nd National Competition, Paella de Cullera, a VÍ Vid report.

                                                                Cullera, a pretty seaside town is half an hour to the South of Valencia at the furthest edge of the Albufera Natural Park and its rice fields. It sits at the mouth of the River Jucar and is well-known for its many quality restaurants and fishing port.                 On May 23rd it held the II Concurso Nacional Paella de Cullera which within the two years of its creation has consolidated itself as a major gastronomic event in Valencia´s annual calendar. This is []

VÍ Vid Reviews Restaurante Nazaret, Puçol.

The coast to the North of Valencia is dotted with seaside annexes to the towns of the Horta Nord, Rafelbuñol, El Puig and finally before Sagunto the town of Puçol. Its bright blue-green clear sea,  and its clean sandy beaches are amongst some of the most popular and picturesque with that fabulous light that parts of the Mediterranean are famed for. It has many restaurants plying their trade with tapas, fresh fish, and traditional (and new) rice dishes. A combination of an []

Bodegas Murviedro and `La Pepica´ Launch New Wines..A VÍ Vid Report.

Thursday, 27 April, Bodegas Murviedro and Restaurante `La Pepica´ launched a new range of wines, designed both to accompany Valencian Gastronomy and to be ambassadors for Valencia in the export Market. Murviedro are the Valencian arm of the Swiss owned Bodegas Schenk. They are approaching their 90th anniversary later this year and are continuously developing their range of wines and cavas with grapes sourced from across the Valencian community. This year apart from launching La Pepica´s new wines, they have introduced a []

VÍ Vid with ASEV at La Maritima tasting Bodega Tradición Sherries.

As a number of our colleagues have pointed out, Spring and Sherry goes together. The Jerez region of Spain holds its Sherry Festival every other year in Spring and last year Valencia hosted International Sherry Week in Las Arenas Hotel. This year it is the turn of ASEV, the Valencian Sumilleres and Winelovers Association and its President Marilú Martin  to host an event – a tasting of the sherries and brandy from Bodegas Tradición in La Maritima, the restaurant in Valencia´s iconic []

Dacsa creates the Valencian `Paella League´.

The name `Dacsa´ is synonymous with rice  but its origin lies in the Valencian word for corn. The family firm based in Almasséra in Valencia´s Horta Nord was formed in 1968 to support the brewing industry. In 1982 they moved into the rice business as well, one of the best know trademarks in the Valencian Community. In 2000 they were founder members, together with several other producers, of the governing body of the Denomination of Origin for Valencian Rice, set up to []

VÍ Vid Reviews Kiko Port Restaurant, Oliva.

Oliva and its sister town of Pego sit astride the boundary between the Marina Alta of Alicante and the La Safor of Valencia Province. Pego is inland without a border on the sea whilst old Oliva with its rural traditions is inland, `new Oliva´ is between the sea and the old town with its new developments, sports port and  restaurants. It was to Kiko Port on the urbanisation of the same name by Oliva´s dunes and sailing port that we were drawn []