VÍ Vid visits Bodega Joan de La Casa, DO Alicante.

There is a significant trend in winemaking, particularly amongst small wine-makers to avoid using chemicals in the process, including even sulphites. Only natural products are considered acceptable such as manuring the land by allowing local shepherds to let their sheep pass through the vineyards and  the use of crops grown between the vines which act as a green manure.  There is a total respect for the land and the natural flora and fauna, the environment as a whole and much of the []

VÍ Vid Returns to Kiko Port, Oliva.

Back in February we visited Kiko Port restaurant during their Jornadas del Arroz, a month dedicated to traditional rice dishes  from La Safor. We were very impressed with the dedication to producing food with a Km.0 philosophy, sourcing the ingredients  and only choosing the best, artesan products such as olive oil, rice, embutidos, fish and vegetables from local quality producers. We reported then on one of the many varied menus available. On Wednesday 19th July,  as we had a nearby bodega visit []

`Fiesta de la Burbuja´, Valencia´s `Summer Festival´- VÍ Vid with FASCV.

Following the three top events in Valencia´s wine world, the `Nit de Ví´ of DO Valencia, `Placer de Bobal´ of DO Utiel-Requena and `Winecanting Festival´of DO Alicante the last of the Summer fairs before the holidays begin is the`Fiesta de  las Burbujas.´Organised by FASCV ( The Federation of Associations of Sumilleres in the Valencian Community which brings together the individual associations in Castellon, Alicante and Valencia). The fair is held over  two nights. The first of these took place in Alicante in []

Bodegas Vegamar enter the Premium Gin Market….A VÍ Vid report.

  Bodegas Vegamar have launched two new premium Gins onto the market this week and gin drinkers are going to love them both! The launch took place in Valencia´s iconic Umbracle on Monday evening 26 June with a packed audience enjoying a celebratory light buffet accompanied by wines from the bodega before the main event, a presentation and tasting of the new products. The event is part of a series of such events launching `Gin City-Valencia´and `Gin City-London´onto the National market. Although []

3º Concurso, Arròs del Senyoret `Ciudad Betera´. A VÍ Vid report.

  Arròs del Senyoret is one of the great seafood dishes in the canon of Valencian gastronomy, taking its name from the paella cooked for the gentry. The seafood is prepared by removing the shells so that those eating it did not have to soil their fingers whilst eating it. Like all the great seafood dishes the stock is the key ingredient in providing the depth of flavour but this is of course added to by the quality and variety of seafood []

1st Singular Wines Fair, Jesus Pobre, a VÍ Vid Report.

London has had its RAW wine fair for some time but this is the first wine fair dedicated to `Singular´wines, (Ecologic or Biodynamic, natural wines where respect for the environment, recovery of lost varieties of vines and special handling in the winery are the key considerations for the winemaker) to be held in Valencia. These wines deserved to be presented in a special location and the RiuRau del Senyoret in the village of Jesus Pobre, close to Javea was chosen by the []

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 []