Wine and Weed: Chocolate is Always a Plus


 

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This is the real thing. Cocoa beans from the Caribbean.

 

Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

There is always someone who will look at you when enjoying a glass of wine and dark chocolate. One of my favorite chocolates are Forteza from Cortés. Cortes was the very first chocolate of my childhood. Yes, I know it was when I was over 6 yrs. Old. Chocolate and I had a very rough beginning. I was alla to some debris left in the process from cocoa to chocolate. In my prehistoric knowledge of chocolate, that hot chocolate and queso de papa from my abuela Sole’s kitchen had the most amazing smell ever.

So, I made it to that sad part of my life, enjoying every chocolate I couldn’t take before, on the precise moment. Since I have taste knowledge, I have always love very dark, tanic and sometimes bitter dark chocolate. So I have tasted some good Cabernets from Napa and Chile with chocolate. Also, chiantis, tempranillos –like the one I’m pairing with the Forteza Milk chocolate as I write this paragraph, a pretty dark milk one– and so many others. Just for the thrill of tasting!

It is not only about this chocolate, the Seis de Luberri Cosecha 2014 –not even a crianza from Spain, just a more simple one– goes well with the chocolate and the weed.

Tonight I have chosen a new hybrid Critical Kush. It is a very high one in THC, so it works perfect for me. The flavor of this kush is more terroir like. I really mean earthy, creamier and spiced weed in my tasting buds. With the chocolate goes very well. The cannabis enhances the some sweet flavors of the chocolate. It shows the spicy notes of the wine. So it is no big deal, a good hybrid, a good table wine and a good hybrid go together.

There is a reason why they match so perfectly. There are similar components in all 3 that work wonders on your brain. Let me keep this simple, the 3 together have a blast “on your feel good part of the brain”.

So keeping that in mind, you can work on how to pair foods, spirits and cannabis for you well being.

Let me add a disclaimer: You must be at home, relax, do not operated any machinery or social app, and do this in moderation. Be responsible with yourself and others.

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Weed, Wine and Travels: It’s complicated


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The prime suspect to induced a pairing with Purple Kush.

Some days ago, I came from a family trip on a cruise. For a couple of weeks I was so freaking scare because of my  cannabis treatment. My mantra for this was:

If there is no weed, use wine, if there is no wine, use beer. If there is no beer, use water. If there is no water, you are dead and you need nothing.

I found out an emergency plan that worked very well. I will use my medical cannabis only if necessary while on cruise ship.

This is funny but some information reviewed for this blog, suggested not travelling with cannabis plants. A U.S.A. Medical Cannabis site provided the info.  Isn’t this funny? If you cannot travel with water, com’on people.

All I needed was just a small amount for my treatment. Any how, I’m the one with cancer for the second time in my life. No one else in my family has been so lucky.

The same day I was leaving on the cruise, I had my blood tests back. The results were fine. Later my hematologist confirmed my opinion.

One of the nights at sea we had a very nice wine from  Fatima, Portugal. It was a fair priced wine, that went well with my lamb. Then I thought of the locally hard to find Purple Kush. I mean in Puerto Rico. It will be a good pairing for Don Antonio, Reserva 2014.

The intense flavors of the blend –Alicante,Bouschet, Trincadeira and Aragonez– with the tannins were strong enough to hold the Purple Kush aftertaste. After thinking about the structure of the wine, the complexity of the meat, the aromatic notes of the steamed vegetables, it will also handle very well a strong THC presence hybrid.

I had on my mind so many questions that I will love to ask a Cannabis Chef, from a Fine Dining Restaurant, for my blog. Anyone out there?

I went to Customer Service of board, to ask if in the smoking area you can use a vape. I did not have mine, something I deeply regret.

Sounds really odd to me to go to a designated smoking area. The least I want to inhale is second hand smoke from a fucking cigarette. That is the only way you can use a vape for now on a ship if you are a medical cannabis user. They have to really update their laws and guidelines as more countries are accepting medical cannabis. as cancer therapy.

Besides the U.S.A., in the European Union, quoting an article published on EUobserver.com on January 2018 by Caterina Tani, she writes that “only Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Spain currently authorise marijuana’s use as a medicine – while a few other states are planning legislation on the issue”.In the Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Luxembourg, a small amount for personal use has been decriminalized.

For now, I stick to my plan to enjoy wine on some destinations. My fingers are crossed for reciprocity laws among medical cannabis jurisdictions.  Other privileges for medical cannabis patients must be:

  1. Global Laws to protect the medicinal cannabis patient, honoring the licence issued in his/her country of origin.
  2. Respect and education regarding this issue.
  3. Local laws to prevent the imposition of beliefs against the use of cannabis instead of the scientific and proveen research. And for that matter, all that don’t promote knowledge.

There are many more, I know.  On every destination there will be more to learn about this.

By Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

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Suicide Mode among Chefs


By: Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

After having written about my encounter with the late Chef Anthony Bourdain for Porthole Cruise Magazine, I remembered Benoît Violier, the French chef who committed suicide en 2016 in his restaurant in France.

Is this a trend or just another mystery? Somethings we will never know for sure. The late Anthony Bourdain was a brilliant mind, you can read his point of view in social media. No problem. But was his death something to do with illness or reputation? It will take some weeks to find out, if scientific research is done and published.

Bourdain is not the only one to take this road. Violier did the same in 2016. The chef, according to an article published in The Telegraph, written by Alexandra Williams, was victim of a huge wine scam by a Swiss wine company. The then best chef of the world was 44 years old.

In 2003, Bernard Loiseau was on the verge of loosing his beloved Michelin stars. Under such stress he took his life. According to Eater.com, in an article written by Amy McKeever, published in 2013 “the Michelin Guide may have cover up its role in the affair”.

The late chef Homaro Cantu Jr, who mixed in a bowl food and science, died at 38 yrs old in 2015. He was a very creative chef who gained a Michelin star. Cantu worked with the acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter. Trotter died at 54, on 2013 due to a stroke. Cantu was a visionary in terms of food and environment according an article published in the Chicago Tribune, by Mark Caro.

Chefs David Halls and Peter Hudson had a cooking TV show for 11 years in New Zealand before moving to London. Then BBC was their home. According to pantograph-punch.com, with no formal cooking training, they were excellent hosts, cooks and entrepreneurs. Also, they were lovers in an era when being a homosexual was a crime. After chef Peter Hudson died of cancer in 92, David Halls was so depressed that committed suicide in 93.

All of them left behind a powerful statement, not written in a note, but for us to reflect upon. We are all mortals, with ups and downs. There is no true happiness unless you find it within yourself. As a society, we must really research this behavior. We have to learn that uncontrollable stress, ignorance, hatred, bigotry, and the daily excesses lead us to a complicated emotional state. Seek help from health professionals, understand your human nature. Depression is a burden that you can´t handle alone. Do not be afraid to talk about it. It can happen to anyone you know, including you.

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Wine and Weed: Cherry Wine Strain plus Real Wine


 

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Cherry Wine Strain. I took the picture!

My body is my lab. I have this scientific approach to everything in life nowadays. I really appreciate all my years as agricultural communicator for the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. A plus is my background as wine writer and humanistic approach to everything. This is not a CV just plain reality…so I write as nobody reads, that’s my philosophy.

Being an open book, true to my feelings I decided to shift to wine and weed in my Paquecepas blog. I write from the heart!

With this disclaimer or whatever it is, here I’m analyzing the flavors and effects of the strain cherry wine and Prophecy Red Blend, vintage 2015.

To increase my well being and knowledge, I had to take some steps. When I decided that my CLL was going to be treated with Ayurvedic medicine, spiritual guidance, pharmacological medicine and cannabis, I started out by contacting my dear friend and wine lover Dr. Jaime Claudio Villamil. And in my health ship, a great friend, Dr. Jose Caldera Nieves, is on board, as well as the understanding of my family. This is the great coupage not to a cure for leukemia, I do not expect that, I just want dignity. With that being said, my journey to a better life has been a learning process.

So I’m having a blend of wines from Washington state and California, I’m tasting the  cherry wine strain.

Let me make clear that I’m convinced that this is a hybrid, dominated by sativa. On this century, there are no pure strains due to evolution and breeding. I haven’t had this agricultural issue explained to my bud tender from my professor point of view.

I grinded my flowers and started trying them for the  anti inflamatory properties.

My taste buds are trained for wines and spirits, but here after vaping some of this cherry wine strain, the earthy, humid soil, a little flowery taste comes to mind. After some vaping, I felt a nice up feeling, very relaxed and there is no pain in my neck nodes.

I will have to see it the accumulative results of this strain will really alleviate my neck nodes. But there is something I am proud of, it goes well with the coupage. I really bet on this strain to pair with Zinfandels from California, Primitivo from Italy and even Priorats from Spain.

For now, the after taste is clean and long.

Remember, I’m not a weed guru, just a cannabis user and wine blogger. I came from the sublingual drops to cartridges to grinning. This is better understanding of what cannabis can do for you.

Be you, be well.

Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

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Wine and Weed: Tannins vs. Terpenes


 

Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

Some years ago I sent an email to my grown kids. If cancer comes by again in my life, no chemo or things like that. I had enough radiation for my neck while facing a thyroid cancer that I prefer to use a more logical approach. As a wine lover, enthusiast and journalist on enological matters, I surely prefer wine instead of medicines.

As I now know my diagnostic, CLL, or Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia, caused by radiation for my previous scare, I turned to medical cannabis. Hopefully, Puerto Rico has the Medical Cannabis Law approved. There is a dispensary nearby my house! I decided without pain but with that stupid catholic guilt that cursed me since childhood, that I was going to use it.

With this disclaimer comes my adventurous wine and weed experience. After my trip to California, I left way behind my mixed emotions about cannabis. On my previous blog is what everybody should now, as recreational user or medical one.

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I learned about the Mandarin kush. My guru at the dispensary told me about this hybrid. A 60% indica and 40% sativa. It has a very citrus essence. So being a bud tender giving a review, I decided then to go for this one.

Being into wines, I began to wonder what chemical compound was behind weed. Wine have tannins but cannabis? Then I found out about terpenes.

Wines first, please. Tannins are in every wine. They are phenol substances, astringent, and soluble. They are on the skin and in the seeds of the grape. Winemakers, like my friend Carmelo Rodero, removes the seeds to minimize any harshness in the wine. One of the most renown tannins is resveratrol, good for your health. From heart diseases to stress due to cancer, you can find research studies about the benefits of resveratrol. Resveratrol by its name has been a super tannin since the French Paradox.

How about terpenes? I needed to find out due to my scientific approach to my disease. This is what I found out about them.

As a good student, I turned to Google. One of my favorite sites is www.leafy.com. So there I went. They have a great article 3 important terpenes on https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/benefits-of-cannabis-terpenes-ocimene-terpinolene-and-guaiol.

Ocimene is one of them. You can find it on other plants like mint, mangoes, orchids, basil, parsley, pepper and kumquats. Ocimene is anti everything: antiviral, anti fungal, antiseptic and antibacterial. Of course, is a decongestant. I didn´t know.

Terpinolene, another compound is anticancer, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti fungal. It mainly comes from sativas. The last one, is guaiol, that is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.

You can find this substances in other plants from herbs to spices. It gives their distinctive aromas and affect the mood and the brain. Remember lavender or peppermint? They come naturally on weed and other plants.

Right now, I am pairing my Rasta kush, more sativa than indica hybrid, with a Bordeaux, 2011. No problem with that.

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Adeline Backstreet: Symbiosis of Wine and Weed


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By: Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

Lately I have been writing some columns in English for a web magazine. On my blog it will not be different, just a practice! I have done that before, doing my own translations, and here I am after an unforgettable trip to California, with my sister.

Wines, of course we will had some with delicious and fresh food; local beers, mainly artisan made and even apple cider, produced on a nearby county. There is no doubt about the array of cultures, food, religions, music and beliefs in California. Now days, when recreational marijuana has been approved, for some people in the wine country is going to be competition, for others more confusion and mental rush, and from an increasing amount of tourists means of pairing sativas and indicas, with Sauvignon Blanc or Zinfandel. What about the cannabis hybrids? Not so quick, please. This is a learning process.

As a new member of the medical cannabis society in Puerto Rico, I have to say that I have learned a lot. Since smoking pot was not my thing, just wine and food, but my body and cells have another point of view, I had to overcome the stigma that my Catholic upbringing –although I am agnostic now—had done in my mind. Catholic guilt, gone like forever. That was the first thing to get rid off.

After having my dispensary and my doses sorted out, and honestly I feel quite a relief from my illness, I was on my way to California for a week or so.

No problem, I thought, since California approved Medical Cannabis more than 20 years ago. Now, it has the recreational part included.

Look what I found out as a cannabis patient in the wine country. If you go to Solano County, the city of Vallejo, according to people from a dispensary, if you are not a resident of the state with a valid ID, you cannot buy medical or recreational marijuana.

If you go to Alameda County, Oakland to be exact, the county´s laws are different. You can have any proof of being US citizen and no problem.

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This ambiguity in a new law has many cons for cannabis patients traveling out of their areas. So, counties, states and territories must have reciprocity laws allowing patients with a valid cannabis license to buy their medicine.

In terms of wine and weed, there are several companies in California doing tastings of both. Some of them are: California Cannabis Tours, Sonoma Cannabis Company, MJ Tours. Just google their names.

Many of the tours start in Oakland, as Shawn, from Magnolia Wellness on Adeline Street, explained in my incursion for my pot. “Here we serve medical and recreational cannabis, with different strains, and also hybrids”, he added. Adeline, the name of my godmother comes again to Oakland, I thought.

With a sensorial experience with the one I had, a hybrid infused with tangerine and citrus flavors, mainly sativa, and that´s why I thought about the Savignon Blanc, or perhaps a Verderjo or Vinho Verde, will pair with it.

I have a long way to go, so do laws allowing patients to decide how to treat their conditions. I hope federal government can allow patients to travel with their doses and acknowledge their licenses in every jurisdiction of the USA, territories included.

Next, I suppose, there will be more tourists going to places like California, Colorado, Washington and other states that are feeling this new kinf of tourism. Last but not least, we went to Mendocino county, to visit a couple of wineries and you can smell cannabis on the road to the grapes. Symbiosis.

 

 

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Lujo al Alcance de mi Mano


 

 

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Lalo Antón, del Grupo Artevino.

Por: Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

Retomar mi blog después de este tiempo me da nostalgia. Quisiera excusar mi ausencia pero solo una palabra es suficiente: huracán. Sí, casi llego a los tres meses sin escribir y todavía hago ajustes en mi vida para poder reponerme un poco de esta manifestación de la naturaleza. Formo parte de la historia climática de nuestra era. Así, como los vinos, esta añada ha sido difícil pero fructífera.

Parece que fue ayer cuando con una copa del vino Larrosa, añada 2016, de la bodega riojana Viña Izadi, conversaba con Gonzálo “Lalo” Antón sobre las bondades del vino rosado. Balance, aroma ligeramente afrutado, color tenue, acidez justa, el Larrosa me cautivó tanto que fue uno de mis rosados favoritos cuando reseñaba vinos para una revista. Está elaborado con 100% Garnacha. Ahora, retomándolo, me dí cuenta que es mucho más de lo que imaginaba. Quizás no podía verbalizarlo pero Lalo me dió la respuesta: es un rosado gastronómico. A lo que añado, refrescante. De este rosado se producen 48 mil botellas de las que 24 mil se quedan en España y las otras, a mercados afortunados del resto del planeta.

 

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La Garnacha hecha rosé.

No se me pongan clichosos cuando vean que un vino rosado tiene mucho potencial. Es un vino bien hecho, contrario a muchos de los que pululan en el mercado local.

Luego del rosado pasamos a Pruno del 2015, un vino de altos puntajes desde 2011, que llega de la bodega Villacreces de Ribera del Duero, es orgánico, ecológico y se añeja en roble francés. Mientas escribo esto me parece estar otra vez en España, en el Mercado de San Miguel, tomando Pruno, pisándolo con jamón serrano y charcutería. El Pruno es un vino relajado, afrutado con final limpio, de equilibrio y bastante divertido. Va bien con picaderas, croquetas y una tabla de quesos. Un detallito importante, las parcelas de cepas para este vino están ubicadas al lado de las de Vega Sicilia. ¿Qué vencindario, no?

 

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Pruno, el de la Prunomanía, condición de quien se deja seducir ppor sus encantos.

Entonces llegaron en sucesión el Izadi Selección Rioja 2012, El Regalo 2014 riojano también, y el Orben 2014. el Selección lleva Tempranillo con Graciano mientras que el El Regalo, se elabora 100% con Tempranillo. El Orben, que es un señor vinazo, de corte más moderno, sabores intensos y método de cultivo en microparcelas, a lo boutique wine, lleva Tempranillo con Graciano pero es un nada que ver con el Selección, que es de corte clásico. Tienen estos vinos la rúbrica del grupo Artevino, distinción de uva bien trabajada a precios acequibles. Además de este vino, producen el Malpuesto, cuyo nombre surge de las historias vinícolas de esta bodega. Me falta probarlo a ver cómo compite con sus hermanos.

Volvimos a los vinos que el grupo produce en la Ribera del Duero bajo Villacreces, para deleitarnos: el 2011 y el 2014. Aquí se unen la intensidad, el equilibrio y bondad de las cepas Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon y Merlot. La Cabernet Sauvignon contrasta con la Tempranillo en estructura e intensidad por una maduración tardía, lo que le otorga a estos vinos, en particular al 2014, cuerpo. De hecho, el 2014 solo lleva Tempranillo y un 10% de Cabernet Sauvignon. Los dos son geniales, pero este 2014 tiene un atractivo diferente, enraízado en los sabores de su terroir.

Lalo Antón, hijo del fundador de estas bodegas, que han marcado el panorama enológico de Espana, con presencia además en Toro y en Rueda, más que representar los vinos, es amigo de esta Isla, a la que viene cada vez que encuentra pretexto. El mío ahora es el Malpuesto.

Accede a: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JayGwUJI6o0.

 

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Revamped Menu en Rare 125


 

Por: Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

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La cola de langosta forma parte de lo nuevo en Rare 125.

La idea del revamping, cuando de menús se trata, no es nueva. Así como en cada restaurante hay platos  preferidos, otros se convierten en propuestas flotantes, dependiendo de la temporada de cosecha, disponibilidad de productos frescos, y hasta temporadas del año. El revamping –que defino como renovación justa y necesaria—de los menús, tanto en alimentos como en bebidas, mantiene entretenido el paladar de los comensales, permite mayor diversidad en la creatividad de los chefs y sus equipos de trabajo. En otras palabras, el revamping no da tiempo a aburrirse.

Recientemente, Rare 125, acogedor restaurante de Miramar que se destaca por los cortes cárnicos, adoptó mariscos en su oferta gastronómica, para beneplácito de quienes optan por platos con mariscos  y amoldando su cocina a un número mayor de paladares.

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Chef Xavier Toro, de Rare 125.

Con el chef Xavier Toro, tuvimos la oportunidad de  ver un menú con variantes. “Hay opciones nuevas en los aperitivos y en platos principales, enfocando a los pescados y mariscos como es el caso del Lo Mein de camarones, el Miso de Bacalao con papas majadas y langostas, la cola de langostas con mofongo de pork belly, el linguine a la pescatore y el pulpo a la brasa en los platos fuertes, por ejemplo.  Mientras en los aperitivos podemos optar por sliders asiáticos, dumplings de carne con tamarindo, calamares fritos y mejillones con cantimpalo y caldo de tomate” dijo el entusiasta chef.

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Bacalao sobre papas majadas y mantequilla de langosta.

Para mí, el high light de la noche fue el bacalao con papas pajadas y mantequilla de langosta, y como soy carnívora, las chuletas de cordero.

El revamping se ve también en los cocteles rediseñados por nuestra amiga y barman Kristen Rivera, quien es muy creativa a la hora de presentar sus propuestas,sea con tequila, whisky y otros espiritus que unidos a elementos como jengibre, café, nueces , jugos frescos , siropes te hacen viajar por el sender de las sensaciones y emociones. ¿Qué tal la Flor de Tequila o el Madame du Caña? Nombres sugestivos, que junto con otros, se unen al despertar sensorial en Rare 125.

Rare 125 ubica en el 701 de la Ave. Ponce de León, en Miramar. Cuenta con estacionamiento valet parking y tiene horarios de domingo a jueves de 11:30 am a 10:00 pm. Los sábados y domingo de 11:30 am a 11:00pm.  Para reservas pueden comunicarse al 787-946-4996, y seguir todos  los movimientos de Rare mediante su site www.rare125pr.com o las redes sociales @rare15pr y en Facebook en Rare 125.

Fotos suministradas.

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En cuestión de pastas, no sacrifico calidad


 

 

 

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La Chef Zulaida Escobar, de El Atelier de Cocina Abierta en San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Por: Amanda  Díaz de Hoyo

En el mundo culinario se piensa que preparer una pasta al dente es facilísimo. En casa, mi mama la agregaba al agua hirviendo de una olla profunda que estaba presazonada con sal, y con algo de aceite de oliva. En esos tiempos, la pasta que había en casa era de una caja azul, llamada La Rosa, y nadie se preocupaba si era orgánica o libre de gluten. Claro, para mí era la mejor pasta del mundo pues el componente de cariño maternal no faltaba.

Ah, pero los tiempos cambian y con ellos los estilos. En un viaje a la Toscana, me topé en la casa del Conde de Poppiano, Ferdinando Guicciardini, con la Marie, quien comandaba la cocina. Ella me llegó a comentar que solo usaban la pasta Barilla por su calidad, pues es la que más se parece a la fresca. Digo, si lo dice una italiana, hay que creer con fe. Desde entonces, la pasta que hago en casa es de esa marca pero ¿por qué? Fácil, es la que mejor me queda, al dente, y luego de ver una presentación en La Cocina del Atelier, en la que la chef ejecutiva Zulaida Escobar Rivera, mi forma de preparar el agua para las pastas cambió. Solo agrego sal al agua, espero que hierva  y agrego la pasta, la que prefiero integral cada vez que se pueda. El aceite de oliva, lo agrego luego de enfriarla un poco y escurrirla bien.

Eso sí, hay varias  cosas con las que no puedo transar, una me gusta el aceite de olive extra virgen, el buen queso, y uso orégano de hoja Chiquita cultivado en casa, al igual que la albahaca.  En vez de 8 minutos, como sugiere la chef, la dejo 10 minutos porque a mi humilde entender queda un poco más suave pero al dente. No sé si se trata de la olla, la estufa eléctrica versus la de gas, pero el experimento con el tiempo medido a 8 deja la pasta un poco cruda.

 

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Los vegetales frescos no pueden faltar a la hora de preparar la salsa y los complementos de una rica pasta.

 

A la verdad, que una buena pasta nunca falla y combinarla con un chianti clásico de los que hay varios en el Mercado pero si consigues los de Poppiano mejor, si la salsa lleva carne roja o salsas de tomate, una ensalada verde con vinagre balsámico y más aceite de oliva, algo de pan fresco con ajo es comida de momento zen, en familia.

 

 

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Catena Zapata y sus Vinos de Altura


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Una expresión soberbia del Chardonnay.

Por: Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

Mencionar Catena Zapata es llamar a Argentina casi a pulmón.  Sabemos de la gesta de esta bodega de familia que tiene vinos para todos los gustos y presupuestos, pero nos maravilla su constante innovación para hacer de los vinos que produce algo más allá de la copa. Esas técnicas innovadoras, el estudio contínuo y la filosofía francesa del terroir puesta en práctica allá en Mendoza muestran lo que es capaz de hacer un equipo enológico de primer orden: vinos que compitan con los más grandes del mundo.

Así, pensando en este reto tuve la oportunidad de probar vinos de Catena Zapata de alt agama, uno de ellos el White Bones añada 2013, proveniente del viñedo Adrianna. Se trata de un Chardonnay bien equilibrado, armonioso, con estupenda nariz de frutas y flores, muy redondo y con un punto de ácidez bien controlado.  Luego pasamos al Nicasia vineyard 2012 y al Malbec Argentino añada 2012. Aquí me detengo, pues entre el Nicasia y el Malbec Argentino, la diferencia mayor es que la fermentación del primero es de unos 15 días y la del Segundo, va entre los 30 a 32 días. La otra es el terroir y su composición. Esto se nota en la copa.  Pasamos al Mundus Bacillus Terrae 2011 y yo asustada porque el orden de los vinos no era lógico ya que después vendría el Fortuna Terrae 2012 para finalizar con el Nicolas Catena Zapata 2010. Eso de 11 primero que el 12, jum me puso a pensar. Una vez degustados los vinos, felicité al sumiller Eduardo Dumont, de Méndez y Compañía, por la colocación de los vinos en ese orden peculiar, para destacar la potencia y la expresión de ese Fortuna Terrae 2012, que parece un vino de más tiempo  del que tiene en etiqueta, pues resulta elegante, fino, con taninos sedosos pero presentes y un post gusto limpio. Claro, el Nicolás Catena Zapata 2010, ese coupage de Malbec y Cabernet Sauvignon, ya con 7 años de evolución, me pareció el mejor de la tarde por su elegancia y armonía. Eso sí, no puedo dejar de pensar en la expresión del White Bones 2013.

Hay buenas excusas para volver a probar los vinos de Catena Zapata.

Pueden acceder a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-WDlMtbajc.

 

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Catena Zapata and its High End Wines

By: Amanda Díaz de Hoyo

To say Catena Zapata is to call Argentina out loud. We know of the deeds of this family owned winery  that have wines for all tastes and budgets, but marvel us its constant innovation to make wines which produces something beyond the wine glass. The Catena Zapata winemaking team, with innovative techniques, continuous studies and using the French philosophy for the terroir is capable of producing wines that can compete with the best of the world. Thinking about this challenge, I had the opportunity to taste high end Catena Zapata wines, one of them  was the White Bones add 2013, from Adrianna vineyard. It is a balanced, harmonious Chardonnay, with superb  nose of fruits and flowers, very round and with controlled point acidity. Then there were Nicasia vineyard 2012 and Argentine Malbec, also 2012. I  have to stop here, because between the Nicasia and Argentine Malbec, the biggest difference is that  fermentation  of the first one is about 15 days and that of the second is between 30 to 32 days. Another difference is in the terroir and its composition. This is obvious by tasting them.  Then came the  Mundus Bacillus Terrae 2011 and got I scared because the order of the wines did not seem logical to me since after it we will taste the Fortune Terrae 2012 and at the end there was Nicolas Catena Zapata 2010. That 11 of the 12 first, hum  that got me thinking.

Once I tasted the wines, I congratulated the sommelier Eduardo Dumont, from Méndez and Company, for choosing that order the wines  to highlight the power and the expression of that Fortune Terrae 2012, which seems an older wine because it is elegant, fine, silky with good tannins and a clean aftertaste.  It is clear, the Nicolas Catena Zapata 2010, that blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, with 7 years of evolution, seemed to me the best of the afternoon for its elegance and harmony. But wait, I can´t  stop thinking of the beautiful  White Bones 2013.

There are good excuses to taste again the Catena Zapata wines. Check our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-WDlMtbajc.

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