Cata de Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana en El Ajedrez Beach Club/Wine tasting by Hidalgo La Gitana Winery at the Ajedrez Beach Club


Un rico mojito de amontillado Napoleón fue el recibimiento a la cata de Bodegas Hidalgo en El Ajedrez Beach Club.  Una vez ya instalados arriba en el salón de la puesta de sol, catamos el siguiente vino, Las 30 del Cuadrado, un vino de cepas muy viejas, con ostras y nigiri flameado de salmonete con sal de caviar. (Lo siento, cuando fui a hacer la foto ya me había comido la ostra!)

A tasty mojito made with Napoleón amontillado sherry was part of the welcome greeting, upon our arrival at the Ajedrez Beach Club for the Hidalgo Winery wine tasting.  Once we made ourselves comfortable in the “sunset-view” room we tried our next wine.  It was “Las 30 del Cuadrado”, a wine made from very old vine-stock.  We paired it with some oysters and some red mullet flambé nigiri sushi  seasoned with some caviar salt. (I apologize, but when I remembered to take the photo I had already eaten the oyster!)Seguimos la cata con Fermín Hidalgo, octava generación de esta bodega sanluqueña, que nos explicó los diferentes vinos generosos que había elegido para esta ocasión.  Manzanilla La Gitana con nigiri “Ebi Yuzu Koshou” (langostino).  Eramos un grupo muy variado, ingleses, americanos, franceses, vascos, de la provincia de Cádiz, y de León, nada menos que cinco!!

We continued the tasting while Fermín Hidalgo, eighth generation of this Sanlúcar winery, introduced the different sherry wines that he had selected for this occasion.  We tried La Gitana manzanilla along with an “Ebi Yuzu Koshou” nigiri  (made with prawns).  We were a very diverse group that night.  With English, Americans, French, Basques, and other Spaniards from the province of Cádiz, and there were five from León!! Seguimos con la Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana.  Esta manzanilla tiene una vejez de 12 años y es de un único pago.  La disfrutamos con un niguri de pargo, Momiji Oroshi.  El amontillado Napoleón era un vino que se vendía a granel y fue cambiando de nombre según la historia, es decir, cuando llegaron los ingleses se vendía como Wellington y más tarde como Faraón que era un lider de la resistencia.  Lo acompañamos con una excelente carne de Ávila con mantequilla almendrada.  Finalmente un Ribera del Duero, -Cuerno- con un favorito de todos, el crujiente de Rabo de Toro.

We continued by trying the Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada.  This manzanilla has been aged for 12 years and is made with grapes from a single-estate vineyard.  We enjoyed it with a red snapper niguri sushi  – Momiji Oroshi.    We then tasted the Napoleón amontillado, which is a wine that, in the past, was sold straight out of the barrel.  Its name would change in order to adapt to history :  when the English arrived it was sold as Wellington and later it was sold as Faraón,  who was a Spanish rebel leader. We paired it with some excellent Ávila beef, seasoned with some almond butter. Our final wine, was Cuerno, a Ribera del Duero red wine.  We paired it with an all time favorite, a crunchy roll filled with Ox-tail meat.Estábamos encantadas ya que nos acompañaban Momoko Izumi, Sherry Explorer Honoraria, que vino desde Tokio a participar en la Copa Jerez y nuestro buen amigo y bodeguero y Sherry Explorer, Jaime González Gª Mier.  Una tarde divertida, en un sitio maravilloso, con gente genial y aprendimos mucho de los vinos de Bodegas Hidalgo.

We were especially pleased because we were accompanied by both Momoko Izumi, an Honorary Sherry Explorer who came from Tokyo to participate in the Copa Jerez, and by wine-maker and Sherry Explorer, Jaime González Gª Mier.  It was a fun evening, in an incredible place, with wonderful people, and we learned a lot about the fantastic wines of the Hidalgo Winery.

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