You put together about thirty four of the best Spanish wines, serve them in the best Spanish restaurant, bring in aged Manchego cheese, add Jamón Ibérico-“A gastronomic Jewel” (more on that in a minute), get the Web City Girls to promote it …and you end up with: “Navidad a la Española” or “Christmas Spanish Style”.
Xixón at 2101 Coral Way in Miami, was the place to be this past Wednesday as a few hundred people gathered to celebrate the Holidays by participating in a wine tasting incorporating live music,social media, raffles, contests and giveaways.
The restaurant, named after the Asturias region of Spain called Gijón, also offered Jamón Ibérico which is ham, made from the black footed, free range, acorn fed pig from the Salamanca region of Spain. The ham is cured for up to 48 months. The flavor is indescribable. If you thought that ham had too much cholesterol, consider this: Because of the pig’s diet of acorns, much of the fat is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. Just try it.
If it is any indication of just how good this party was, let’s just say that twitter is still buzzing 24 hours after the event.
As I was enjoying the evening festivities, sampling an awesome Ribera del Duero Reserva, Lidia Hernandez who does the PR for the restaurant came by smiled and said in Spanish: ”…well…you can’t complaint… great wine, great cheese and great ham…” to which I answered: “ You are right…from here to heaven…” then I remembered the rumor: the world ends this Friday… hmmm I better eat some more and get some more wine… just in case.
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Marques de legarda Cza.2008 Marques de Legarda Rva.2007 Marques de Legarda Gran Rva.
Tres Racimos 2007 Viña de Canes Crianza 2003
D.O. RIBERA DEL DUERO
PAGO DE LOS CAPELLANES
Joven Roble Crianza 2009 Reserva 2008 Nogal 2005 Picon 2005 Magnum
Torello Brut Rva. Torello Rose Rva.
D.O. RIBERA DEL DUERO
CONDE DE SIRUELA
Riberal Joven 2011 Barrica 2010 Crianza 2007 Reserva 2006 Magnum
Muruve Joven 2010 Muruve Crza. 2009 Muruve Rva. 2008
D.O. COSTERS DEL SEGRE
Ekam 2011 Riesling Taleia 2011 Sou.Blnc Quest 2010 Cabrnt
Faunus 2010 Nuvol Blanco 2011
Flors del Priorat 2011 Gotes 2010 Negre de Negres Somni 2009 Tros de Clos 2010
Tros Negre 2010 Trossos Sants 2010 Tros Blanc 2009
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