Photographs by Bob Quesada from wine tasting at XIXON on 12/19/12

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.

For a list of the wines please scroll past the photos.

If you cannot see the images please click on post title.

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To order wines:  info@xixoncafe.com

D.O. RIOJA

Marques de legarda Cza.2008                      Marques de Legarda Rva.2007    Marques de Legarda Gran Rva.

 

D.O. BIERZO

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

D.O. CAVA

Torello Brut Rva.              Torello Rose Rva.

 

D.O. RIBERA DEL DUERO

CONDE DE SIRUELA

Riberal Joven 2011          Barrica 2010                 Crianza 2007                Reserva 2006               Magnum

D.O. TORO

Muruve  Joven 2010         Muruve  Crza.  2009         Muruve  Rva.   2008

 

D.O. COSTERS DEL SEGRE

Ekam 2011 Riesling                        Taleia 2011 Sou.Blnc       Quest 2010 Cabrnt

D.O. MONTSANT

Faunus 2010                 Nuvol Blanco 2011

 

D.O. PRIORAT

Flors del Priorat 2011      Gotes 2010           Negre de Negres         Somni  2009       Tros de Clos 2010

Tros Negre 2010       Trossos Sants 2010    Tros Blanc 2009

 

30% discount per bottle

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