Morcilla (pronounced mor•see•ya) is sausage using a pig’s intestine and filled with pig’s blood that is cooked or dried and mixed with a filler (rice, beef [or pork meat], onions, cilantro, chiles, garlic) until it is thick enough to solidify when cooled. Variants of the morcilla are found in all corners of the world, using sheep, duck, or goat blood instead, varying by country. Early version of the blood sausage can be traced to cave paintings at Narbone, Bordeaux and Rheims, France. The first known written mention of morcilla was as early as 800 BC when it appeared in Homer’s classic, The Odyssey. In book twenty, Homer wrote, “As when a man besides a great fire has filled a sausage with fat and blood and turns it this way and that and is very eager to get it quickly roasted…”
We were very proud to sponsor this beautiful, yearly event organized by La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña (the Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House) in the historic Spanish Harlem district of Manhattan (aka as “El Barrio”) where the community celebrated the food and music of the Puerto Rican mountains. Located in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico’s diverse cuisine will be a focus for us in pairing our featured selections from Europe.
We look forward to exploring stories of Europe and the Caribbean, a combination of cultures dating back to 1492…
The Marqués de Riscal Vineyard Hotel is what happens when architect Frank Gehry is influenced by the wine of La Rioja. This luxury hotel is in Elciego, the town/municipality located at the southern part of Álava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain. Gehry incorporated methods previously used in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It was built by Ferrovial. Continue reading “The Architect Frank Gehry in La Rioja”
Utiel celebrated “250 AÑOS A LA LUZ DE LAS VELAS” (250Years in the Light of Candles). In 1764, farmers and beekeepers, in gratitude to La Virgin de los Remedios (a title of the Virgin Mary developed by the Trinitarian Order) for driving away a great storm, lit in the parish temple “as many lights as bees were counted in a swarm “. It is the oldest candle event in Spain. The yearly event, which takes place between the 7th and 9th of June, aims to energize the city’s heritage and economy. Continue reading “The Candles of Utiel, A 250 Year Celebration”
“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” — Nelson Mandela. The road ahead is about more milestones — bigger, faster, greater, our primordial drivers. Milestones are the metrics of life that tell us we are living, conquering, growing — not just alive. “Cuvée Esperanza” SPREZZATURA brut prosecco is how we celebrate milestones, and gatherings, before continuing on our road ahead.
We are proud to sponsor the 2019 Montclair Film Festival. Culture and arts are divine drivers of society, from working class students, across the populace, to institutional spectacles. We have a unique perspective of growth and nurturing local talent and resources. And we are proud to lend a hand to the intrepid filmmakers of this year’s festival.
If Bordeaux is in a class by itself when it comes to succulent French red wine, then what could we find that’s comparable in Spain, with such depth, dark fruits, and complexity? While Rioja may be the quick answer, Priorat, the only other DOC (denominación de origen calificada [denomination of qualified origin]) wine of Spain, is very much worth closer attention.
We’re a few weeks into March, the month that brings back the spring season. But once the sun sets, it’s still bitterly cold here in New York City. When I get up tomorrow, it’s going to be 36°F. That does not say “spring” to any sane soul. Even in our spectacularly intrepid city, few are out in shorts and tank tops in the evenings sipping prosecco. We’re just not there yet!
We begin this month in the cold, but in love. Our defiant New York City sits on a rough patch of rocks that, in winter, is exposed to things like “nor’easters”, and the “Polar Vortex”! But our love for good living continues to push us forward each day through the wilderness, so we can do the good work, come home, and dream for a better tomorrow. And for all our cold, crazy, love-filled journeys in February, we suggest bubbles!
With all the effects global warming is having through the winemaking regions of the world (including the fires in California!), it is never too soon to stock up on great wine bargains for the coming winter.
We look forward to exploring some choice selections here for you.