The Best Wine Pairings for your Favourite Mediterranean Dishes

The Best Wine Pairings for your Favourite Mediterranean Dishes

After so much time at home, we’re sure most of you have started to experiment in the kitchen and some are even on your way to becoming amateur chefs. Previously, we  gave a few suggestions of dishes to try at home that are full of Mediterranean flavour. Now that you’re an expert on cooking the crowned jewels of Spanish cuisine, it’s time you learn which regional wines pair best with each dish. Alicante, aside from being known for its beautiful crystalline beaches and amazing weather, is also famous for having a renowned wine culture that bears fruit to absolute delicacies.

Perhaps the most famous regional wine is the Muscatel white wine, made entirely from the Alejandría muscatel grape. These grapes are characteristic to the Marina Alta region and give the wine its strong and elegant aroma. It’s only fitting that wines from this region pair beautifully with seafood and rice dishes. We recommend you try the award-winning Marina Alta from the Bocopa winery with a plate of arròs a banda or paella.

Merseguera wine is another, albeit lesser-known, white wine from Valencia and Alicante.  This wine is made from a very sustainable variety of grapes of the same name, and is usually only available in Spain. We recommend you try Rascaña, made by the Baldover 923 winery in Valencia. This wine has received high ratings from important wine critics thanks to its citrus notes that are so characteristic of the region it comes from. It pairs great with arroz negro or fideuá.

For those who prefer red wine, we suggest Monastrell wines. This wine is known around the world by its French name, Mourvedre, which derives from the Valencian town Morvedre. The grape variety used in its production dates back to fifteenth-century Valencia and its taste varies depending on the area it is grown. The Monastrell from Alicante is especially renown thanks to its unmatched freshness. We recommend Tarima, made by the Volver winery. This wine has won several awards and pairs well with barbecue, perfect with the warm weather that’s fast approaching.

The Monastrell grape is also used to make Fondillon, a special style of wine made only in Alicante and only from this grape. It also has a higher alcohol level in comparison to other wines. Another unique characteristic is that it’s sold solely after being aged for a minimum of 10 years, giving it its distinctive and bold flavour, making it the perfect choice to end any meal. Fondillon’s rich and oaky body has caramel and honey notes which pair beautifully with any dessert. Don’t miss out on trying this wine’s sophisticated and traditional taste.

These are only some of the gastronomic gems Alicante has to offer. There’s no better pairing to wine than sunshine, beaches and absolute relaxation – which is why your home at Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol is the best place to enjoy a glass of any one of these wines. Don’t forget to follow us on our social networks and keep up to date with our latest news on our blog.

What do you need to know and do about COVID-19?

What do you need to know and do about COVID-19?

Given the extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves in Spain, it is imperative that everyone come together and cooperate during this time, which means that social responsibility and commitment are of vital importance. Therefore, here at VAPF, we want to convey the importance of respecting the measures taken by the Government to the residents of Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our residents, which is why we have decided to close our offices to the public. However, we will continue to work and provide service to the public by phone: 965 734 017 and e-mail: vapf@vapf.com.

Nevertheless, we would like to stress the importance and responsibility of staying at home right now to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To do this, we leave you with a series of precautionary measures and recommendations to take on a daily basis:

  1. First of all, the best thing to do is to stay at home. You are only permitted to leave your home for matters of utmost necessity: to do the shopping, to go to the pharmacy, health care centres, to go to the workplace, kiosks, banks and insurance companies, to travel to and from workplaces, to take out pets, and lastly, to accompany elderly or vulnerable people.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth, when possible.
  4. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nostrils with your elbow or with a tissue.
  5. If you have any symptoms, wear a mask. The use of a mask is not necessary if you are healthy.
  6. Do not share personal items such as glasses, cutlery, etc.

In addition to the measures taken by the Government, the health authorities ask that if you start to have or notice any symptoms, please do not go to any health centre, but instead contact the Conselleria de Sanitat directly at 900 300 555. The health staff will tell you what instructions to follow. This will help avoid the collapse of the health services, it is only recommended to visit in the case of an emergency.

Below, we remind you of the medical centres near Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, in case you need to visit or contact them:

  • Benitatxell Health Centre – Plaça Nova, 23. Telephone: 965 73 90 75.
  • Teulada Health Centre – C/ Doctor José Pitarch, s/n. Telephone: 965 73 90 85.

Now, more than ever, we want to be by your side so that you can soon continue to enjoy your life on the Costa Blanca. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us and follow our social networks to keep up to date with our latest news.