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.
The Costa Blanca is a wonderful place due to its excellent weather and lovely little towns that are spread throughout the whole area. Benitatxell, being one of those towns, is where you’ll find Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, home to our best apartment and luxury villa developments. Furthermore, during this season, the landscape transforms to make way for autumn postcards and offers a very special Christmas under the sun and next to the sea. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it’s wintertime here, as the temperatures are so mild and the weather is spectacular, but little by little, the Christmas spirit is sweeping over the region. In fact, we’ve decorated different places at Cumbre del Sol and the residents have decorated their homes to welcome the holidays.
Besides Cumbre del Sol, all the towns and cities that are close by also organise numerous events to celebrate Christmas. This is the case for Benissa that inaugurated their nativity scene on the 1st of December. Music, films, workshops, and a Christmas market…Benissa has everything that you could need to spend a magical time with your family and friends, and just like in years past, the Three Kings will arrive to the city on January 5th to hand out gifts.
Benitatxell is no exception, as they have organised a Christmas market on the 15th of December with food stalls, clothes, arts and crafts, a gymkhana, and the famous “Burreta de Nadal” or Christmas donkey. In addition, children between the ages of 3 and 12 have until December 18th to enrol in Christmas school and do crafts, sports, traditional games and Christmas activities with other children on the 23, 24, 27, 30 and 31st of December and 2nd and 3rd January from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We’ll give you a preview of the whole schedule for the month of December, as on the 24th, Santa Claus will visit the city with a parade starting at 5:00 pm. The youngest ones can watch a film in the social centre on Thursday, the 26th at 6:30 p.m., listen to Christmas carols on the 27th at the church or even watch a puppet show on the 28th at 12:00 pm. We can also tell you that the first week of January will be full of fun Christmas events: a visit from the Three Kings’ messenger (January 2nd), a children’s theatre, Christmas park with blow-ups, face painting and much more (January 4th). Don’t forget the traditional Three Wise Men parade and the distribution of gifts (January 5th at 6:30 pm).
To the south, you’ll find the town of Teulada-Moraira, also close to Cumbre del Sol. After the Teulada English Choir’s Christmas concert on December 6th, the city will be totally immersed in music as the AMCT invites you to attend its Christmas concert scheduled for December 20th in the Santa Catalina church in Teulada. In addition, the Teulada-Moraira Auditorium offers you an exception program during the holidays with a performance of Swan Lake by the Moscow Ballet and they UCAM Symphony Orchestra on December 21st, and the Christmas concert by Alicante’s Youth Orchestra (OJPA) on December 28th. On December 22nd, the city will have a typical Christmas market on Avenida Santa Catalina and the Town hall Plaza, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, in Teulada with local artisanal products. You can also continue until you reach Altea where you’ll find an ice-skating rink, rides, and games that await you in the Plaça del Nadal.
If you’d like to live a different and unique experience, then we recommend visiting the Baleária Port in Dénia. The city has everything up and ready for Christmas, in fact they turned on the lights and kicked off the holiday season on November 30th. Both adults and the younger ones can enjoy the ice-skating rink (until January 6th) and inflatable castles (until January 4th). In addition, the Jauja Port will host a concert by Valencia’s Higher Conservatory Orchestra, magician, Hugo Arcil, will surprise everyone with his tricks on the 23rd, and the children’s show “El Mundo de Drilo,” will take place on December 30th.
Lastly, you can take advantage of Christmas to visit Valencia or Alicante. Cumbre del Sol is conveniently located halfway between the two cities, both offering a multitude of activities throughout the month of December and early January: lights, a Christmas market, Santa Claus’ house, ice skating rinks, slides, a fair, and the Cavalcade of Magi (Three Kings Parade).
The best time of the year begins now and VAPF wants to make sure that you enjoy it to the fullest. Let yourself be swept away by the Christmas spirit and discover everything that’s been organised in the surrounding area to make these holidays exceptional. As for us, we invite you to unleash your creative side by decorating your home and we remind you that the best way to find out about the events we organise is by following us on our Facebook page.
Fallas in Valencia
Valencia’s Fallas Festival 2015, has reached the final stretch. Check below the program of events for the upcoming days, including lighted streets, firecracker shows, fireworks, flower offering and burning of Fallas monuments:
18 March 18 (Wednesday)
11:00 h.: at Sagunto St., tribute to poet Maximilano Tous, author of Valencian anthem lyrics. Fireworks show (more…)
Bioparc Valencia Zoo
Today we would like to suggest a visit to Valencia’s Bioparc Zoo -an exciting day trip especially fun for children- where you will have the opportunity to meet the new baby giraffe born on 11 February. This new baby giraffe is the 8th member of the giraffe herd Zoo.
The mother of the newcomer is Che, a 18 years old giraffe who came to Bioparc in 2007 from the old Viveros Zoo and the father is Julius, 8 years old and the only adult male living in Valencia Bioparc and father of all giraffes born there.
Ruben Blades live in Valencia
Check below the complete program of the Concerts at Valencia July Festival 2012 to be held at Jardines de Viveros Park featuring international acts like George Benson, Ruben Blades and Julieta Venegas, along with Spanish groups such as Love of Lesbian, Amaral and Vetusta Morla.
Friday 6 July: Los Enemigos. A.special concert celebrating their reunion 10 years after their farewell. After that show, Love of Lesbian will present the latest album work “La noche eterna, los días no vividos” (“The eternal night, the day not lived”).