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At this time of the year we have many Christmas lunches and dinners planned so it's essential to get the most appropriate wine on each occasion. Wines that are DO Almansa are a sure bet for the great variety of possibilities that they offer and for their power to satisfy even the most refined noses and palates. Among the types of D.O. Almansa wines, we can find anything from young white and rosé wine, aged red, reserva and gran reserva. The key to getting the wines right at each Christmas event depends not only on the variety of grape and type of wine you choose, but also on how you pair it. Therefore, we give you some recommendations to know exactly how to pair your DO Almansa wines with the Christmas meals that tend to be on our tables during these holidays. Do Almansa Red Wines pairing Wines made with Garnacha Tintorera, so characteristic of the DO Almansa, are perfect for very tasty or powerful meat dishes. They fit perfectly with sheep's cheese and to accompany vegetables such as pepper and eggplant. The Monastrell grape variety produces high quality wines. They are often red or sweet wines that are usually associated with the appetizer or the dessert. Pairing it with the traditional nougat so typical during these Christmas holidays, usually tends to give very good results. Speaking of appetizers or starters, this wine variety is also ideal for pairing with foie grass or with cheeses, especially the uncured ones and made out of sheep's milk. This grape variety offers very versatile wines, so if you want it to be part of the main dishes, you can also pair it with grilled red meats or lamb stew. Merlot wines are a perfect match with sweets such as quince, chocolate fondant or even the traditional Miguelitos de La Roda. The Syrah variety makes spicy wines with great flavor, ideal for entertaining Christmas appetizers with strong cheeses such as goat cheese, Roquefort, Gouda, Parmeggiano or Gorgonzola. It also triumphs in meals accompanying the main dish if it is fatty fish such as salmon or meats flavored with herbs and other spices. The Cabernet Sauvignon gives high quality wines very appropriate to accompany with game meats, especially if they are prepared on the grill or in barbecues. The Petit Verdot, on the other hand, pairs perfectly with cold meats or seafood so typical at this time of the year. In the case of sausages, the salty touch is more evident with these acid flavored wines. DO Almansa White Wines Pairing Chardonnay grape wines are the best choice when you serve white wines at parties, since this type of grape makes quality and finesse wines with which you will not fail for the Christmas toasts. They also pair wonderfully with seafood or with more risky choices like tartar or tataki. Sauvignon Blanc wines are good companions for starters such as salads, from Caesar-style salads to fruit salads. But they also pair well with creamy and fatty cheeses, since acid wines contrast perfectly with cheeses such as ricotta, brie or camembert. The Verdejo is a grape that results in wines with ideal aromatic volume to go along with all kinds of fish, especially those with a mild flavor. They also pair very well with seafood, especially if it's steamed. Also, if you like sushi, the --Verdejo pairs perfectly. With which DO Almansa wines will you accompany your family meals this Christmas?...

A launch and a tasting of wines from the Almansa Denominación de Origen The Almansa Denominación de Origen presented its latest wines in Seville on 4 December. The way that D.O. Almansa wines have come on in recent years was displayed at a public event aimed at Seville’s wine and restaurant professionals. Those in attendance had the chance to get to know the philosophy behind the wines and their main competitive advantages. fhfjfj https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4PcQM04mNk   The event took place in the Casa Regional (Regional Centre) of Castilla La Mancha in Seville, which celebrates the gastronomic and cultural treasures of its home region. The members of the Casa were invited to attend at a second showing, so that they could enjoy an evening of quality, tradition and the taste of home. After the premiere of the new film showing how the Almansa Denominación de Origen is a wine region on the up, a series of wines that represent the region and its grape varieties was served. These, ranging from young red wines, oak-aged crianzas and older reservas to fresh white wines from this year’s harvest, along with the explanations of how the different styles are made and how each needs its own special handling, were the hit of the evening.   The Almansa Denominación de Origen Consisting of just 12 wineries, the Almansa Denominación de Origen is one of the most recent wine regions in Spain to appear on the map. It is in the province of Castilla La Mancha, sitting at an altitude of 700 m and enjoying a continental climate. The quality of the wines is shown by their success on the international market. Over 70% of the wine is exported, selling in over 80 countries. D.O. Almansa, for those looking to explore wines from further afield The wines of D.O. Almansa, still relatively unknown, are a treasure trove for wine lovers and those willing to explore further afield in the search for something out of the ordinary. The star of the show is the signature local grape variety Garnacha Tintorera, a grape that stands out for both its flavours and intense, concentrated ruby red colour. It is perfect for making well-balanced wines with good fruit concentration. D.O. Almansa wines are excellent value for money, and are well-suited to all sorts of establishments and consumers, particularly those who like quality wines that offer good body, heady aromas and also taste great....

Last week the Second D.O. Almansa Wine Salon took place at the Hotel Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía in Madrid, organized jointly with “Mi Vino” magazine. The Almansa regulatory authority (Denominación de Origen or D.O.) was there to display the twelve wineries that make up the D.O. along with their quality wines. Over the course of a day in which over 600 visitors were welcomed, D.O. Almansa was proud to put on show the distinctive qualities of the wines from the region, born of the landscape in which the grapevines grow and where they give fruit to the distinctive native grape varieties of the area. As well as learning more about a wine region that is increasingly on the map, the members of the trade, distributors, specialist journalists and members of the general public who attended were treated to a tasting of wines from the DO’s wineries and able to savour their unique qualities. DO Almansa The Almansa Denominación de Origen is one of the smallest wine appellations in Spain, comprising just 12 bodegas or wineries. These wines are enjoyed in over 20 countries around the world, as over 80% of the wine made here is exported to a range of countries, including Japan, China, Canada and the USA. Though these wines can be a bit of a hidden secret in Spain itself, wine has been made here for centuries, and they offer a delightful find for the food and wine lover who looks beyond the usual suspects routinely lined up on wine lists....

Winegrowing in Almansa probably dates from the 16th century, and wine has been produced in the region ever since. Almansa stands around 700 metres (2,300 feet) above sea level in the eastern corner of the province of Albacete, bordering Valencia, Alicante and Murcia. The denomination of origin, established in 1975, encompasses 8 boroughs and 7,600 hectares (some 19,000 acres) of land under vine. It includes the boroughs of Almansa, Alpera, Bonete, Corral Rubio, Higueruela, Hoya Gonzalo, Pétrola and the locality of El Villar de Chinchilla, all within the province of Albacete. In the past, the wines of this region were in great demand in other European markets for their high alcohol levels and deep colour, and they were often mixed with wines from more northerly climes, where fermentation could be more difficult, in order to add those qualities of colour and strength. These wines were traditionally shipped in bulk. Today, the winemakers of the region use modern technology to make quality bottled wine, which is winning over the palates of wine-drinkers in over 25 countries. The leading grape varieties for red wine in the Denominación de Origen Almansa are Garnacha Tintorera (which, with its unusual red flesh, produces wines of intense colour and full flavour) and Monastrell (which produce wines that are powerful and full-bodied, with a hint of sweetness). These wines are characterized by their complex aromas (of ripe fruit, smoke, a touch of log fire) and richly intense colour. The excellent levels of acidity along with rigorous oversight of the fermentation process make them ideal for the production of high quality wines well-suited to ageing in oak casks to gain ‘Crianza’, ‘Reserva’ and ‘Gran Reserva’ status. Though best known for its red wines, it also produces fresh young white wines and fruity, young, sometimes sweet, rosés. The white wines, made from Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, are light, but with a yellow richness, and are moderately aromatic. The rosé wines run from bright strawberry-pink in colour to a lighter pink with hints of orange. These are fresh, light wines, that are vivaciously fruity in the mouth....

The Almansa Denominación de Origen was established in 1966 and stretches eastwards in Albacete province, encompassing 8 boroughs, with 7,600 hectares (some 19,000 acres) under vine. It currently consists of 750 winegrowers and twelve wineries that, over the course of 2015, produced 62,553 hectolitres (1,652,475 US gallons) of wine, of which around 80% was sold in the international market. Long-established family wineries work in tandem with the more recently formed cooperatives to continue the development of the wines and the reputation for quality of the Almansa DO. The locality of Almansa itself is home to Bodegas Piqueras and the various grape varieties that go into the making of its Castillo de Almansa and Valcanto wines; Bodegas Virgen de Belén has the Mirador and Señorío de Almansa and Cañada de Belén lines; Hacienda ‘El Espino’ produces the 1707 range; Bodegas Atalaya makes the Laya, Alaya Tierra and La Atalaya del Camino wines; Bodegas Almanseñas produces the oak-aged Adaras Reserva, the younger style Calizo and the intermediate crianzas La Huella and Parcela; and Bodegas Matamangos’ wines are Matamangos Mod and Calx. Nearby Higueruela is where Bodegas Cano grows the different grape varieties that make up its Cañada del Soto and 1860 wines, and the Santa Quiteria de Higueruela Cooperative produces its Altitud and Tintoralba wines. Bodegas El Tanino, with its 1752 range, is to be found in Hoya-Gonzalo. The Santa Cruz Cooperative is in Alpera, where it produces its Santa Cruz de Alpera, Albarroble and Rupestre Alpera wines. Finally, Bonete is home to Bodega Dehesa El Carrascal and the grapes that go into the making of their Tudon’s and Dulcemar wines. These wineries are notable for the way they work together, supporting each other, and year on year they harvest new national and international awards for the excellence of their wines and the quality of their grapes. At present the emphasis is on three grape varieties: Garnacha Tintorera, which provides excellent structure, accounts for 60% of the area under vine; Monastrell, a native variety, makes up 13% of production; and Syrah, which has adapted particularly well to this area, produces excellent spicy wines....

In recent years, the wines of DO Almansa have been on everyone’s lips, metaphorically and literally. The wines have fanned the passion of those who already knew the charms of the region, and are gaining new admirers with every glass. 2016 is proving to be a great year. The wines have won award after award across a range of national and international competitions. The most recent vintage is highly promising and has tantalized the palates of those who have tried it. Bodegas Piqueras achieved three silver medals this summer in the highly regarded international competition Mundus Vini 2016. The prize-winning wines were: Castillo de Almansa Crianza, Castillo de Almansa Reserva and Valcanto Syrah. And in the 2016 Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards a gold medal was awarded to Valcanto Syrah 2012 and a silver to Castillo de Almansa Reserva 2011. Bodegas Matamangos won the ‘gran oro’ (‘top gold’) medal, the highest recognition of merit at CIVAS (Concurso Internacional de Vinos Akatavino Sumilleres de España – the Akatavino International Wine Competition for Spanish Sommeliers), with MataMangos Calx included among the top wines overall. This wine has also been elevated to the victors’ rostrum of the Guía del Vino Cotidiano 2016-2017 as one of the best wines in Spain. Bodega Santa Cruz de Alpera won the ‘Manojo de Bronce’ (‘Bunch of Bronze’) prize in the Young Whites category of the ‘Premios Manojo’ (‘Bunch Prizes’) at the National Wine Competition in Tordesillas. In addition to the above, the 2016 and 2017 editions of Spain’s market-leading Peñín Guide awarded a score of 90 points to the winery’s Albarrobles Selección and Rupestre de Alpera wines. Bodega Dehesa El Carrascal won prizes at the Gran Selección 2016 awards for the 2015 and 2014 vintages of Tudon’s as the best wine of distinguished quality in the red wine category, and also a gold medal at the Bacchus Wine International Competition, and among other honours the wine was awarded 90 points by the ‘GFW Wine Association’. Several medals were won at the Gran Zarcillo (‘Great Tendril’) international competition by the winery’s Dulcemar wine and others. Bodegas Tintoralba received various honours in the Gran Selección Awards Castilla La Mancha 2016, notably gold medals for the red Tintoralba 2015 and the sweet Tintoralba Dulce 2015 and silver medals for the white Tintoralba Blanco and red Tintoralba Selección Orgánica (‘Organic Selection’). The 2015 Tintoralba Garnacha Tintorera and 2015 Tintoralba Roble were awarded silver medals at  the Bacchus Wine International Competition, Spain’s leading wine competition. Bodegas Cano’s 1860 Vendimia Seleccionada (‘selected harvest’) was a gold medal winner at the ‘Mono Vino’ Monovarietals Competition. The 89 points awarded by the Guía Peñín 2016 edition are also a highlight. Bodegas Almanseñas won silver with La Huella de Adaras 2013 and a much-coveted gold with Adaras Huella 2014 at Mundus Vini 2016, and the latter wine was also scored at 91 points in the Peñin Guide 2017. In the same current edition of the Peñin Guide the Adaras Calizo Garnacha Tintorera 2015 achieved a score of 90 points. Hacienda El Espino is well-known for the quality of its ‘1707’ range of wines, which, as the ‘5 barricas’ website explains, pay homage to the countryside in which the vines are grown and the year of the historic battle fought there. In the 2017 edition of the Peñín Guide, all the wines of Bodegas Atalaya are awarded scores of over 90 points. Specifically, Laya 2015 receives 90 points, Atalaya del Camino 2014 leaps in with 91 points, and the 92 points achieved by Alaya Tierra 2014 confirm its status as one of the best Garnacha Tintorera wines in the country. As well as the above, Alaya Tierra 2011 was again ranked in the ‘Elección de Vivino: Top Wines of 2015’ list. In the Guía de Vinos Monovarietales de España 2015 (‘Guide to Single Variety Wines of Spain’ 2015 edition), Bodegas Virgen del Belén was awarded 89 points for its Mirador de Almansa and 87 points for its Cañada de Belén wines. Finally, Bodegas El Tanino has achieved sundry honours with its 1752 Tinto de Garnacha Tintorera 2011, notably a gold medal at Bacchus 2016 and a silver at Mundus Vini 2016, as well as achieving a score of 90 points in the 2017 Peñin Guide....