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Horchata: Spain’s Non-Alcoholic Answer to Summer

August 10th, 2011

Spanish lore is replete with anecdotes of the origin of horchata. Probably the most popular describes a young woman from L’Horta in Valencia who offered King Jaume I a white, sweet drink. The King was very pleased and asked the young woman, “¿Qué es això?” (“What is this?”). She answered, “Es llet de xufa” (“It is tigernut milk”). The King replied, “¡Això no es llet, això és or, xata!” [“This is not milk; this is gold (‘or’), pretty girl (‘xata’)!] Regardless of the origin, I am thankful someone...

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Featured Wine: 2008 Dis Tinto (Valencia)

March 6th, 2010

Are you considering trying something different that you are going to fall in love with? Well, I have your wine! Last night I was preparing my favorite Cuban meal - picadillo (ground meats with vegetables) with black beans and rice - and wanted a wine that had some character without breaking the bank from my wine cellar. I was drawn to the 2008 Valencian wine, Dis Tinto. A choice well-made. Bodegas Enguera was founded in 1999 in the town of Enguera, 35 miles inland and south west of Valencia. It...

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