Author: Piotr

How to pair wine with Paella?

A year ago I spent some time in the beautiful city of Valencia. While soaking in the local traditions, culture, language, I was also interested in local cuisine. One of the essential dishes is definitely the paella. In Valencia, the paella Valenciana comes only with rabbit, chicken, and snails. There is one with seafood, which is also very popular, especially with delicious fresh ingredients. The third common type is the paella with vegetables only, where most of the attention gets several local varieties of beans. Well, I was not only eating the paella but also learned how to prepare it. This part of the year brings all the memories again, about the time I have spent in Spain. Even though paella is not a very autumn dish, I noticed some fresh beans in the local markets and decided to cook one again. Side fact: in such an international city like Frankfurt am Main, with a large Spanish/Latin community, it is surprisingly hard to get the proper paella rice! Even in places like Kleinmarkthalle, you will …

Godello, the grape that almost went extinct

Godello is not an ordinary grape, it brings an interesting story with it. Imagine, once it almost went extinct, but thank the hard work of Spanish viticulturists it’s slowly gaining more interest. The interest well deserved!  Where does the grape really come from? Some sources say that it was first recorded near Valencia, in the town of Godella. Other sources say that it was first cultivated in the Galician region, somewhere near the border with Portugal, which would also be supported by its genetic proximity to local Portuguese grapes. Wherever it really came from in the past, no one can deny the quality of the wines that are produced with that grape — both as a varietal wine and as blends.  “Under the dictatorship of General Franco, the wine export was prohibited. Additionally, he believed wine should be restricted only to the needs of the Church.” I can still clearly remember my first encounter with Godello. It was in Valencia in Spain, and I had only a little clue about wine at that time. I was hunting …