Most Spanish families continue to celebrate Christmas traditions, not just getting together on one day, but enjoying two weeks of parties, sharing meals and time with family and friends. Diaries fill up with events and special dates, all with the added sparkle of excitement.
Every year, traditional recipes, Christmas menus and toasts come together in perfect harmony. Many of these important occasions are celebrated with suitably special wines, such as our LAN Gran Reserva. A wine that has spent 24 months in French and American oak barrels, with a further 36 months’ ageing in the bottle. The vines average 40 years of age and are located in La Rioja Alta; 94% Tempranillo and 6% Mazuelo (from Haro, Villalba, Foncea and from Viña Lanciano, our vineyard in El Cortijo), this wine is a great example of “the wisdom bequeathed by time”. During the more than 60 months that it spent in the winery, the wine and oak have married together with unhurried calm and serenity to become a Gran Reserva, one of the types of wine to have spent the longest in the winery.
A cheese selection is one of the dishes that is always present on our tables. Every region has its own – always delicious version – of this food. Mature, creamy, made from raw milk, smoked, blue…all perfect for pairing with LAN Gran Reserva, although the more intense the flavour, the better it will pair with the wine.
Another typical Christmas dish is roast meat. Whether suckling pig, baby goat, lamb, beef or poultry, like turkey, it features as Christmas or New Year’s Day lunch in almost all homes. A perfect union of flavours when complemented by LAN Gran Reserva. If you are serving oven-baked fish as a main then it can also be paired with this wine. Less of a classic match, but one that we urge you to try.
Game dishes with sauce, pork or ox cheeks and stews also feature on many menus over the festive season. Recipes that take a long time to prepare and involve many ingredients, making them the perfect base for LAN Gran Reserva.
Enjoy these holidays in the very best company and remember: if you are going to serve more than one type of wine, white and un-oaked wines should be served first, followed by the longer aged ones.