Noche con amigos en la Enoteca Qubel

Como bien dice mi madre “Si Mahoma no va a la montaña haz que la montaña vaya a Mahoma”. Esto fue lo que pensaron mis amigos el fin de semana pasado. Ya que EL VERANO DE LA VID me tiene ocupada de Viernes a Domingo por la tarde y por la noche, mis amigos decidieron hacer una visita a la Enoteca Qubél y así sorprenderme y hacerme disfrutar de su compañía.

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La noche estaba un poco fresquita pero eso no impidió que, una vez ellos terminaron su cena y yo de recoger, disfrutáramos de la noche de Pozuelo del Rey, de los buenos vinos Qubél y Mayrit, y de nosotros mismos sentados en las barricas de la calle, oliendo el aroma del campo y escuchando el único “ruido” de nuestra conversación.

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¡Gracias amigos por acompañarme el Sábado pasado y por ser como sois!

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Returning to Qubel’s blog…

Returning to Qubel’s blog…

This summer has been really unique. Carlos and Pablo departed to the Arctic in an adventure flight with a single engine Maule airplane. The departure took place at Robledillo airdrome in Guadalajara on June the 20th.  Of course the winery, friends and clients were following their findings and evidences of the World Climate Change, already present in remote latitudes along the Arctic Circle. All of us were very anxious to have the daily report about the flights, knowing that weather is critical for an airplane like the Maule which it doesn’t fly high enough to avoid the incidence of meteorology. In so many occasions we were restless, when the communication with them wasn’t available.

In Madrid we took care of publishing their almost daily posts, see the Blog ( in Spanish language and ( in English language. Every post was related to news, comments and findings about the trip. This information came quite regularly depending if   they had Internet access on those remote sites. To keep the blog alive requires a lot of dedication and time, gathering the messages from these guys in the Arctic and placing the information in the right format and pictures in the blog that is why I got a bit behind with the Bodega’s Blog.

Until the end of July I had to devote myself to the flyers on their search for evidences of the World Climate Change, after all, the airplane had been christened with the name of Qubél.

On July 13th, I had a minor accident in the cellar and broke two small bones from my right foot; this made me wear a cast for a month.  Also the accident   held me back from my usual line of duties and caused an earlier return of Carlos, who was still in Canada finishing interviews and helping our Son Raul with the legal formalities to import the airplane into Canada.

In another sort of matters, surprisingly this summer we have experienced a continued activity in the winery, we have been receiving more visitors this summer than any previous years. The sales went up and export enquiries awoke from its summer slipping state.  Some of the Enoteca Qubél visitor’s groups came from Germany, Russia, Japan, USA, and others nationalities, and of course many visitors from the nearby big city of Madrid.

By the end of August, we participated in the promotional campaign named Food from Madrid held at Mercado de San Miguel. Along three days, we occupy a cart in the Central Market and we were offering in this unique area, our wines to tourists, locals and visitors. It was an interesting experience for us, we liked to contact directly with the public, and also enjoyed the lively breathe o and affable atmosphere among customers, merchants and the market staff. That was a good initiative from the Comunidad de Madrid.

Y en este mes de septiembre  nos disponemos a participar en la , de la Comunidad de Madrid, que tendrá lugar el próximo fin de semana en la  sita en la Casa de Campo.

And a late event placed us participating in a new fair at the end of September. This was the First Spanish Artisan’s Cheese Fair (I Feria del Queso Artesano de España) , held in Madrid and organized by the Community of Madrid.

The event took place at the Madrid Chamber of Agriculture (Cámara Agraria de Madrid)  located in the Casa de Campo.We were there with our wines doing a perfect pairing of wine and cheese. Sorry if you missed it.

I ought to mention that early this month, I escaped from work for two weeks with my friend Isabel Palomino, we went to her apartment at the beach side in Isla Canela. (I swear this was a doctor’s recommendation…) Isabel has a wonderful shop near the marine shopping center  called Canela en Rama (Cinnamon Sticks), it is a natural product’s shop, it is organic, and there  you can find all sort of candles, soaps, teas, chocolates, cosmetics, health supplements, artisan jewelry, fair trade … a real delight to your senses…

We had a marvelous time, not paying attention to the watch, which means having anarchic life. We walked the huge beach only meters away from the apartment, expend time playing with the tides, get absorbed by watching the sunset against the marsh. I personally appreciated the friendship with Isabel and with her friends Manolo and family; they are the owners of fantastic dining Restaurante A3, which is facing the marsh.  In  Manolo’s restaurant you can find the best sea fish offer. You can be sure the fish is prepared in the best cooking manner. Some of my favorite’s choices are the seasoned mackerel, the choco stews with beans and peas, rice dishes with lobster, red shrimps and an endless list of different offerings. Their advertisement is based in the fact that the best stew is made by knowing how to choose the best product.

Now Qubel’s winery is ready to face the fall, just hovering with the cool and moist air that we have been missing along this year…

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Japan, the oriental dream

With our importers in Japan (Vintners)

When Estrella spoke to me about going to present our wines to Japan, I thought she was dreaming. But my feelings towards fearlessness actions are of absolute approval, I thought it was something out of her that I will support it unconditionally. Approval does not mean absence of doubt. We already knew Tokyo from previous family trips, but in this case, we were not aware about the rigors of work, protocols, and those minor details very important for some people and not so much for others, but essential to know and give all the value to the usual habits normal in the Japanese education.

Estrella thoroughly prepared to a maximum all the details. And with those tools and our wine, we went to Japan.

Her work was so good that soon emerged empathy between an extraordinary team of young businessmen from Tokyo, in Vintner´s Inc. They are excellent connoisseurs of wine and to whom we seemed to have the necessary requirements for a relationship so far away.

I will summarize it by saying that the relationship has not only been great, was better than that. We have been working together for a good number of years, they have visited us several times and we have done the same in Japan, we like to work with them in their country, we like their culture, cuisine and especially we are honored by their friendship.

It is worth to highlight and thank the wine for being the mediator in an exquisite and enduring relationship between friends.

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This post in Spanish: Japón, el sueño oriental

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To our customers

Nuestros clientes

We thank all our customers’ importers, restaurateurs, hoteliers, professionals in taverns, the support they are demonstrating to our wines. Therefore, we want to exclusively dedicated space in our blog, to talk specifically about their good work and try as far as we can to help them in the commercialization of our products.

What we really would love is that all pass through the winery to directly transmit them what we feel and the way we understand wine production.

This post in spanish: A nuestros clientes

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New importer in Germany

In export market news, we have an additional German importer, Rafael González, and his company, Iberbodega, will represent us in the Furkfurt area.

 Revelación 2010 and Nature 2004 are the first two wines that he will introduce to that market. Request more information at or visit his website,

You can see here some pictures memory of his dear visit.

Rafael has been so kind as to commmunicate in its Iberbodega page on Facebook that already have our wines. Thank you very much Rafael.

This post in Spanish: Nuevo importador en Alemania

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