Qubél in Press and Guides
It is the time of publication of annual wine guides, and we want to emphasize the comments on Qubél.
We thank Alexandra Bülow, a German journalist who writes for the newspaper Die Welt, and who has visited us recently, the words he devoted in his article on the wines of Madrid and Juan Fernández Cuesta with his poetry review in Diario ABC.
View the Peñin Guide ratings on Qubél.
View the Intervinos Guide ratings on Qubél.
View Qubél on the ABC (newspaper)
View Qubél on the Die Welt (german newspaper)
This post in Spanish: Qubél en La Prensa y Las Guías
The Enoteca is getting ready for Christmas. Although the global economy is not going very well, we do not want our friends and customers miss a good Qubél or Mayrit this year. Therefore we have prepared some presents at a very special price, withoutstanding wines and another very good product of our region, the cheese from Campo Real.
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This post in Spanish: Catálogo de Navidad
We want to congratulate one of our collaborating travel agencies, Atlanta Viajes, on their recent winning bid to be the subcontractor in charge of the familiarization trips for the tourism promotion board, Turismo Madrid. Atlanta, one of the largest destination management companies in Spain, has always included Enoteca Qubél in the possible activities for their clients in Madrid, and we hope to continue to serving them and their visitors. Atlanta Viajes are known for their extraordinary service and professionalism. Anybody who needs help organizing a trip to Spain for themselves or their company can contact Rafik Sidki by email or by telephone +34 913 196 076.
This post in Spanish: Felicidades a Atlanta Viajes
This year, Wines of Madrid held their annual presentation in the Presidential Balcony in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium where the Real Madrid football team is headquartered. It is a more luminous and modern space, though smaller than the Hotel Palace, the usual venue.
We always like to invite all of our friends to visit us at the fair, but the prescience of 30 wineries this year in a smaller space forced the D.O. Vinos de Madrid to restrict the guest list to sector professionals and the press.
Even so, we would like to include you in the act by including the press release and reminding all of our friends and clients that our door are always open at the winery for you to try our new wines.
This post in Spanish: Feria de los Vinos de Madrid
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The winemaker tells us:
As always, meteorology is out of man’s control. Each year, year after year, it continues to present to our surprise, all the combinations and variables imaginable which definitively affect the growth and maturation of our vines.
They say that we farmers always gripe that the weather never is good enough. The truth is that I only tell my worries when asked, and as the weather is never perfect, one should not take it as complaining but desire for the ideal conditions for the water and temperature needs of the plants.
Fortunately our geographical situation is very favorable, 42º North latitude and an altitude 777 meters above sea level. Both give excellent conditions for the type of grapes and wine we want to produce. Concretely, in this zone, the periods of growth and maturation are relatively predictable. The exceptions lie in the hail storms and spring frosts that one wishes to escape like the plague, and that fortunately don’t always strike in a determined place.
Spring of 2010 saw generous rainfall and, thanks to that and our soil composition, the earth retained enough moisture to prolong the vegetative stage more than in other years. The summer, as usual, was hot and too long for my liking, though this year’s recorded maximum temperatures were actually somewhat below other years. I feared a loss of acidity in the grapes as the summer grew longer, since heat and lack of precipitation provoke a drop in acids, but gratefully, September offered us some moderate rain that caused a change in the plant metabolism that helped recuperate the low acid levels.
Finally, on the 23rd of September, when we estimated that the grapes had reached the desired phenolic maturity, we commenced the harvest of our five grape varieties. The syrah was better rooted this year and presented a better quality with moderate, but uniform production. On the other hand, our Cabernet Sauvignon lost quantity and uniformity of production due to an attack of oidium that, curiously, only affected this variety. The Tempranillo invariably showed her riches, making it as endearing as ever. Lastly, the Malvar, a typical variety of Madrid, also surprised us with well formed and tasty grapes.
In summary, we’re never at a loss for worries. But in the end, we always wind up thanking Mother Nature for her generosity and for giving us these marvelous grapes in return for simply paying her a little attention and not contaminating our surroundings.
This post in Spanish: Vendimia 2010. Telemadrid nos visita.