Las Añadas de España Holds its First Health Food, Gourmet and Ecological Produce Fair.


Las Añadas de España Holds its First Minifair for Gourmet and Natural Health Foods.
 
Tuesday 27 July saw Las Añadas hold its first miniferia de ¨productos gourmet, ecologico y saludable¨. The fair was held within the stores tasting area.
 
A number of products were on show from different producers around the Valencia area.
 
Alimentos Funcionales de origen Tradicional, SL were showing their chufa based drink which challenges Actimel etc. The chufa is the tiger nut and is grown in Valencia to make the local drink, Horchata.  ¨Naturvita¨ is made from  the chufa and combined with probiotic bacterias. It contains agave syrup but no gluten or lactose,and is a 100% vegetable  product. It was creamy with a certain aroma and contains a wide variety of minerals and fibre. It is low in sugar and  calories, enriched with Bifidus to help digestion and the chufa contains natural anti-oxidants ( flavonides ) and Omega3.
 
It is currently sold in small bottles through health food shops but the aim is to market it through gourmet shops as well. 
 
Mozaira is the trade name for the olive oil produced by Hnos. Martinez Zaballos in the Serrania de Turia village of Chelva. Again an ecological product the oil is produced from  the Serrana ( a traditional local variety ) and Villalonga ( a newer variety ) of tree. Harvesting begins in mid-November and lasts until January. The terrain is wild mountain with peaks up to 1000m and deep ravines and the trees are planted in small plots and unwatered. Pressing takes place the same day as harvesting at the best point of maturity. The oil is then obtained by twin spinning in two phases.
 
The oil was exceptionally fruity with a good long finish and currently sells at about 23€ for 5 litres for the ¨extra-virgen¨. It is well worth looking out for and a very good example of the excellent oils from this part of Valencia.
 
Also showing were the Jamon products from Barquero whose premises are in Villar de Arzobispo, also in the Serranos area of Valencia. Widely available these jamons are tender with great flavour and inexpensive.
 
Viña Bobal seeks to show another side of the regional grape from Utiel-Requena. It does so with two entirely natural products made from Bobal but which are unfermented!. The zumo de uva ( grape juice ) reminded me strongly of something from the depths of my childhood ( although I don´t remember grape juice being being given to me by my mother! ). It was chilled , fresh and fruity and really very pleasant. Apparently it is the mixture of choice at Valencian fiestas where it may be served with gin, vodka, whisky, brandy  or cava as a mixer to make a cubata. The bobal is well known for the very high levels of antioxidants ( resveratol ) contained within the skins and this is sold as a very healthy product.
 
Also produced is a carne de uva tinta which is like a jelly and contains carragheen as the setting agent. This was also fruity and could be added to a variety of fruit salads or indeed stirred into meat sauces. The small bottles and jars cost less than 50cents each and are well worth a try.
 
 
Sadly only Bodegas Frailes were represented on the night, Bodegas Porsellanes being unable to make it. The Velazquez family property in Fontanars dels Alforins is DO Valencia and producing an increasing range of outstanding ecological wines. Four were available to taste on the night from the higher end of the range.
 
First was the Biologia 2006 , 50% each of Monastrell ( the regional grape variety ) and Tempranillo and has 12 months ageing in american oak. This was dark cherry in colour with a purple rim and typical of the bodegas wines has very long pronounced legs. On the nose concentrated jammy fruit, both red and black with hints of vanilla. In the mouth really full on fruit explodes with beautiful concentration, good acids from the tannins balances this  and it has long length. This is a wine rated by both Parker and the Guia Penin at 89/100.
 
The Trilogia 2006 by contrast has 50% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Tempranillo. This was garnet in colour with a violet edge also with pronounced long legs. On the nose more refined, spicier with more vanilla and balsamic touches,  drier with a touch of the vegetal, probably the influence of the Cabernet. In the mouth it is also very fruity but more refined and displays smooth tannins and a long fruity finish. This was aged 12 months in Hungarian oak.
 
Third wine is the newer La Moma 2007 which I first tried in the Valencia wine fair in April. This is a blend of Monastrell and another local grape Marselan. In colour it was somewhere between the other two wines, medium cherry . On the nose good black fruit, very concentrated. On the palate balanced nicely with solid black fruits and good tannin but it needs longer in the bottle to mature.
 
Finally After3 is the dessert wine from this bodega, a vin dolç from Monastrell. First tasted at the Proava Mostra de Moscatel y vins dolçes in December this is not as concentrated and figgy as some sweet reds. From 50+ year old vines and late harvested atthe beginning of November 2004, it has an intense deep cherry colour, and on the nose red and black fruits, plums and spices. On the palate it is beautifully balanced with intense fruit and smooth tannins without an overwhelming sweetness. It has a long fruity finish and would be superb with pastry based sweets as well as fruit and nuts and some cheeses.
 
 
This was an evening of interesting contrasts and quality products and I look forward to the coming programme of activities after the summer break.
 
 
 
 
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