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Beronia Wine Dinner:
We were given a wonderful opportunity to sample wines of the same style from different regions of Spain made by Matias Calleja from Beronia in the North West of Spain and Beatriz Paniagu from Finca Constancia from Castelo, at Camino Bankside. These were served with an array of courses each carefully matched to the wine, by chef Nacho del Campo. We found the ‘crib sheet’ whilst we were sipping a delicious glass of cava, and it did make us smile – hopefully you can see why!
Beronia is situated Rioja in the north-west of Spain, whilst Finca Constancia is in Castelo which is further south with a warmer climate. This was such a wonderful opportunity to see the difference that the climate and location made to wines of the same style made in the same country.
Matias and Beatriz are unique in that they joined together to share their knowledge to produce a premium quality Rueda Verdejo. The wine which blossomed from this collaboration was the first that we tasted. Initially I preferred the Beronia Rueda, a lovely floral white wine, that I could imagine sipping in the garden on a warm summer’s evening; but when the spicy aubergines arrived the Finca Constancia Parcela 52 Verdejo really came into its own.
Our suckling pig was accompanied by a smooth 2011 Beronia Graciano and a vibrant fruit forward Finca Constancia Parecela 12 Graciano, unusually for this region of Spain, this isn’t a blend.
Our lamb was accompanied by a fresh and fruity Beronia EE Tempranillo and a Finca Constancia Parcelo 23 Tempranillo, the latter worked particularly well with the sweetness of the spring lamb.
We finished our dinner with manchego cheese and a fig jam. A complex Beronia Reserva 2011 a blend made from 3 varietals was stunningly good I thought – that was until we tried the Finca Constancia Selection a blend that had spent 22 months in the barrel to fantastic effect.
The food we tried was fantastic. This branch of Camino has a large after work bar scene and was buzzing, I hope that the regular patrons also try the food or they will be missing out on some excellent cooking.
All of the wines are keenly priced for the quality and you can find them here:
- BERONIA RUEDA RSP £8.99 Ocado (& Waitrose from May)
- FINCA CONSTANCIA Parcela 52 Verdejo RSP £10.32 Cambridge Wine Merchants
- BERONIA GRACIANO RSP £14.99 Hennings Wine
- FINCA CONSTANCIA Parcela 12 Graciano Currently only in restaurants
- BERONIA EE Tempranillo RSP £11.99 Ocado
- FINCA CONSTANCIA Parcela 23 Tempranillo RSP £9.75 Cambridge Wine Merchants
- BERONIA RESERVA RSP £13.49 Waitrose, Ocado, Oxford Wine Company
- FINCA CONSTANCIA SELECCIÓN RSP £10.50 Ocado
Disclaimer: We were guests of the winemakers.