The art of pairing wines and cigars. Once again the Nicaraguan cigar brand Condega celebrates the art of pairing with the wines of Spanish winery Bodegas Valduero. That happened on a visit to its facilities in Gumiel del Mercado (Burgos).
The winners of the last Condega’s raffle were invited. They enjoyed a tour through a surprising labyrinth of tunnels. Those are excavated more than 20 meters underground. 4,000 oak barrels and a million bottles of one of the best Spanish wines are stored in those tunnels. Pepe Palacios, CEO of Condega Cigars acted as the tour guide.
Bodegas Valduero offers to store customized wine barrels. Customers include the former queen Doña Sofia, Placido Domingo, Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and the Michelin chef Martin Berasategui. Condega Cigars has customized wine barrels stored at the Bodegas too.
The event also included a typical Castilian meal, consisting of soup, suckling lamb and desserts typical of the area. Several different wines from different years were paired with several Condega cigars. The wines included Valduero Crianza 2015, García Viadero 2018, Valduero Reserva 2012, Valduero 1 Cepa 2015, Valduero Reserva Premium 6 years 2010, Finca Azaya Premium 2012 and Valduero Gran Reserva 2009. The cigars paired were the Condega Serie S Momotombo (limited edition), Condega Serie F Robusto, Condega Serie F Mini Titan, and Condega Serie F Arsenio Edición Limitada.
Wine and tobacco share a large number of technical and cultural similarities. Their growing and processing such as fermentation and aging share similarities too.