by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Annually we have Paella Day at Reyes Winery. This year we are celebrating Harvest with Paella. We do a mixed version with chicken, fish and vegetables. Robert started making paella in the 1980’s with his childhood friend in Miami. He has created this recipe we will feature this coming Saturday, September 28, by choosing things he likes.
Paella is a rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain around the 19th century. Many people around the world have believed that it is the national dish of Spain, yet Spaniards have said it is regional dish. There are many types of paella, such as seafood, vegetarian or mixed. The original Valencia style paella consisted of rice, chicken, rabbit, snails, green beans, white beans (maybe Lima or butter beans), rice with saffron and sometimes rosemary.
We will be featuring our 2015 Amber Chardonnay and 2011 Les Deux Rois. Our Renaissance by Reyes Winery 2011 Les Deux Rois has won many awards including a gold medal and 90 points from the 2014 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition, plus second prize for best label in the 2014 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. In addition, it has received a bronze medal at the 2014 Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
This is a blend of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The label depicts our family crest, which represents an extensive ancestral history. It has a rich ruby red color with aromas of plum, dark cherries and a hint of cocoa. On the palate you get a continuity of its delectable aromas. This wine can be paired with so many dishes. Enjoy with beef bourguignon, three month Manchego cheese or berry bread pudding.
Come and enjoy Robert’s paella at Reyes Winery this Saturday from 2-5pm. It is $49 per person and includes two glasses of wine, paella, salad and dessert.
For more information, visit www.reyeswinery.com.