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Martín Códax Albariño and another new friend *CapaBunga* top it off over Paella

2008 Bodegas Martín Códax Albariño ~ Inviting aromas of lemon, lemon grass, delicate saffron, and golden grasses made me want to run in that field again on a hot August night by Sabattus Lake. The flavors of this wine, luxuriant lemon, pink grapefruit, and the velvety citrus of a ripe tangerine, just drew me in wanting more. Another sip, and I was happy that this bottle of wine and I had just met… I love this wine, and highly recommend it. It’s so refreshing.

Meanwhile, back at Chinois Asian Bistro, my friend Chang Liow MS has recently introduced me to Marie Murphy. (“Now, there’s a great, Irish name,” I thought to myself, at the time.)

Marie’s new company is called CapaBunga… capabunga.com

She’s based right here in Windsor with me, and has this new product, the CapaBunga stopper. Just put it on top of most wine bottles, and there’s not going to be ANY SPILLAGE when you lay your already opened bottle down.

Do you have any idea how cool this is?!

  1. All those opened bottles, putting corks back inside, having them break off the next time I try to pull out a cork; because I did it like a Neanderthal, rather than use my delicate, piano fingers…
  2. Now I can lay down any wine, and not have it spilling in my Air N Water wine fridge.
  3. One size fits all, including getting it to be used on a bottle of Bubbly.
  4. Easily washable and reusable… over and over and over again.
  5. Come on, tasting room buyers… these are such a marvel!
  6. Marketing people on the road, you can’t be without these.

[I don’t work for them, just got one to try, and easily persuaded with this one…]

Dude, it’s a capsule… contact dude@capabunga.com. It’s only $3.00.

You can buy them at DaVero.com.

So… Santa Claus brought my Jose a paella pan, rice, and inspiration. After downloading a recipe, I sent him out for the Spanish Mancha Saffron Strands, as we take in another quiet day of semi-vaca around here.

I just love the last two weeks of the year, when – if I were still in Maine – I’d be hanging out by the wood stove and hunkered down for a chilly, snowy night.

Instead, I’m in Northern California, the rain continues to drip down here, as it blankets the rest of the United States. (Burrrrrrr.)

And… I’m sipping this 2008 Martín Códax Albariño, thinking how delicious it is, as I wait for Jose to debut his Paella. (I got a bike this Christmas, so I can pedal away from it all, if it turns out badly; but Jose’s going to give it his best shot, so I’m sticking around. He’s usually very successful… Just like the Martín Códax Albariño and CapaBunga.)

As you prepare for the New Year…

CONSIDER: New year, new wine.

As you turn your calendar toward 2011, how about breaking out of your wine box and trying something you haven’t yet discovered, like this Albariño?

It’s so food-friendly and aromatic.

Albariño from Spain (Iberian Peninsula) is proving itself to have a cult-like following, similar to what Pinot Gris is also having in the US. (Interesting fact: more than half of the exports from Spain head for the US.)

All these new elements made it a wonderful day of discover, delight, and delicious finds!

Cheers and here’s to 2011!

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6 Responses to “Martín Códax Albariño and another new friend *CapaBunga* top it off over Paella”

  1. It’s not really relevant to your post, but when I first saw “CapaBunga” I misread it as “CowaBunga.” Remember that?

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    CowaBunga, do I ever!

  3. Kelly Conrad says:

    We just ordered that wine last night at Jose Andres’ new restaurant in Vegas, Jaleo. It was great with the Iberian Ham and gazpacho!!

  4. Jo Diaz says:

    Sounds like a perfect match, Kelly.

  5. Maire Murphy says:

    Hey Jo, thanks for the kind words – CapaBunga -the cap that works like a bung! Dude, it’s a capsule! I’m hoping to get some more out for Winter Wineland coming up in January

  6. Jo Diaz says:

    Marie, you’re welcome.

    Having worked at wineries… The days of the week during this time of year are very quiet, and the staff is minimal… which means that a decision maker might be the one minding the store. A quick trip down any road, say – like Westside – stopping in to say hello and leaving a sample behind with your card, might get you a lot of interest. Then, by the time Winter Wineland happens, they’ll be in tasting rooms for sale and the staff will have nothing but great things to say about CapaBunga. I love mine!

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