Conde de San Cristobal, The Ribera del Duero wine that had Michelle Obama swooning

 

                    A historic journey and an exceptional wine

botellaIt was 88 years since an incumbent American president had visited Cuba, and to celebrate the landmark the Obama family sat down to dine with the island’s president, Raúl Castro, on 21 March.

A pleasant dinner at one of Havana’s finest “paladar” restaurants, the wine accompanying the historic soirée being Conde de San Cristóbal, a Ribera del Duero that delighted First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by a dish entitled “Havana Sensation”, a meat fajita with salsa and fried plantain.

 The secret of Conde de San Cristóbal

With an estate covering 80 hectares just 5 km from Peñafiel, producing little more than one bottle per plant, always using its own grapes, Conde de San Cristóbal is known as one of the most elegant and balanced wines of the Designation, with an absolute commitment to quality.

Aged for 12-14 months in new barrels of French, Russian and American oak, it sells for around 15 euros. Conde de San Cristóbal has claimed various awards, including three stars in the Premium Select Wine Challenge Prowein 2015; the Silver Medal at the Brussels International Wine Contest 2015, the Bronze Medal at Decanter 2015 and the IWC 2015 at the International Wine Challenge.

 

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