Chef Profile: Xixón

We recently sat down with Executive Chef Cristobal Lopez from Miami based Spanish restaurant Xixón to chat about why working with Ribera y Rueda wines is easy and delicious. We hope his thoughts inspire all your pairings!

  1. What sets RyR wines apart from other wine regions?

Tempranillo grapes reach in Ribera del Duero a special tenderness and texture comparing wines from other regions. Verdejo grapes give a special character to the Rueda region if you compare with other white wines.

  1. How easy do you find to work with RyR wines?

Not difficult at all, in general RyR wines are so versatile and adaptable to so many receipts. 

  1. What’s your favorite pairing for RyR wines?

It’s not easy to choose one. Perhaps a “cocido or red meat” with Ribera and a “white fish no one in particular” with Rueda.

  1. How would you describe RyR wines to a customer?

Generous wines, with a big offer, variety of tones and flavours. Easy to drink comparing wines from other regions and countries.

  1. What would you recommend your customers look for RyR wines?

I always try to ask first what they would like to eat (if they want), having that information I will try to offer the best pairing for them. In the end, we are talking about a pleasant experience.

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