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Tasting Spain with Campos de España

March 6th, 2016

      Spanish wine has been in the news off and on over the past few years. The quality of wines coming out of Spain for the price point is virtually still unequalled in the world of wine today.  Some would argue with this statement; but when you add the tremendous breadth of varietals available, Spain truly is still the wine world’s “hot spot” with a plethora of possibility. As a confirmed Hispanophile, I will be the first to tell you I have a love affair with opening and savorin...

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A Foreigner’s Guide to Spanish Cheese: Mixed/Mixto (Part 5 of 5)

April 9th, 2011

Our journey has taken us through mountainous terrain and spacious pastures; it has introduced us to the sprightly goat, the demure cow, and the helpless sheep. We have also eaten some of the most amazing cheeses produced in the world today. Our final gaze turns to those cheeses produced from a combination of two or three of these animals. Greater than 50% of the cheese produced and consumed in Spain is made from a mixture of cow’s, goat’s, and/or sheep’s milk. The largest quantity of the milk co...

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A Foreigner’s Guide to Spanish Cheese: Sheep/Oveja (Part 4 of 5)

March 17th, 2011

Our gallivants through the pastures of the Iberian countryside now turn our gaze from the quiet and inert cow (vaca) to the timid and vulnerable sheep (oveja). I might even say that I am thankful for the animal’s reputation of stupidity – follow the shepherd and eat and drink to your heart’s content for the world is craving the product of your delicious milk. Sheep’s milk cheese is fashioned virtually all over mainland Spain but production is particularly heavy in the mesetas of Central Spain. T...

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Bodega On The Road: Arzuaga Winemaker Tasting

March 6th, 2010

One more Ribera del Duero event beckoned from beyond. This time it was a much smaller event focused on one winery (and winemaker) from the region - Bodegas Arzuaga. The Winemaker event was held at Chelsea Wine Vault (inside Chelsea Market) and was an absolutely tremendous and informative time! The tasting was hosted by Vladimir Garcia (Manager and Wine Buyer for Chelsea Wine Vault) and led by 2nd generation winemaker Nacho Arzuaga. The winery was founded by Don Florentino Arzuaga in 1980 by acq...

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