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Tasting the Future (and Past) of Spanish Wine

April 1st, 2012

I hail from the land of butter-bomb Chardonnays and high-alcohol Cabernets. It is a place where numerous winemakers conform to the new norm of producing wine in an effort to gain a rating worthy of the Robert Parker elite rather than create a wine which characterizes the body and soul of the winemaker, the grape, and the land. Yes, I live in California. This is not to say there are not amazing wines being produced here by people with a love for the vine and the process. There are many. The forme...

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Featured Wine: 2008 Petalos del Bierzo (DO Bierzo)

June 19th, 2011

Owned by Alvaro Palacios and his nephew, Ricardo Perez, Descendientes de Jose Palacios produces extremely consistent and delicious wines. Having "conquered" Priorat Alvaro had been wanting to try something new. The timing was right as Ricardo had finished enological studies and was travelling across France in an effort to gain as much knowledge as possible. In 1998, the two decided to team up and seek out a region with three key indomitable ingredients: steep hillside vineyar...

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A Foreigner’s Guide to Spanish Cheese: Vaca/Cow (Part 3 of 5)

February 6th, 2011

Traversing the craggy mountaintops and mountainsides of the Iberian terrain we descend to the lush, green pastures of the mountains and valleys of (predominantly) Northern Spain. Our gaze turns from the agile and energetic goat (cabra) to the more docile and passive cow (vaca). They graze primarily on the stretch of land that extends from the Cantabric Mountains (Galicia to Pais Vasco) to the Pyrenees (Navarra, Aragon, and Cataluña). The continental climate ensures copious amounts of rainfall an...

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The Adventure Begins…

September 11th, 2009

I'm sitting in the British Airways lounge at LAX. Thank God for lounges!!! Unfortunately, they don't have any Spanish wine or cava available, but there will be plenty of time for that. There is nothing like having five TVs to watch with daytime soaps, Divorce Court, and Martha Stewart. UGH! So... I pulled out the September issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine and read the cover story - Spain's 10 Best Wines. Yahoo!!! What a way to start the Bodega Adventure! This article really showc...

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Bierzo: Red In A Sea Of White

July 24th, 2009

In my previous post I mentioned a wine from the D. O. Bierzo. I am always looking for something different and even difficult to find so when I found a D. O. that I was not familiar with a couple of years ago I was ecstatic. The D. O. Bierzo is situated in northwestern Spain in the province of León. It sits just east of Rías Baixas - Spain's top white wine producing region. The climate here tends to be a bit mild and has a higher humidity due to the Galician influence. The l...

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