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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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Break Out the Tempranillo – It’s Time to Celebrate!

November 12th, 2014

Fall. A chill fills the air while leaves change hue. White wines have been consumed, and red wines are finding their way into shopping carts. And it is just in time. This Thursday is International Tempranillo Day. On November 13, 2014, the wine world will, for the fourth consecutive year, celebrate one of its fastest growing varietals. Tempranillo, indigenous to Spain, is considered the country’s “noble” grape. It is used predominantly in wines produced in Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, and Cast...

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Wine Hotels in Spain: Charm and Luxury Along the Rutas de Vino

September 21st, 2013

Finding the perfect hotel in the right location never ceases to be a challenge. Many of the villages along the Rutas de Vino in Spain have become home to some of the country’s (and world’s) most unique hotels. And what is the best thing about these hotels? They are part of a growing trend of wineries with hotels on site (many locally owned and operated by the winery itself). It is the perfect marriage for traveling wine lovers. However, to ensure the best experience one must consider a number of...

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Codorníu-Raventós/Aveníu Brands Winemaker Tour

May 26th, 2013

Recently seven of the world’s finest winemakers converged for the first time in the United States. New York City and Washington, D.C. played host to the first-ever Codorníu-Raventós/Aveníu Brands Winemaker Tour which aimed to bring together the eight winemakers which make up the Codorníu Raventós portfolio. Representing ten wine regions in three countries these winemakers presented a vast selection of incredible wines from their individual wineries. I had the good fortune attend the Washington, ...

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Spanish Wine Tour 2013

March 31st, 2013

The time has come. Nine months of waiting anxiously my driving trip to two of Spain's premier wine regions: 1) Rioja, and 2) Ribera del Duero (Wine Enthusiast's 2012 Wine Region of the Year). I would love to share with you in advance the amazing winery tours and hotels that are on the agenda, but, painfully, I will have to make you wait for the full experience! Just know that incredible food and wine will be consumed daily at historic and modern bodegas and restaurants. I will be in Madrid the l...

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