Tag Archives: Bierzo

Tasting the Future (and Past) of Spanish Wine

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,…
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Featured Wine: 2008 Petalos del Bierzo (DO Bierzo)

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

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…
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The Adventure Begins…

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…
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Bierzo: Red In A Sea Of White

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…
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