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Quinta do Vesuvio

“The Quinta of all Quintas” Winemaker Bernardo Napoles proudly representing Quinta do Vesuvio Our afternoon appointment in the Douro was in the western part of the Douro Superior at the legendary home of the Queen of the Douro, Quinta do Vesuvio. ... (more...)

Lopez de Heredia

Haro, La Rioja October 22, 2015 In a courtyard along the Ebro River in Haro, one can visit many of the old Rioja stalwarts like Lopez de Heredia. The first appointment that I made for this trip was with a Bodega many in America consider to be the greatest... (more...)

Bodegas Vega Sicilia

Ribera del Duero October 21, 2015 The doors leading to the Vega-Sicilia Unico vinification room. The Ribera landscape is virtually desert, dry with red, brown and gray everywhere we looked on an overcast October morning on our way to visit the most revered... (more...)

Bodega Contador

San Vicente, La Rioja October 22, 2015                         The Rioja village San Vicente from a Contador vineyard Our first actual visit to a wine producer in Rioja was to Bodega Contador in the village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra... (more...)

Quinta do Vale Meão

“A Ferreira Legacy Thrives” Quinta do Vale Meão October 16, 2015 Meao olive groves and vineyards before the river from the view up at the Chapel. Quinta do Vale Meão has a rich and complex family history that was born out of the legacy... (more...)

An Eagle Soars over Ribera

Dominio del Aguila Burgos, Spain October 20, 2015                       Jorge Monzón of Dominio del Aguila Near Burgos, in the north eastern part of Ribera del Duero, Dominio del Aguila quietly has started making some of the best wine in... (more...)

2013 Bordeaux Vintage Assessment

Photo credit: cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk

UGC New York City Sotheby’s 1/25/2016 Map credit: cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk Across the board wines from all appellations and villages in Bordeaux felt the effects of a difficult 2013 year of weather. The wines are at best echoes of a great vintage... (more...)

Leading the Way Forward

                                    Spain in the Rise of the Terroir Age                            The Wines of Remelluri and Telmo Rodriguez             The front gates to Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Of... (more...)

Spain – The New Frontier? (Part II)

An Overview of Spain Part II           In the vineyard at Bodega Contador in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. As I wrote in my last article, some of the best producers in Spain have reached an inflection point in what they think Spanish wine should be. ... (more...)

Spain – The New Frontier?

An Overview of Spain Part I                     Telmo Rodriguez of Remelluri and Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez (Rioja) While Spain may be one of the oldest wine making countries in the world, only recently have the Spaniards started to... (more...)

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