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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...)

Sherry Wine Part III

Sherry Types and Styles A Venenciadora serving Sherry from a venenciador (image credit: es.wikipedia.org) Fino Fino is the lightest and brightest of the entire range of Sherry wines available.  Completely dry, fortification packs a punch at about 15%... (more...)

Sherry Wine Part II

  Maturation of Sherry  The Solera System At the heart of the blending and maturing of Sherry wines is the Solera system that allows for constant production and a consistent style to be achieved by a Sherry producer.  The Solera System and the Bodega... (more...)

Sherry Wine Part I

Sherry Wine Part I Sherry might just be one of the most misunderstood and least respected wines in the entirety of the wine world.  Massively popular in decades and centuries past, Sherry fell out of favor in the second half of the 20th century as table... (more...)

Spanish Wine Aging Requirements & Current Trends in Rioja

As a primer for a visit to Rioja this October I wanted to take this opportunity to review the regulated oak barrel aging requirements for Spain. In particular we’ll review how they are defined for the country and then vary slightly between what... (more...)

What Kind of Wine Buyer are You?

“A Thirsty Mind and an Open Palate” Buying Wine Part 2 Having trouble deciding what wine to buy and why? (image credit: drinksfeed.com) Good, bad or indifferent, we all fall into different types of buyers of many different products.  Wine is a particularly... (more...)

Where do you purchase your wine?

Where to Buy Wine Selecting a Wine Merchant       One of the most frequently asked questions I get from people is “where do you purchase your wine?”. Well, the actual answer is kind of complicated as the answer is “everywhere”... (more...)

Esporao: The Gentle Ecological & Viticultural Giant

  Esporao The Gentle Ecological & Viticultural Giant Reguengos de Monsaraz Alentejo, Portugal   Vineyards and the estuary at Herdade Esporao        Our last appointment of the day was deep in the far south east section of the... (more...)

Cartuxa: Our First Wine Estate in the Alentejo Region of Portugal

Cartuxa Alentejo: Evora, Portugal “Cartuxa: The Charitable Wine Company” Herdade Cartuxa in Evora, Alentejo As we drove south from the Douro Valley we made our way on a highway that wound through the hilly northern... (more...)

Quinta Vale Dona Maria & Lemos Van Zeller

Quinta Vale Dona Maria &  Van Zeller   A Drive Through The Torto River Valley Douro Valley Portugal Arriving at the front gate of Quinta Vale D. Maria   As we rode the twisting and winding road through the Torto River Valley to our... (more...)

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