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W & J Graham’s 1890 Port Lodge

Graham’s Visiting A Legend of the Port Trade Symington Family Estates Earlier this year, I made my first wine-related work trip to Portugal and third overall.  I had the chance to check out the newly renovated Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim in... (more...)

E. Guigal

Guigal Spring Tasting New York City April 2017 Etienne, the “E.” in E. Guigal, was the grandfather of the current head of the enterprise, Philippe Guigal.  Etienne started Guigal in 1946 just after the Second World War. France was in tatters... (more...)

Linden Vineyards

Middleburg AVA Northern Virginia Wine Country Greenstone (left) and granite are the two main soil types in the 3 Linden vineyard sites. Jim Law founded Linden Vineyards over 30 years ago and seems like the kind of guy that has his priorities in the right... (more...)

C.V.N.E.

Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España La Rioja Alta, Haro                   The CVNE badge decorates one of the original limestone building that dates back to the late 1800s. The last visit scheduled in Rioja was to one of the old stalwarts... (more...)

Artadi

“The Rebel of Laguardia” The entrance to the Artadi facility just outside Laguardia. On a beautiful October morning we made our way to Laguardia to check out one of the first Rioja producers I started to collect and taste, Bodega Artadi. ... (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...)

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