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An Overview of Spain Part II The vineyards of San Vicente in La Rioja, from the village top of San Vicente. 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...)

Sherry Wine Part III

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... (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...)

Wine & Soul

  Wine & Soul Pinhao Valley, Cima Corgo Douro Valley, Portugal September 2, 2013   Sandra Tavares da Silva, winemaker and vineyard caretaker of Pintas at Wine & Soul Wine & Soul was our first Quinta visit the morning after... (more...)

Merlot’s Homeland

Merlot’s Homeland Bordeaux’s “Right Bank”  Day 1  Touring Pomerol and Saint Emilion Photo op at the minimalist Chateau Petrus      A few years ago Lisa and I took a vacation to France... (more...)

Campania Wine Travels: A day in the Italian countryside

Campania Wine Travels A day in the Italian countryside featuring wines from  Taurasi, Avellino and Greco di Tufo  July 25, 2012      The night before this adventure into the Campania wine regions, I was reading up... (more...)

Adventures in Aquitaine

Adventures in Aquitaine “A day of adventure from the French Atlantic coast in the west to Saint-Emilion in the east “Aquitaine:  The ancient name for a region in France that includes Bordeaux within its regional outline.  It is a... (more...)

Chateau Brane-Cantenac

Chateau Brane-Cantenac Vertical Tasting     A few weeks ago Chris Riccobono, from the video blog Pardon That Vine, invited me to taste a select vertical of vintages of the renowned Bordeaux Chateau Brane-Cantenac. Brane-Cantenac... (more...)

Bordeaux Wine Tasting

2008 Bordeaux Wine Tasting Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Great Wines of Bordeaux USA Tour – New York City Each year the UGC of Bordeaux tours the US to offer samples of the new vintage to the trade and consumers. The tasting represented... (more...)

Obsidian Ridge

Obsidian Ridge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Obsidian Ridge Vineyard Red Hills Lake CountyNorth Coast, California$25        I am taking this break and one more until I get back to our Bordeaux trip, it was supposed to only be... (more...)

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