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Toro

Toro A Day Visiting the Toro Castilla y Leon, Spain Tinta de Toro bush vines are planted this way as an adaptation to the climate. The Tinta de Toro grape has adapted thicker skins and an uncanny ability to thrive in these harsh growing conditions.... (more...)

Artadi

“The Rebel of Laguardia” Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa                                                  The entrance to the Artadi facility just outside Laguardia. On a beautiful October morning, we made our way to Laguardia... (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 the greatest... (more...)

Bodega Contador

The Wines of Benjamin Romeo San Vicente, Rioja The “Big 3” from Bodega Contador, the famed and controversial San Vicente Rioja producer. Our first actual visit to a wine producer in Rioja was to Bodega Contador in the village of San Vicente... (more...)

An Eagle Soars over Ribera

Dominio del Aguila Burgos, Spain Jorge Monzón of Dominio del Aguila Near Burgos, in the northeastern part of Ribera del Duero, Dominio del Aguila quietly has started making some of the best wine in all of Spain. Near Burgos, in the northeastern part... (more...)

Leading the Way Forward – Telmo Rodriguez

Spain in the Rise of the Terroir Age The Wines of Remelluri and Telmo Rodriguez   Welcome to Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Of all the visits we had scheduled in Rioja, Remelluri was the one I was looking forward to most in hopes of discussing... (more...)

Spain – The New Frontier?

An Overview Part I Telmo Rodriguez of Remelluri and Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez (Rioja and others) While Spain may be one of the oldest winemaking countries in the world, it seems that only in the last few years are the Spaniards starting to... (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 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...)