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Spanish Wines Get Specific

As the world’s winemakers look to single vineyard wines to mark them out from the crowd, a trip through southern Spain with the Grandes Pagos de Espana took one-up-manship to a different level. Grab your passport and join me on this whistle stop tour. The Grandes Pagos de Espana are an association of top Spanish single wine estates, “equivalent to the Grand Crus of Bordeaux and Burgundy”, according to President Carlos Falco. There are 30 member estates spread throughout Spain from Rioja in the north to Jerez in the south. Look out for the black square logo on the back label. That said, I think the logo’s too small and should include “Single Estates of Spain” below “Grandes Pagos de Espana” to better attract explain the concept to global consumers We flew into Madrid and then took a smo...

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This wine region is making waves.

This region may have a section at your local retailer, but perhaps you haven’t noticed it yet. Then again, the wines may appear in the catchall “Wines of the World” section, where they are hidden g...

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What it means to be a wine icon.

There are lots of wine brands out there, but only some can be called iconic. These brands shape winemaking in a forward-positive direction. They lead the charge on new initiatives and dare to be di...

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Superior Summer Reds: Dolcetto

On the last night of Nebbiolo Prima, something quite unusual happened: we left the area of Barolo and drove thirty minutes south, to the township of Dogliani, where nebbiolo is not grown. While thi...

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Wine in the Movies & on TV

Jun 22 at 12:00am
We've had a relationship with wine for several millennia and counting. This relationship has been documented in a number of ways, but so much has been lost to the ravages of time. Gaps in history l... Read More »

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Chenin Blanc Strikes Back

Jun 16 at 12:00am
In case you haven’t heard, June 17th is Chenin Blanc Day. And like so many wine lovers, one of the first places I go for great Chenin Blanc is South Africa. While South Africa is considered part of... Read More »

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Beaujolais Wine is in Bloom

Jun 9 at 12:00am
Some Burgundy winemakers pull their noses up at Beaujolais but, like it or not, these hilly picturesque vineyards just up the road from Macon are an integral part of the illustrious Burgundy region... Read More »

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Secret Sauce Wines: Murrieta's Well

Jun 1 at 12:00am
My admiration for Murrieta’s Well and their winemaker, Robbie Meyer, is no secret. I’m so glad that The Whip and The Spur are available at retail shops across the country, giving folks ample opport... Read More »

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A Journey to the Heart of Rias Baixas

May 18 at 12:00am
Have you ever tasted ten wines in sixty minutes? In my experience this is one of the best ways to get a crash course in a grape or region. You’ll come away with a wealth of understanding and ready ... Read More »

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Ribera y Rueda: A Tale of Two Wines

May 16 at 12:00am
Americans seem to be growing in curiosity about Spain. Numbers indicate Americans traveling to Spain are on the rise each year, while at the same time Spanish restaurants and tapas bars are spreadi... Read More »

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Tasting Tommasi: Amarone for the Ages

May 12 at 12:00am
Pierangelo Tommasi is the Co-Proprietor and Export Director of Tommasi Viticoltori, a family-owned winery founded by his great-grandfather in 1902 in the heart of Italy’s Valpolicella Classico regi... Read More »

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Nebbiolo Grape News from the Source

On the 2013 & 2014 Vintages in Piedmont

May 9 at 12:00am
News travels very fast in our hyper-digital age—sometimes too fast. Or maybe it’s not so much the speed of communication as the nature of the news itself. Here’s an example: In the fall and winter ... Read More »

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When your wine grapes get frosty...

What does it mean for your wine?

May 2 at 12:00am
One only has to look to Burgundy this spring to understand the ramifications of frost damage in vineyards. According to Chris Mercer of Decanter Magazine, it is being called “the worst frost for th... Read More »

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Vintage Update: Bordeaux 2015

Apr 28 at 12:00am
Just a few short weeks before Bordeaux En Primeur 2016, I found myself back in Bordeaux to re-taste the 2015 vintage. Bordeaux’s 2015 vintage is proving to be quite fascinating. Some are shouting f... Read More »

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