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Iberian Book Review: The Wines of Madeira by Trevor Elliott

I must begin with a confession. I was never very fond of school. I endured the typical K through College plus before severing myself devoting full time to my own interests. I have no gooey stories about the teacher who inspired my life. I can’t sit still for Goodbye Mr. Chips and fail to stay awake for Mr. Holland and his opus. There is just no sentimental trigger in me in this school notion. It could be the ever presence of Sister Mary Darth Vadar who tracked my early years with her constant heavy breathing and cheerless response to my imaginative antics. In terms of how to amuse my classmates she said “why?”, and I was inspired to say “why not”? In my youth, I […]

Iberian Book Review: Marion Trutter’s “Culinaria Spain”

Culinaria Spain is a coffee table book not really designed for the spots and spills of a working kitchen, and I believe its creators never intended it to lean up against the counter backsplash while you took a whack at fideuà (Fideo). It is part of a series that has raised the bar in the unique experience of armchair cooking. Like its kissing cousin, armchair travel this cooking experience requires a comfortable seating arrangement with good light and inviting setting that easily brings you to spend more time than you intended when first sitting down. It is about the joy of imagination, and if you’re craving a dash of creativity, Culinaria Spain is an outstanding companion for your journey. It […]

Iberian Book Review: Pete Wolstencroft’s “Tapas and Tintos”

Pete Wolstencroft’s Tapas and Tintos was electronically thrown on my desk from Catavino suggesting that it had my name on it. Maybe it did, and maybe it didn’t, but there it was, and I settled in with a set of expectations led by the title. Well, it is not a book on Spanish food and wine. The longer I searched down that alley the less satisfied I was. What I did find was two books under one cover title; one of which I think has a future. The author takes us back to his UK roots to an occasion of decision making. His self described sour career of bad luck introduces a man of wit that makes for a delightful […]

Part 4: Music and Wine Pairings for Piano Concertos

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series covering classical music and Iberian wine pairings by Burt Frink. To understand its origins, and why Burt felt a series was required on the subject, please read his first piece. His second piece covered classical and chamber music, while his third covers pairings for male vocal recitals. I love the silence I share with myself and a glass of wine. Often, but certainly not always, I bring music into the experience. Invariably it is classical music Why? It fits. I find the Piano concerto to be the friendliest of the classical genres. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is what most non classical listeners associate with the concept of the […]

Part 3: Music and Wine Pairings for Male Vocal Recital

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series covering classical music and Iberian wine pairings by Burt Frink. To understand its origins, and why Burt felt a series was required on the subject, please read his first piece. His second piece covered classical music and chamber music. I love the silence I share with myself and a glass of wine. Often, but certainly not always, I bring music into the experience. Invariably it is classical music Why? It fits. Classical music roots are in the human voice. Instrumentalists often refer to their choices of technique in terms of emulating the voice. To see this importance recall that the jazz vocalists often emulate musical instruments. Is this a chicken […]

Is there Something New about Perfume and Wine?

Editor’s Note: This post continues our theme of connecting wine – Spanish, Portuguese, or otherwise – with a wide variety of sensory experiences, be it classic music or perfume. As said by Olfactory Artist, Maki Ueta, “Olfactory preferences are originally locally oriented. They correspond to the evaporating character of aromatic substances. Each culture has its own special smell representation. Nowadays a lot of natural daily-life smells are disappearing because of the drastic changes in lifestyle. The chemically reconstructed smells made by the mass industry are invading us everywhere, and erasing and replacing the natural smells. On a street in Japan you smell Chanel #5 just like you do in Europe. I consider this phenomenon as the nasal globalization.” We couldn’t […]

Part 2: Classical Music and Iberian Wine Pairings for Chamber Music

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series covering classical music and Iberian wine pairings by Burt Frink. To understand its origins, and why Burt felt a series was required on the subject, please read his first piece. I love the silence I share with myself and a glass of wine. Often, but certainly not always, I bring music into the experience. Invariably it is classical music. Why? It fits. One of the most suitable choices is the genre of Chamber Music. These are small ensembles of musicians playing with each other. Think about that for a moment. If you are a working musician (God forbid! Such a life.) you spend nearly all of your time suiting your […]

How to Pair Iberian Wine and Music: An Introduction

Editor’s Note: Burt Frink is not only a close friend of ours, but one of the most cultured individuals we’ve ever met. His ability to explain an opera, cook a 18th century French dish or dance the waltz with immense grace and dignity is astounding to our X Generation spirits. Thus, after the vast interest we received on our comparison piece on classical music and wine, Burt has taken a personal interest to chime in on a series dedicated to the subject. Now although Burt will be applying international grapes, regions or wines to a specific musical piece, we’ll make sure to add a Spanish or Portuguese compliment – as we are an Iberian wine site. Thanks Burt for your […]

A Remeberence of Vina Tondinia

Recently, I had asked a close friend of ours, Burt, if he was familiar with the ever so famous Portuguese wine, Mateus. Being both a man of culture and class, I figured he would probably have an intriguing take on the socially significant drink. Here was his take on both Mateus and rosé in general…. I live far north in the United States and am accustomed to late springs and early winters. Bud break arrived three days ago with inquiry from Gabriella regarding my memories of Mateus Rosé. I, being of near ancient age, was a pup when Mateus was the rage and she knew I would remember this gooey, bubbly fizz. Responding to her questions set my mind off […]