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Our Visit to DO Montsant and the Spanish Bodega – Laurona

Approximately a year and half ago, Ryan and I made a quick jaunt down to the Priorat to visit Bodegas Ficariavins before heading north to attend Alimentaria in Barcelona. Our trip was short, lasting only two days, but the crash course in Priorat and Montsant wines gave me the necessary foundation I needed before our second visit last week with Tim from Winecast.

Spanish Bodega Profile – Dominio de Tares – DO Bierzo

Founded in 2000, the Bodega was created with the philosophy of elaborating wines from the native varietial, Mencía, using 40 to 100 year old vines which express the complete terroir of Bierzo. Our philosophy is very different than the Château concept where one only uses grapes located from the vineyards surrounding the Bodega, whereas we rescue and revive the old vineyards throughout the Bierzo to elaborate the single variety (Mencía).

Iberian Wine News from Around the Web

Torres China is an e-commerce site marketed towards the 100 billion Chinese Internet interested in purchasing their wines online. Now with the help of Baron Philippe Rothschild, who recently bought 10 percent of the company, projected figures are expected to increase beyond the 54.4% growth seen in 2006. Personally, I just hope this doesn’t mean a decrease in sake consumption.