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Wine Labeling Law

Did you know that the US is known in Spain as the “Country of Laws”? And if Spain refers to our country in this way, I would confidently make the assumption that our reputation far extends past the Iberian Peninsula as an obsessively “judicial” country. After the most recent bout […]

Bodega Artadi-Cosecheros-Alaveses

Artadi originally began as a small co-operative in the 1980′s surrounded by the walled town of Laguardia in Alavesa. Winemaker, Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle, built the Artadi name by growing and elaborating the traditional Spanish grape varietal, Tempranillo, in high-altitude, chalky soils within Rioja. By the mid-1990s, Juan Carlos took over the property, joined hands with his partner Jean-Francoise, and has nurtured Bodega Artadi into a 75 ha powerhouse it is today.

Mersequera

Mersequera is a white grape primarily used in wine from D.O. Valencia, in addition to D.O. Utiel-Requena, Alicante, Almansa, Tarragona, Vin Vinalopó and Yecla. The grape can also be called, Encanyavella, Exquitxagos, Messeguera, Trobat and Verdosilla. Known as being an extremely adaptable and resilient grape, able to grow in almost […]

WBW 29 – Biodynamic Wines

With Ryan having a wonderful time experiencing the international wine scene from the comfort of our own cellar in the USA, I took it upon myself to tackle Lenndevour’s Wine Blog Wednesday for myself, which so happens to be on biodynamic wines and hosted by Fork and Bottle. Allow me […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Chicago! It has been four days since I have seen Spain, almost two weeks for Ryan, and we are enjoying our visit thoroughly. It is not to say the transition hasn’t been a little strange though considering we are once again surrounded in our native language of […]

Esentia Tours

Esentia Tours is a small travel agency specializing in authentic culinary experiences for the discerning traveler. We believe that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its gastronomy. Each month we offer a different 5-day program based on a “flavor of the month,” as well as programs in Barcelona and 1-day workshops. We have some incredible Michelin-starred chefs working with us, and all of our programs are hands-onâ€â€perfect for food lovers and aspiring chefs alike. Come with us on a journey through Catalonia that will indulge your palate, sate your hungers, and stimulate your senses!

Wine News from Around the Web-o-Sphere

“Around The Web” this week is sprinkled with a pinch of sound decision making, a dash of politics and a splash of statistics. Sound Decision Making Janis Robinson, a world renown wine critic, recently posted an interesting article on her site about the 2006 Rioja Vintage. According to Janis, The […]