Founded in 2004 by the highly-respected Dominio de Tares estate in D.O. Bierzo with the objective of recuperating and maximizing León’s Prieto Picudo variety. Reduced to a few hundred acres of old vines in the hands of local cooperatives, this variety had for years produced prickly, refreshing dry rosés, despite its high levels of color, extract, acidity and alcohol. Having acquired approximately 75% of the old vineyards, Dominio Dostares has applied production methods perfected in Bierzo to produce high-impact reds to challenge Spain’s highest level. Début in 2007.
Just wanted to give everyone the update that Penin’s Wine Guide has just be released in the US. We, personally, have been using the Spanish version of this guide since our arrival to Spain, where it is considered one of the principle guides of spanish wine, and have felt it […]
First, allow me to extend an enormous thanks to everyone who participated in our first Virtual Wine Tasting. To our great surprise, we had an incredible start to our new series with people such as Dr. Debs, John, Andrew, Vinvenio, Sonadora and Bill Bennet contributing not only some fun impressions […]
Dr Debs at Good Wines under $20 challenged me with a great question, “Why do I blog?”, and in all honesty, I’ve never actually considered the question for any length of time, until now. So, why DO I blog? I blog because I love to write, primarily. I love the […]
Officially, Julian Jeff’s book, The Wines of Spain, has been cracked! For those of you unfamiliar with Julian Jeffs, he is considered one of the foremost writers on European wine, and has written several books solely on topic of Spanish and Portuguese wine. Julian began his career as a barrister […]
There is a time when someone throws in the towel and admits defeat. I am not a Spanish wine expert. I can’t pretend to play one on TV, nor can I say convincingly lie about it to strangers or acquaintances on the street. I began this adventure as a result […]
Somontano, meaning ‘under the mountain’ is located among the foothills of the Pyrenees and the Ebro River Valley in the Northern region of Aragon. As a result of its unique proximity along the French border, the majority of the wines elaborated in the region acquired very particular characteristics which have […]
Last night, right when the sun was setting over the mountains creating an intense and beautiful collage of pinks and purples, we sat down to grilled green peppers and sausage and had a little epiphany: why not videotape ourselves drinking rosé instead of writing up a traditional tasting note! Not […]
I am officially slamming my gavel down and declaring our Virtual Tasting Theme for April, Rosé! Why? For several reasons. One, I like rosé wines and because I am the official “decider”, rosé it is. Two rosé wines can be absolutely fantastic and worth exploring. Three, we tend to think […]
As many of you have heard over the past year, Somontano is becoming a hot spot region for intriguing wines. The home of thirteen native and foreign grape varietals, this region has become famous for its ability to successfully blend both old and new grape varietals to make unique quality wine. If you like the more structured wines of Bordeaux this is the region to try. Cabernet seems to be king, though is blended with everything from Merlot to Syrah and Grenache.