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Regional Profile – DO Penedès

The last few weeks, I have had the great fortune of spending some time in Cataluna enjoying brilliant yellow sunflower fields and the still brisk salty Mediterranean water. In short, I had absolutely no complaints. However, being that I was traipsing around the area drinking several bottles from DO Penedès, I wanted to do a bit of research as to the region itself.


A high quality white grape, also known as Rueda Superior, is primarily grown in the D.O. Rueda. It typically produces a well structured and well balanced white wine as a result of its good acidity. Verdejo is both herbaceous and aromatic, generally known for its nutty flavors with hints of […]

Interpreting the Port Wine Label

For me, there is something heavenly, almost sinful, about tasting a glass of port. The urge for a deep ruby or vintage port gets especially intense whenever the temperature drops, a warm fire is roaring before me and a pungent sharp aroma of a Cabrales blue cheese beckons me towards […]

Tempranillo Wine Competition

As if [Tempranillo->http://www.catavino.net/archives/111/2005/09/20/] hasn’t gained enough notoriety through the rise and recognition of Rioja wines, it will now stand off against itself in the annual Tempranillo competition being held in Cologne Germany the 22nd through the 24th of May. With the support of Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade and the […]

Open that Bottle Night

If you haven’t participated in this event in the past, or if you don’t have a clue as to what it’s about, check out [Dr.Vino's short history on the event here->http://drvino.blogspot.com/2006/02/open-that-bottle-night-otbn-7.html]. In short, it’s the time of the year when you find a bottle that you’ve been waiting to open, […]

Gambling with Technology

This morning, as I was perusing [Vinography->http://www.vinography.com/archives/000924.html] to catch up on some past articles, I came across a debate as to whether or not the latest in wine technology is either useful or necessary. He refers to the [Clef du Vin->http://shop.vinummaster.com/Fiches/ClefduVinEn.htm] , a Swiss army knife sized device that can […]

TN – 2004 Txakolina Aretxaga

Last week, some friends of friends came to stay with us for a few days in Madrid while they attended an enormous Tourism Convention called [Fitur->http://www.ifema.es/ferias/fitur/default.html], located in a massive warehouse near the airport. These two gentlemen from the Basque Country were cunning enough to know that by offering a […]