A few weeks ago, while I was in Minnesota, I made a quick dash into a wine store that I feel is a “must see” for those of you in the Twin Cities. Solo Vino, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been rated one of the best wine stores in the Midwest by both the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Magazine and the City Pages. Founded in 2001 by Sam Haislet, the former sommelier at Zander Café, and Chuck Kanski, another sommelier at places like the Vintage and Pazzaluna, feels as if their intention was to create a liquor store that resembles an incredible restaurant’s wine list.
Greetings from the balmy state of Chicago where the cicadas are chirping louder than the bustling traffic of Madrid. Some of you may be aware of this already, but I have been wrapping up some paperwork in the States, while taking some extra time to visit friends, family and of […]
Much ink has been spilled touting Spain’s rise to fame as being one of the foremost wine producing regions in the world next to Argentina and Chili, but when you live in the country for which you have dedicated your livelihood to promote, it is difficult to truly get the […]
Allow me to give you a one word response of what it is like for an American who loves wine to go back her homeland after living in Madrid for over a year, big! We are talking big people, big cars, big houses and just sexy big wine stores. When […]
Bodega Valdamor produces exclusively from the Albarino grape that has grown on 20 to 50 year old vines from the Salnes area in Galicia. As a result of their desire to pick only the best grapes, they have chosen to not only harvest each plot of grapes by hand, but also vinify each one separately. Although this might sound like a painstaking process when you consider the hilly landscape, it actually isn’t because the vines are typically trained on pergolas (horizontal wires attached to poles allowing the vines to grow up onto them off the floor) to avoid rot that can easily occur in wet and hot environments such as this.
The Condes de Albarei winery is internationally recognized for elaborating their wines with an aromatic, long-standing Albarino grape native to the Salnes Valley in Galicia. Formed by more than 400 partners who own over 170 hectares of vineyards, the winery produces an average of 1.5 million bottles of wine annually.
What you are looking at here is not your average little winery tucked inside the rolling green hills of Galicia. Martin Codex owns the largest vineyards in the entire DO Rias Baixas wine region, approximately 215 Hectares in total. With the help of the mid Atlantic climate bringing a wet humid climate and Rais Baixes unique soil type, the Albarino grape has thrived, potentially helping Martin Codex become the giant it has.
Recently, The Spanish Wine Federation (FEV) published a report on the sales and value of exported Spanish wine during the first four months of 2006. In short, the sales and value of DO wine rose 9% and 10% respectively as compared to the same period of time the year before. […]
1998 Bodegas Olivares Jumilla Dulce Monastrell – Spain, Murcia, Jumilla (6/30/2006)Dark purple almost black in color. Incredibly complex wine that reminded me of a port. It is a sensuous wine to me that needs to be appreciated with either a pungent blue cheese or chocolate, but is too sweet and […]
2003 Abadia Retuerta Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León Rívola – Spain, Castilla y León, Sardon de Duero, Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León (6/20/2006)60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 months in barrelDark ruby color that has a beautiful consistency reminding me of both a texture and […]