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.
After having powerful reds that knock you off your chair like a Tempranillo or a Garnacha, it was a pleasure to open up a bottle of white Xarel.lo that offered the perfect accompaniment to our meal: chicken gyros with an avocado tomato salsa and greek yogurt sauce. Bodega Albet i […]
As you know, we recently set up a forum for ourselves to allow for conversations about Spanish and Portuguese wine. Great fun idea if you are solely interested in Iberian wine, but it is nothing as extraordinary as the forum that has recently been designed for www.wineblogatlas.com. What makes the […]
Last night, we opened a bottle of the 2004 Viladellops from D.O. Penedes. A simple rustic looking sunflower adorns the label with the name of the wine placed to the right of the sunflower. The bright yellow flower bleeds into the lettering slowing changing to a metallic silver by the […]
Last weekend, we had the privilege of conducting our very first wine tasting in Barcelona. Completely informal – meaning sans Power Point, sommelier cup and Ryan in a suit (and if you believe that we’ve ever conducted a wine tasting in this manner, I have a bridge to sell you) […]
As the temperature soars in the 70′s here in Catalunya, we thought it was time to do some “spring cleaning”. Sure it’s March, but as with all international weather abnormalities as of recent, it is of no surprise that we thought a new look accompanied by a faster server was […]
As Saturday has finally arrived, it is time to take a look around the web as to what has crossed our path this week: Hold Placed against Restricting Alcohol Ads Spain had proposed a restriction against alcohol advertising in attempt to lower the rate of under-age drinking. In the past […]
Cap de Barbaria Petit Hotel stands in a wine-producing estate. Consequently, we wanted to create a small unique vineyard in 1999 that produces the best quality of wine possible from the Cap de Barbaria terroir. The hotel and restaurant were originally a grand estate fromt he 1600s that was restored into both a quaint exclusive hotel and a restaurant renown for its French Mediterranean cuisine.
This past Saturday, in honor of “Open That Bottle Night“, Ryan and I sat down to a candle lit dinner to pair with our special bottles. We feasted on braised short ribs on a bed of polenta covered in a sauce made of a large handful of various dried mushrooms, […]