Editor’s note: This article was written in 2006, and I am no longer an English teacher, but the information here is as relevant now as it was then. Iberia does not hide winemaking from children, nor do I sense they ever will. Â Allow me to begin this post […]
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“Vintage of the Century!” “Terrible vintage across the board!” Vintage, Vintage Vintage! UGHHHHHHHHH, enough already!!! What exactly does vintage mean anyway? Does it even matter? Should you care? With the fear of being chided, goaded, spurned, and in the end, dismissed by all my “geek” friends, I am willing to […]
Our next installment in the series “Iberian Wine Myth Busters” is on Sulfites! I was at the airport recently, waiting in one of the never-ending lines to catch a flight from Madrid to the States when I struck up a conversation with an elderly-ish American couple on their way back […]
A few days ago, I hopped on the train here in Terrassa and headed down to Barcelona to have a peek at the wine shops available to me. I visited several, but I want to share my experience about one store in particular, a wine store that stood out from […]
Â Conca de Barberà is mainly an agricultural region devoted to vineyard farming. The first grape-vines were brought from France by the Cister monks,who arrived to the monastery of Poblet. Since then vineyard farming spread fast throughout the whole region thanks to the excellent quality of the soil. Except for […]
In 1980, the special classification of Denominacion Especifica (Specific Denomination) was applied to the word Albarino, used to refer to the wines produced in the province of Pontevedra in the autonomous community of Galicia. While the concept of Denominacion de Origen already existed to protect certain regions that produced wines […]
Occupying the northwest corner of Spain, the province of Galicia is nestled snugly between various mountain ranges to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and Portugal to the south. The area was first colonized by the ancient Celtics in the sixth century B.C and Galicia was […]
Palomino Fino is a white grape most famous for its use in making sherry. Known in South Africa as Fransdruif and White French or Listan in France, it can also be found in Australia and California. Named after Fernan Yanez Palomonio, one of King Alfonso X`s knights, Palomino is a […]
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.
The other night, I was helping a friend out at her restaurant where they were hosting a large office party. To start off, the evening, everyone had a choice of either a Cosmopolitan or a glass of Cava. For the first half hour, people milled about drinking their beverage of […]