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Palomino Fino

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 […]

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.

Regional Profile – D.O. Cava

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 […]

Treixadura – Trajadura

Lightly scented grape that is found in the wines of Northern Portugal, most notably Vinho Verde, and the wines of Galicia in Spain. Often blended with other grapes such as Albariño, Loureiro, Lado or Torrontés. When utilized by itself tends to produce wines of light body with citrus flavors and aromas.

Verdejo

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 […]

Vermouth – Straight up!

When I worked in my liquor store back in the States, I became enamored with old, long lost cocktails that once held a place in the better bars around the world. I studied the Martini, originally 4 parts red vermouth to 1 part gin. I fell in love with the […]