So we’re right in the middle of Portuguese wine month here at Catavino, but I couldn’t go the whole month without pointing out some of the fun things that we’ve seen around the web for both Spanish and Portuguese wines. First off, we’re still trying to figure out this Domaine547 site which is part store, part community and most definitely interesting. Last week, they tasted a series of Spanish wines available in the USA and included both a nice write-up and some interesting tasting notes. While you’re there, take a moment to vote in the poll as to whether Gary stole the thunda from Lenndevour’s Wine Blog Wednesday.
Speaking of Wine Blog Wednesday, we had fun participating in the 3rd anniversary and want to wish Lenn a big Congratulations on making it this far. Way to go and here’s to many more years to come! Make sure to look at his new website specifically for WBW where even if you don’t have a blog, you can post a review each month!
Moving on, Two Victorias, Twice the Pleasure is a nice article on these name sharing winemakers who are famous for their Rueda wines. Here is a short excerpt on how they got their start together:
Their experience at the lab led to the idea to start their own winery, one which would focus on native grape varietals and traditional winemaking techniques. Yet at the same time, Pariente and Benavides agreed they wouldn’t shun modern science.
In 1998, they quit their jobs and produced their first vintage an unoaked white wine made from Verdejo grapes grown in Pariente’s paternal vineyard in the Rueda region, about 150 km northwest of Madrid.
If you don’t read Koeppel on wine, your missing out. He’s recently started a new blog, Bigger than your Head, and it’s always full of some interesting thoughts. One feature on his main site, however, is what he calls, “Refridgerator Door Wines”. The idea being:
This is the list you print out and fix upon the refrigerator door with a magnet to remind you to pick up a bottle or two at the store. These wines are inexpensive and tend to offer immediate pleasure, some as aperitifs, others to match with food, and some versatile enough for all purposes.
Anyways this weeks group includes many nice examples of affordable Spanish Treats. “This is the list you print out and fix upon the refrigerator door with a magnet to remind you to pick up a bottle or two at the store. These wines are inexpensive and tend to offer immediate pleasure, some as aperitifs, others to match with food, and some versatile enough for all purposes.” Make sure to check it out! Oh and Beau over at Basic Juice writes up what he calls a Non-Rosé Rosé, sounds perfect on a hot summer’s day!
We were big fans of NPR when we lived in the States! Shows like Wait, Wait and the Splendid Table always made us happy. Fortunately here in Spain we can still listen to the Podcasts. So it was nice to hear this past week, an interesting show on how Spanish wine has been affected by climate change and the ways in which winemakers are changing their attitudes towards this global phenomenon. Make sure to check it out and let us know what you think!
Finally, some housekeeping. Are you on the facebook? If so, then you’re like us (we’re addicted to the Scrabble application, wanna play?), and we’d love to have you join our Portuguese Wine Lovers Group! ViniPortugal even knows about it and is watching to see who signs up! So let’s show them that there are people interested in their wines! Feel free to make Gabriella and I your friends!
Also, stay tuned as we work our way through a small mountain of wines. Our hope is to provide some flavor profiles for a handful of regions, as well as provide coverage on several bodegas in the process. From what we’re staring at on our livingroom floor, it looks like the Alentejo and Vinho Verde regions will be covered the most, though we have a nice helping of wines from Terra do Sado and the Dao regions as well. Note to self, the cheapest solution is not always the best solution when it comes to shipping. Only three bottles broke in transit, but the most annoying part other having the wine arrive 3 days late, was when the shipper dropped the palate in the middle of the street and told Gabriella that it was “her problem now”. Oh well, we have the juice now, and we need to do some drinking. Your all invited, just stop on by!
There you go: life in the web-o-vision through an Iberian Wine Lens. Hope you liked the wrap up. If you taste a Portuguese wine this month, please leave us a note in the forum.