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Tag Archives: La Mancha

The Vibrant and Dynamic Wines of Spain’s Radical Center

I well remember my first experiences of Spanish wine, I was only a child, but mixed with enough Gaseosa I seem to recall finding it palatable. Every summer we would spend our holidays in Javea, midway between Valencia and Alicante. We usually drove down through France, but occasionally used the […]

How is the 2008 Iberian Harvest Shaping Up?

Feel the chill in the air, the earthy aromas of dried leaves and wet soil, the vibrant orange and red colors on the tip of the leaves like small dabs of paint radiating from the deep dark green background? Sigh, this is my favorite time of the year. I love […]

Iberian Wine Links around the Web

After having a fun filled adventurous weekend of walking along the Mediterranean shore, hiking our local mountain, La Mola, in 65 degree temperatures, and finally, given a private tour through the famous Barcelona Cemetery created in 1883, I thought it might be time to catch you up on last week’s […]

Gourmet Cheese in Madrid

Two years ago, Food and Wine magazine talked of the revolution in Spanish artesian cheeses. After being outlawed for decades under Franco’s dictatorship, Spain has only recently been rediscovering and bringing back their artesian cheeses. Spain celebrates its regional cuisine, and if you ever comment on your plans to visit […]

2002 Bodegas Fontana La Mancha Fontal Crianza

2002 Bodegas Fontana La Mancha Fontal Crianza – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, La Mancha (5/16/2006) 85% tempranillo 15% cabernet sauvignon 12 months US oak Deep maroonish in color. the nose shows a rich raspberry, with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and minty chocolate. Medium tannins and a soft mid weight acidity help […]

Spanish Cava Primer

Every dining experience tends to be made up of dozens of small choices that can dramatically change your enjoyment of a meal. Smoking or non? Eat-in or take-out? Lo-calorie salad or deep fried cheese? It may just be that I am a freak about food, but I for one agonize […]

Primer 2005 – Carbonic Maceration

Carbonic Maceration: A winemaking technique used to produce light, fruity red wines with a distinctive character. This definition taken from Answers.com goes on to explain the process with which this “light fruity wine” is made. Last month, I wrote about my experience drinking a Carbonic Macerated Spanish wine, terrified that I […]