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Tag Archives: Spain

100+ Varietals and Counting!

By now, everyone knows that I’m a sucker for an unknown varietal. Give me a wine with a grape whose name I’ve never heard of and I’m a happy man. Be it a Schiopettino from Italy or a Nergamoll from the Canaries, until I’ve tried it, I won’t be satisfied! […]

Alimentaria 2006

Today at midnight, we are heading off to Catalonia, which is located in the northeastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula containing everything from the craggy Costa Brava coastline to the mountains of the Pyrenees, along with cities such as Barcelona, Tarragona, Lerida and Gerona. Generally known for its milder climate, Catalonia […]

Grape Profile – Alicante Bouschet

Common Names: Alicante Bouschet (Portugal) Garnacha Tintorera (Spain) – Dark juiced hybrid grape that can produce deep dark wines, with spice, rich fruit and a gentle earthiness. Trivia fact number one: Most red grapes have white juice! This is best illustrated by the fact that most wines from Champagne are […]

Osborne Wines and Tasting Notes

Last weekend, we had the opportunity to take a two hour bus ride down to Malpica, located southeast of Madrid near the Tajo river. The fabulous occasion was an invitation to the Osborne Malpica Property – home of the infamous Osborne Solaz- to see an art opening, and by all […]

Wine Blog Wednesday – Wine Shops that Feel the Love

When I first arrived in Madrid a year ago, I did as any good wine geek should and set off in search of my personal wine store. You know how it goes, as wine geeks we browse all the stores we can find, buy wine from all corners of town, and even peruse the ever growing online wine retail business; but we still have our store! The one that always is willing to go out of their way to help you find a special wine, or that helps you arrange a tasting. I used to be that shop. When I lived in the states my shop was the place where every customer had a name and my staff and I made sure to use it. I miss that community and I’m glad I have a little bit of it here in Madrid.

Short intro to Ribera del Duero

Aranda de Duero is a town located approximately 2 hours from everything. When I was visiting Aranda this past week, my friendly guide summed it up simply by stating, “Aranda de Duero is two hours from Madrid, just over two hours from Santander, two hours from Rioja and two hours from […]

I’m alive!

Just wanted to post a quick note to say I’m still here. I just got back from a 2 day trip to Ribera del Duero where I visited two bodegas and talked with a new wine tour company. I had a great time and I will have write ups on […]