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Tag Archives: Spain

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 […]

TN – Fructuoso 2002

Have you ever opened a bottle of wine, poured yourself a small sample and a smile slowly crept across your face. What meets your olfactory receptors is a mix of fruit, spice and everything nice. In fact, you find your nose lodged so deep into the glass that you seem […]

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 […]

Spanish and Portuguese Schist!

What is Schist? To answer that question, I found a great article about Schist, written by Bill Nesto, MW. Everything you could possibly want to know about this soil type can be explained in the previous article. However, I want to talk about Schist from the perspective of taste. A […]

Rioja Wine Sales are up!

The exportation of wine from Rioja have grown by 3.3% in the first ten months of 2005, relative to the previous year. The sales amounted to 56.3 million litres, according to the Grupo de Criadores y Exportadores de Vinos de Rioja (Group of Breeders and Exporters of Wines of Rioja)… […]