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Rioja – Nouveau?

Last week, I was in La Rioja – more specifically in the Rioja Alavesa region which butts up against the eastern mountains that surround Rioja on one side. I spent two nights, one in Haro and the other in LaGuardia, during which I tasted some amazing Spanish wine, saw some scenery […]

Bodega Liberalia

Last week I was able to take a one day trip up to the DO Toro located 2 hours North of Madrid. I met with two bodegas, one of which I’ll tell you about in a later article. This particular article is based on my short visit to Bodegas Liberalia. […]

Where is DO Ampurdan-Costa Brava?

She’s back! My wife and blossoming wine enthusiast, once again, adds a bit of her growing knowledge to my humble blog. Hope you all enjoy, and let her know you want more! Till soon, Ryan Opaz Last September, I had the privilege of spending two weeks biking throughout one of […]

Tempranillo: A Noble Wine Grape

Editor’s Note: Here is the next article in a series from my lovely wife Gabriella. This one focuses on her experiences learning about the wines that come from the grape Tempranillo. Currently she is gone for a month leading a bike tour, but when she returns expect more articles as […]

The Wine Harvest in Spain has Commenced!

Yesterday, I went down to [La Mancha->http://www.lamanchado.es/index_en.html] with a close friend of mine from Madrid. His goals were twofold: first, to pick up his kids from his parents, and second to introduce me to some winemakers and their vineyards. Obviously, I was game. Since my arrival in Spain, I’ve been […]

Granacha Blanca Makes Great Wine

In Spain, Garnacha Blanca has remained an important varietal, albeit minor, lending both body and fruit to the white wines of [Alella->http://www.doalella.com/], [Priorato->http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller/pageGen/0,3346,1549487_4946338_4944445_1108_-1,00.html], [Tarragona->http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller/pageGen/0,3346,1549487_4946338_4944445_1127_-1,00.html], [Navarra->http://www.vinonavarra.com/] and [Rioja->http://www.riojawine.com/]. While wonderful for backing up rich white blends, with better wine making technology some winemakers have learned to make quality wines from Granacha Blanca all by itself.

Interpreting the Spanish Wine Label

The Spanish Label at First Glance Deep earthy browns, oranges and reds. Strong bold letters celebrating both history and culture. Elegance and beauty displayed in the gold detailing. Tradition. Pride. After 30 years of being a closed culture under Franco, it is of no surprise that their labels express both […]