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Tag Archives: wine tasting

The Icewine Debate Continues…

After my brief rant concluding that the new icewine DO in the Penedés was a crock of bureaucracy, I was contacted by David Furer, the original author of the article in Decanter, where the world was first introduced to the news. Evidently, he had a back and forth with Randy DuFour, Export Manager for Vincor Canada – a company with icewine in its blood, as it were – regarding the validity of the new Spanish DO. Published almost 100% in its entirety, we hope you take a moment to comment with your thoughts on its their discussion below. Let the debate begin! Hi David: I read your article in Decanter this morning…I can’t believe the Spanish gov’t/EU would allow this…what […]

Lusco Albariño 2006 – Aging Whites is a Matter of Choice

One of the most common questions I received when working retail in Minnesota was, “Can this wine age?”. For whatever reason, Americans have an obsession with aging their wines. Maybe it’s the youthfulness of the nation? Maybe it’s our fascination with ancient European history? Or maybe, it’s just the dream that one day we’ll wake up to a forgotten 10 year old bottle that has tripled in value leading to an easy retirement. Either way it’s an obsession. I can’t say that I have completely shed this cultural baggage myself. I do appreciate the beauty and subtly of an aged wine. With the opportunity to taste older bottles on a more regular basis, I find I enjoy a bit of […]

Get Your “Wine Fault” Out of My Glass: Misconceptions, Misnomers and Misadventures with Wine

Do you know what a wine fault is? I thought I did, until the London International Wine Fair when APCOR, the Portuguese acronym for Associação Portuguesa de Cortiça (Portuguese Cork Association), sponsored a tasting on wine faults. They’re goal was to help guide wine professionals and social media influencers through an educational session that described the various faults that can effect a wine’s aroma and taste other than cork taint. Why talk about every other potential fault in a bottle of wine except cork taint? Quite honestly, cork has occasionally gone through the wringer among wine professionals and mainstream press. The continuous debate between cork and screwtops is endless, leading to loads of articles in wine magazines and wine videos […] On Tour: Tasting Wine Across Spain – First stop Utiel-Requena

On Wednesday evening, a rather miraculous event occurred in the offices of the Consejo Regulador de Utiel-Requena, located just northwest of Valencia. 17 bottles of wine from across the region, each from a different bodega, were put on display for a dozen bloggers to explore. These bloggers, ranging from winemakers to foodies, traveled up to 4 hours to not only support their friend and cohort, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo, but also taste wines from an “undiscovered” Spanish region. Born in Zaragoza, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo is one of our main contributing writers for our Spanish site, An oenologist by trade, he’s spent the better half of 2 years as a consultant for wineries, wine shops and wine fairs interested in furthering […]

The Bacchus Awards: The Question of Validity in Wine Competitions

Gabriella and I were recently asked to help judge at the UEC’s (Spanish wine tasting union) bi-annual Bacchus awards. Held in Madrid at the posh and very right leaning social club “The Casino”, whose membership is no longer open to anyone other than the offspring of current members, the judging took place in a room that could host court for any royal wedding, coronation or banquet ball. The event is a bit over the top. The tasting itself is held double blind, meaning we know nothing of the wines region, producer, or country of origin and only grouped into “styles” something that is at times very loosely defined (semi sweet sparkling), I dove into the first 40 wines. The first […]

Tapas and Spanish Wine: A London Based Trade Tasting

Editor’s Note: Last week, we asked London food and wine blogger, Rachel McCormack, if she would be interested in revisiting her previous residence of Spain by attending the Wines of Spain (ICEX) trade tasting in London. With her sweet Scottish brogue, Rachel wholeheartedly accepted. Thanks so much Rachel for providing us your take of not only the tasting, but the current state of the Spanish wine trade in London. When I was a child, I used to love Spain. I’d been on holiday three years in a row to the small town of Pollenca in Mallorca and I’d come home and rave about how much I loved it – the food, the language, and the people. Generally, I was met […]

Is there Something New about Perfume and Wine?

Editor’s Note: This post continues our theme of connecting wine – Spanish, Portuguese, or otherwise – with a wide variety of sensory experiences, be it classic music or perfume. As said by Olfactory Artist, Maki Ueta, “Olfactory preferences are originally locally oriented. They correspond to the evaporating character of aromatic substances. Each culture has its own special smell representation. Nowadays a lot of natural daily-life smells are disappearing because of the drastic changes in lifestyle. The chemically reconstructed smells made by the mass industry are invading us everywhere, and erasing and replacing the natural smells. On a street in Japan you smell Chanel #5 just like you do in Europe. I consider this phenomenon as the nasal globalization.” We couldn’t […]

Drink Ribera Grand Tasting

Emerging from the subway station in SoHo, pelted by rain drops and blasts of frozen air, the anticipation and excitement of today’s event kept me warm inside. The day had finally arrived. The Drink Ribera Grand Tasting event was only an hour away. Today’s events promised to impress even the most seasoned wine professional, not to mention one extremely enthusiastic Spanish wine consumer. First, a little about the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. Ribera del Duero is located on Spain’s northern plateau approximately two hours north of Madrid. The region extends into four provinces – Castilla y León, Burgos, Segovia, and Valladolid, and practically dissected horizontally by the Duero River. Wine-making in this region dates back more than 2000 […]

The Grand Garnacha Tasting of Robert Parker – Wine Future Conference

It was a little tricky to get in. This was the showcase event. The world’s most famous wine writer, and arguably, the single most important individual in the global fine wine trade had come to Rioja for the first time in almost 30 years. Robert Parker was holding court. The great and the greater were there, and even a few nobodies, such as myself. For me, the attraction of the WineFuture conference in Rioja has been the caliber of the speakers and the debate around the issues facing the wine sector, but there was no doubting, by virtue of the queues and the visibly high security presence that Robert M. Parker Jr. was very much the main draw. His wine […]

Top 5 Tips for Drinking Wine at Sea: Expect the Unexpected

Having finally disembarked off the National Geographic Explorer from our 5 day voyage soaring across the Atlantic, there were some key lessons learned that need to shared. I say this emphatically because if you ever find yourself opening a bottle among friends, or leading a tasting for 150 people on a cruise ship, don’t hesitate to keep these five rules at close hand. Trust me, you’ll need it. Note to readers – much sarcasm is embedded in the lines below. 1. Small Glasses & “The Foundation Effect” – Despite popular belief that small glasses will lead to smaller pours, we learned that at least on our boat, this was far from the case. If anything, most glasses were filled about […]