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How are Women Uniting Portugal through Wine?

If I say fire fighter, what gender pops into your head? Doctor? Nurse? Taxi driver? Construction worker? Beautician? Historically, many of these professions were predominately occupied by one gender, but not both. In today’s world, there are very few professions that are solely occupied by either men or women. Unfortunately […]

Spain’s Female Winemakers are the Stars of Today’s Spanish Wines

Apart from his famous phrase “in vino veritas” / “In wine there is truth”, Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder (23 to 79 BC) wrote in his “Natural History” that a woman’s menstruation spoiled wine, turned crops unproductive and fields barren. This phrase gave way to a misconception that was upheld […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 4, 2010 Location: Penedes, Catalunya, Spain About: We see Xarel.lo as a cross between the coquettish and cute Drew Barrymore and the spicy sultry side of Charlize Theron. She’s the grape that gives Cava its gorgeous structure and acidity, when paired with Parellada and Macabeo, while offering just […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Controversial Grape of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: April 21, 2011 Location: Utiel-Requena, Spain About: With a climate ideally suited for growing Bobal and a score of growers and winemakers passionate about preserving their heritage and rewriting the modern wine story of their region, the DO Utiel-Requena has sparked the interest of the true wine aficionados […]

The Future of La Bobal

In 2013, Spanish winemaker, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo, presented me with my very first glass of Bobal at a wine tasting in Madrid. The wine was a monovarietal, picked from old vines, that showed an intensely potent fruit and flowery bouquet. The flavor was so vibrant and fruit-forward that I felt […]

Iberian Wine Harvest 2011 – A random assortment of challenges

This year, we’ve heard a wide range of harvest stories from across the peninsula: earlier than normal harvests, some later than normal, while others are reporting red grapes being picked before the white grapes – a highly unusual event. Consequently, we’re absolutely clueless as to how the 2011 vintage will […]

It’s Not Unnatural to be Wine – A Skeptic’s View

Television viewers in the UK will have recently been treated to an advertisement for Dolmio Ragu sauce in which a family of towel-textured, round-faced puppets make lasagne while a voice-over tells us Dolmio tomato sauce is made from ‘100% natural. Which is nice if you want to be reassured that […]

Vuelta España Stages 15-16: Sidra, Cabrales and Roast Chicken

In our next installment of La Vuelta a España (check out the first, second, third and fourth installments), we head north to the wine barren land of the Iberian Peninsula. With Spain being slightly smaller in size than Texas, and with a population roughly equivalent to that of the west […]